As a vegan, Dr. Helen often gets asked what sort of vegan toothpaste she recommends for her patients.

Toothpaste isn’t actually necessarily for cleaning your teeth—the act of brushing cleans away the plaque. Toothpaste is merely a vehicle for minty fresh flavour and, in cases of fluoridated toothpaste, fluoride delivery for teeth susceptible to decay.

Fluoride is a hot-button issue for some people, and Dr. Helen has a blog and a video on the topic of fluoride specifically and whether or not it’s needed.  If you aren’t susceptible to decay and have a healthy diet and you don’t want the added enamel-strengthening benefit of fluoride, then it’s not necessary, and just about any non-fluoridated toothpaste you prefer will do the trick. It’s worth noting that toothpastes that have abrasive cleaning agents, like baking soda, can damage the enamel of your teeth, and should be avoided.

Dr. Helen uses White Glo, as it’s fluoridated toothpaste that contains vegan ingredients, isn’t tested on animals, and is readily available at most supermarkets.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr Helen Voronina

Dr Helen Voronina is the principal dentist at "Dr Helen's Dental & Implant Studio". Having graduated from the University of Melbourne and later from the Brener Implant Institute, in her practice she places emphases on the implant, aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry. She is a member of the Australian Dental Association, The International Congress of Implantology and The Australian Society of Implant Dentistry (ASID). She is a former chairperson for the National Dental Foundation and an official dentist for the Melbourne Hearts Football Club.