If totally organic and natural toothpastes are too gritty and herbal-y tasting for you, a happy compromise could be Crest's and GoSmile's new products that incorporate natural ingredients without sacrificing texture or flavor.

Crest’s Nature’s Expressions line boasts minimally processed peppermint oil, lemon zest oil, and green tea extract, and still has the whitening and cavity protection of the Crest products you know and love.

GoSmile’s Zen toothpaste for sensitive teeth, which at $18 per tube is the Bentley of toothpastes, contains antioxidant white cranberry extract for gum health, essential oil of lavender for its relaxing, soothing, and hydrating properties, and potassium nitrate to alleviate sensitivity. Both products do contain some artificial ingredients, but in our opinion, they’re still two reasons to smile.

Story by Lisa Stasiulewicz. This article originally appeared in Plenty in April 2007. This story was added to MNN.com in July 2009.

Copyright Environ Press 2007.