4 THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR WHEN PURCHASING SUSTAINABLE DENTAL PRODUCTS - BY DR KATE YEATON
Kate Yeaton – dentist and advanced facial aesthetic practitioner
For the next few weeks, dentist and advanced facial aesthetic practitioner, Dr Kate Yeaton will be sharing some of her expertise with us here on todaywelove.uk. Being a blogger means that we can share our personal experience when it comes to things like trying out skincare products and sharing outfit posts showing our personal style. We also look for expert advice on certain topics, such as perfecting your smile and keeping a youthful appearance which is why we recently met with Kate. Kate has the qualifications and experience within the beauty industry to provide guidance on dental care and facial aesthetic treatments, so keep visiting our page over the next few weeks to read her posts. But first, let’s get to know her a bit better.
Born and raised in Ireland, Kate qualified as a dentist and was recently conferred with a Dental Implantology Masters at the University of Bristol. She has forged her dental career at the award-winning The Dental Surgery in the City of London. She also works as a Specialty Dentist in Oral Surgery at Guy’s Hospital.
While Kate thoroughly enjoys her work as a dentist, she is also passionate about facial rejuvenation and aesthetics. She holds advanced qualifications in botulinum toxin and dermal filler administration, as well as a Masters in History of Art from Trinity College Dublin. The latter has provided the artistic grounding necessary for achieving the natural-looking results that are crucial to success in facial aesthetics and cosmetic dentistry – fields that require acute observation and creative judgement.
Kate treats patients from all walks of life, from City professionals to actors, musicians, and athletes. She fine tunes all her treatments to the individual and believes in a holistic approach to help people feel better, and more confident, about themselves.
A sports enthusiast, Kate is a keen tennis player and avid yogi. She is also very interested in art and speaks both Spanish and French. She loves travelling and escapes abroad whenever she gets the chance!
4 things to look out for when purchasing sustainable dental products
I’ve recently started looking at my own cosmetic bag and swapping products for eco-friendly or vegan alternatives. That’s why I was so pleased when our practice started stocking a range of dental products from The Humble Co. that are not only vegan and eco-friendly but also cruelty-free. As with most dental products, there are many vegan options available – it’s important though that you don’t compromise the quality of your dental care when choosing your products. Our team of hygienists tested this particular range alongside a few others and found it to be the most effective in maintaining healthy teeth and gums while being ‘good for the planet’. But as I’ve come to find with other products, it’s often difficult to know exactly what to look out for when browsing the options. Here are the 4 things to keep in mind when purchasing sustainable dental products:
As a dentist, the one thing I always stress to my patients is the importance of fluoride which is a naturally occurring mineral found in water. Although fluoride is added to the water supply in some areas, it is still important to also have it in your toothpaste to help prevent tooth decay. A lot of vegan toothpastes don’t contain fluoride so be sure to opt for one that does, and if possible, in quantities of 1350 – 1500 parts per million (ppm) for adults.
All toothpastes are somewhat abrasive, with some being more abrasive than others (such as toothpastes claiming to whiten teeth or remove stains). The problem with a highly abrasive toothpaste or tooth powder, coupled with a hard-bristled toothbrush used daily, is that it can start to wear the enamel of your teeth. Although this outer layer of your teeth is known to be the toughest substance in the human body, abrasive toothpastes can wear the enamel away leaving teeth vulnerable to decay and lifelong sensitivity – enamel doesn’t grow back once it’s gone.
The American Dental Association (ADA) have developed a scale to assess toothpaste abrasiveness against a standard measurement called the Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA). A lot of store-bought toothpastes are on the RDA list, however the absence of vegan alternatives is notable. Often you can contact the seller and request their RDA which you can measure against the list online (we recommend using products with an RDA between 0-70), but if you notice any of the following after switching toothpastes it may be best to talk to your dentist or hygienist:
Sensitivity when eating hot or cold foods
Indentations towards the top of the teeth
Discolouration of teeth, yellowing or greying
3. Brush and Bristles
Bamboo toothbrushes are currently very trendy, although they have actually been around for centuries – the earliest bamboo handled toothbrushes were invented in China in the 15th century! Nowadays you can find a wide selection of toothbrushes with bamboo handles featuring an assortment of bristles, from nylon to charcoal-infused.
Normally the bamboo handle is biodegradable once the bristles have been removed (depending on the type of bristles), and some companies even source sustainably grown bamboo. Be mindful of the bristles on the brush though, you want to opt for those that are soft to avoid harming your teeth and gums. Although they are synthetic, nylon bristles are still recommended due to their lower water absorption rate which helps keep your brush hygienic, and you can find companies that offer BPA free nylon bristles (a chemical used to make certain plastics).
4 . Vegan v Cruelty-free
The key ingredient in toothpastes that prevents it from being vegan is glycerine, which can be sourced from either animal or vegetable fats, and a lot of companies don’t specify where it comes from. Although animal ingredients in other dental products are less common, animal testing isn’t. When considering environmentally friendly products, don’t just look for vegan certification but also that they are cruelty-free.
I know how difficult it can be navigating the myriad choices out there and want to stress that it’s always best to seek the advice of your dentist or doctor with any questions you have around your oral and general health. This article is not intended as a substitute for professional advice as there are so many factors at play that differ with each individual.