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Aloe vera toothpaste gets scientific backing
Aloe vera is an excellent anti-inflammatory and soother of skin inflictions, but until now we only has word of mouth that it is also good for healthy teeth and gums. The study, published in General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry’s peer-reviewed journal, looked closely at the use of aloe vera gel as an active ingredient to cleanse and soothe gums, as well as its use in toothpaste to help fight cavities.
In my personal survey of one this week, I can confirm at least some of these findings. A couple of days ago my gums and inside of my cheeks started to feel inflamed and sore (I may be allergic to the new tube of toothpaste I started). So I decided to put aloe to the test. I have some 100% aloe vera gel and I rubbed a tiny amount into the sore areas and, much to my astonishment, they were soothed almost instantly. It's almost tasteless as well. I've kept it up for the last 18 hours and am almost back to normal.
Meanwhile, back to the scientists. They found that the aloe vera gel invariably equaled the performance of the commercial toothpaste brands it was pitted against and in some instances actually proved to be more effective at controlling cavity-causing organisms. The research also highlights the fact that aloe vera tooth gel tends to be less harsh on the teeth than commercial toothpaste because it does not contain such abrasive elements found in other compounds of the same nature.
However, the article also highlighted the fact that certain formulations might not contain the correct form of aloe vera, which should always be the stabilized gel located in the center of the plant.
Let's hope that the new aloe vera toothpastes coming on the scene have heeded that advice. At least Kiss My Face Aloe Vera Toothpaste Triple Action is using organic aloe vera. It is joined by horse chestnut (supposedly good for gums - although I haven't found any research yet to back this up) and CoQ10, which has a proven track record for curing gum disease (clinical studies have shown that people with gum disease have low levels of CoQ10). The other great thing about this toothpaste is that it has nothing nasty in it.
Glycerin (Vegetable Source), Sorbitol (Plant Origin), Hydrated Silica (Mineral Origin), Certified Organic Aloe Vera, Water, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Peppermint Oil, Horse Chestnut, Hydroxyethylcellulose (Plant Origin), Menthol (Natural Origin), Ubiquinone (Co-Q10), Tea tree Oil, Xylitol (Plant Origin), Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex (Natural Coloring).