Why CBD Vegan Toothpaste is the “Unicorn” You’ve Been Missing
If you’re a vegan who’s been using traditional toothpastes, you’ve not only been missing out, but chances are, you’ve been unknowingly consuming animal products too. It’s not really your fault though. Product manufacturers slip animal-based ingredients into all sorts of things and give them different names, so most people have no way of knowing what they’re really getting. Below, we’ll break down why vegan toothpaste is better, what makes CBD so great, how to identify if a toothpaste is plant based, and where to find a vegan toothpaste with the oral health boosting power of CBD.
Why Choose a Vegan Toothpaste?
Many people go vegan for religious or philosophical reasons.
While religions which mandate veganism are few and far between, the lifestyle aligns with the belief systems of many faiths. Interestingly, nearly half (47 percent) of all vegans report they do not actively practice religion, meaning it’s quite often a decision made for philosophical reasons.
There’s a health case for plant-based living.
Research published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) indicates vegans and vegetarians have lower risk of developing severe health conditions ranging from obesity to hypertension, diabetes, and certain cancers. It’s typically believed that the link is reduced inflammation, which might explain why those on plant-based diets are less likely to suffer from periodontal disease too.
Environmentalists often avoid animal products.
The land used to raise livestock is already considerable, but it’s estimated that about 33 percent of croplands are devoted to growing food for livestock as well. The corresponding greenhouse emissions and pollution are a major cause for concern, to the point the United Nations believes excessive consumption of animal products is a major contributor to climate change.
Animal rights activists typically prefer vegan products too.
“In every ‘livestock system’, no matter how high the welfare standards are supposed to be, non-human animals will suffer,” say Vegan Society representatives. Naturally, PETA echoes the sentiments: “A vegan diet is as good for humans’ health as it is for animal welfare.”
What Are the Oral Health Benefits of CBD?
Research on CBD was stalled for many years due to federal regulations but as states moved to legalize, a deluge of research pointing to CBD health benefits is emerging.
CBD has been shown to kill cavity-causing bacteria.
Research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicates that CBD can eliminate Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus. These bacteria are two of the primary culprits behind tooth decay. By selectively wiping out cavity-causing bacteria and leaving beneficial bacteria intact, CBD creates a healthier oral ecosystem and may reduce your risk of tooth decay.
Cannabinoids can diminish inflammation.
If you have early stage gum disease, you might notice inflamed gums or blood when you brush and floss, and you wouldn’t be alone in this. Around half of all Americans over age 30 have gum disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The problem is, as gums become swollen and inflamed, they tend to pull away from the tooth a bit, creating little pockets where bacteria can thrive. If left unchecked, these localized infections, also referred to as periodontal disease, begin to cause bigger issues, such as tooth and bone loss. Researchers now say cannabinoids can diminish the inflammation, so gums stay healthier and feel better too.
CBD is linked to health benefits that contribute to better oral health.
If you’ve been following along, you’ve probably noticed the recurring theme of inflammation. Earlier, it was mentioned in terms of overall health—how inflammation is linked to issues like diabetes and cancer, and you’ve now seen how treating inflammation impacts the health of your gums and teeth too. Not surprisingly, researchers link all these things together. For example, around 95 percent of people with diabetes have gum disease, and having gum disease increases the likelihood you either have or will develop diabetes too. People who control their diabetes tend to have better oral health outcomes and people who work on their oral health tend to have an easier time controlling their blood sugar. By bringing CBD into the mix, with its anti-inflammatory properties, you may be contributing to improved overall health, thus enhancing your oral health at the same time.
CBD may help balance your oral ecosystem.
A healthy oral ecosystem is a bit like a symphony, with each component enhancing or detracting from the others. Acidity, for example, is impacted by things like your diet and the “bad” bacteria in your mouth. They produce acids as they break down the carbohydrates in your saliva. Then, as the pH of your saliva drops (becomes more acidic), your teeth start to demineralize, which makes them susceptible to decay. The good news is, as your saliva reaches a neutral pH, your teeth can pick up the nutrients in your saliva and naturally remineralize, fortifying them against decay. Because CBD is linked to reduced inflammation and can kill cavity-causing bacteria, it can be a serious powerhouse in creating a balanced oral ecosystem.
People undergoing CBD therapy may have stronger bones.
As mentioned earlier, people with untreated periodontal disease will eventually start to lose bone. Researchers have found that those who receive CBD treatments lose less bone than those who don’t. The results are measurable in as little as 30 days.
How to Tell if a Toothpaste is Vegan
Unfortunately, lots of traditional and natural toothpastes are formulated using animal products, and it’s not always easy to tell which mouthwashes and toothpastes are vegan.
Read the labels.
First and foremost, look for terms like “vegan” and “cruelty-free” on the label, but be aware that, although the terms are often used in tandem, they mean different things. When an item is labeled as “cruelty-free,” it typically means it has not been tested on animals. To be “vegan,” the item is simply free of animal products. Items may be one, both, or neither. Check the labels for both claims or contact the manufacturer directly if it’s unclear.
Check for hidden sources of animal products.
Glycerin: We never include glycerin in ORL products because PubChem indicates that it’s a skin, eye and respiratory irritant . However, many toothpaste manufacturers use it to prevent the toothpaste from drying out or to enhance the texture. Glycerin can be derived from animal or plant sources, and most manufacturers do not denote their source on the label. You may wish to avoid this ingredient altogether or, at the very least, contact the manufacturer to identify the source.
Flavors and Colors: One of the most infamous colorants is carmine, also known as cochineal extract, natural red 4, cochineal, crimson lake, carmine lake, C.I. 75470, or E120. It sounds innocent enough, but carmine is actually crushed bugs. Sometimes, it takes a bit of detective work to identify if a manufacturer is sneaking animal products into something as a flavor or color, so do your research and don’t accept “natural flavor” or “natural color” as an answer when you want to be sure something is vegan.
Vitamins and Minerals: Lots of vitamins and minerals can come from either plant or animal sources as well. For example, calcium carbonate and vitamin B12 are included in ORL products, but naturally, we use the plant-based variety.
Get CBD Vegan Toothpaste from ORL
As you can see, there are many reasons to choose CBD vegan toothpaste, but it’s incredibly difficult to find. At ORL, we’ve taken this a step further. Not only have we integrated CBD into our toothpastes and mouthwashes, and have held true to our 100% plant-based recipe, but we’ve also mindfully included healthy ingredients like organic xylitol for its cavity-fighting power, wholesome essential oils with mouth-pleasing flavors, and a wealth of vitamins and minerals that can help fortify your teeth without fluoride. All this comes in a perfectly neutral 7.0 pH formula, helping restore balance for optimal oral health. Explore our selection of CBD vegan toothpaste and mouthwash and experience ORL for yourself.