Whether for ethical or health reasons, many of us are now choosing to eat ‘organic’ and using natural products on our skin and in our homes. This trend has spread to dental care with a number of brands offering natural products. You can buy toothpaste, mouthwash and whitening products made from all-natural ingredients. The products make use of the natural properties of ingredients like charcoal, essential oils (peppermint, fennel seed, tea tree), aloe vera and silica. Charcoal, for example, is a natural absorbent that can soak up stains and plaque. And aloe vera – with its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities – has been used for millennia to soothe and heal all kinds of ailments.