Check out the ingredients listed on your tube of toothpaste. It most likely includes many chemicals, additives and detergents that are hard to pronounce. Some may even contain sweeteners! What? How about propylene glycol, that’s also listed on the back of the anti-freeze for my car.

 You may decide to give natural toothpaste a try. Not all are created equal. Some contain sodium lauryl sulfate (used to create lather). It can be created from natural ingredients but has been known to cause irritation and canker sours. Also, the FDA lacks guidelines for brands that call themselves natural. The American Dental Association (ADA) defines them as being free of artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

 It’s important to note that the ADA has not endorsed a brand that does not contain fluoride, a controversial ingredient that prevents tooth decay.

 The bottom line: do your research and discuss your decision with your dentist.

 Dr. Damian Dachowski is