We are all about being transparent here at Sparkoal Beauty. We want you to have the knowledge of what ingredients we use and why. Knowledge is power and transparency is crucial for you to feel safe about the products you use.
Here are the ingredients we use in our toothpaste and why...
What is Activated Charcoal?
Read all about it HERE in our previous blog post.
Why is Activated Charcoal good for your teeth?
Read all about it HERE!
What is Diatomaceous Earth?
Food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) is a fine powder made from diatoms, a type of fossilized phytoplankton.
Why is Diatomaceous Earth good for teeth?
Diatomaceous earth has a negative ionic charge. Positively charged bacteria and parasites (plus some viruses) are attracted to it like magnets are attracted to one each other. The pathogens get trapped in the center and carried out of the body. It works like activated charcoal does, that the impurities are adsorbed by the DE. This is one of the reasons why it is great at cleaning teeth.
Diatomaceous Earth is pretty hard too, which may seem like a bad thing to include in toothpaste, but it is not bad. It is a gentle abrasive, which also contributes to how it cleans and whitens teeth. One of the primary causes of teeth discoloration is the buildup of plaque and tartar, and stains from food and drink. By using a gentle abrasive, you can safely clean and whiten your teeth.
What is Xylitol?
Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is from the fibrous part of plants.
Why is Xylitol good for teeth?
We all know sugar is bad for your teeth and body’s. However, the only thing Xylitol has in common with sugar is the sweetness. Xylitol doesn’t break down like sugar and can help keep a neutral pH level in the mouth (Learn why pH level in your mouth is super important HERE).
The bacteria in our mouths are not able to digest Xylitol, which reduces bacteria (Streptococcus mutans - a common bacteria in the mouth) growth and the amount of acid-producing bacteria. With continue use of Xylitol, “the quality of the bacteria in the mouth changes and fewer and fewer decay-causing bacteria survive on tooth surfaces” - California Dental Association.
Another interesting mention from the California Dental Association is that, “studies show that Streptococcus mutans is passed from parents to their newborn children, thus beginning the growth of these decay producing bacteria in the child. Regular use of xylitol by mothers has been demonstrated to significantly reduce this bacterial transmission, resulting in fewer cavities for the child.”
What is Baking Soda?
Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a simple chemical compound and is found in crystalline form in nature. It is then ground up into a fine powder.
Why is Baking Soda good for our teeth?
Baking Soda is a gentle abrasive that helps whiten and clean teeth, which helps prevent tooth decay. Some have given it a bad rap with saying it is too harsh, but that is not true. Toothpastes are rated on a scale of 0 to 250 of abrasiveness - this is called the RDA (relative dentin abrasion). Pure baking soda (which is what we use) is rated as a 7. Check out the scale HERE. Baking soda is also effective for bad breath.
What is Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the coconut meat and is rich in saturated fat.
Why is Coconut Oil good for teeth?
Coconut oil, like Xylitol, has shown to be effective in fighting against the bacteria in our mouths, such as Streptococcus mutans. Besides getting rid of tooth decay, it also kills bad breath, heals bleeding gums, reduces inflammation, whitens teeth, and prevents cavities.
*We also recommend doing oil pulling everyday with coconut oil.
What is Citric Acid?
A organic acid that is a component of all aerobic living organisms, most abundantly in citrus fruit. It is a weak acid that has been used as a preservative in products.
Why is Citric Acid good for teeth?
Most importantly, we want to point out that we use Non-GMO Citric Acid. Why does this matter? GMO Citric Acid is commonly made from a fungus, Aspergillus Niger, which is a gmo the majority of the time. Non-GMO Citric Acid is derived from the use of enzymes and non-gmo fruit.
Now on to why it is good to use… Citric Acid has been shown to reduce plaque and tartar on teeth.
*menthol is the artificial version of mint - we use the real thing!
What is mentha arvensis?
Mentha Arvensis, or wild mint, is a species of the flowering plant in the mint family Lamiaceae.
Why is mentha arvensis good for your teeth?
It has antibacterial, antimicrobial and disinfectant properties and is effective against streptococci and lactobacilli (bacteria in the mouth). It also helps against bad breath, since digestion problems can contribute to bad breath and mentha arvensis has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda (system of medicine with Indian roots) for digestion issues. It also has a cooling effect that helps with tooth aches.
What is mentha piperita?
Also known as Peppermint, which is a hybrid mint between watermint and spearmint.
Why is mentha piperita good for your teeth?
Mentha piperita inhibits microbial biofilms. Why does this matter you ask? Well, dental plaque is a biofilm that builds up on the teeth. Biofilms contain disease-causing bacteria and their accumulation contributes to cavities and gum disease.
The cool taste of peppermint also helps with bad breath, leaving your breath fresher.
What is tea tree essential oil?
It is extracted from the twigs and leaves of the tea tree, which the botanical name is Melaleuca alternifolia.
Why is tea tree essential oil good for the teeth?
Tea tree essential oil has been extensively researched by The University of Western Australia and they have found that tea tree is effective as an antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory. It has been shown to be effective in treating gum disease by the Australian Dental Journal.
What is Xanthan Gum?
Xanthan gum is a complex exopolysaccharide, meaning it is a polymeric carbohydrate molecules. It is produced when glucose, lactose or sucrose is fermented, then made into a solid, and then it is ground into a fine powder after it is dried. When you add it to a liquid it makes it more “gummy”.
Why is Xanthan Gum good for teeth?
Xanthan gum doesn’t necessarily have any beneficial properties specifically for teeth, but it is a thickening agent for toothpaste. The FDA as determined it is safe to use in toothpaste.
We are very specific that we use non-gmo xantham gum. Why does this matter you ask? Well, xantham gum is produced by a bacterial fermentation of a sugar-containing medium. Most producers of xantham gum aren’t transparent with what their medium is and if it is non gmo. Since ours is non-gmo you don’t have to worry about the “medium” being from a genetically modified organism.