You can maintain your vegan values at the dentist, too. All you need to do is call in advance-- let them know that you're a vegan, and you want to only have products used on your teeth that are vegan and free of animal testing. It's best to call at least a few weeks in advance so they have time to do their research and order/recieve the product.
Other things to keep in mind:
- Not all toothpastes are cruelty-free/vegan. Many of them contain animal products and/or are created by companies that test on animals. There are companies that do provide vegan toothpaste, however. Here is a list of a few companies that sell vegan and cruelty-free personal care products, including mouthwash and good toothpastes (note: some of these companies may sell both vegan and non-vegan products, so check their websites for more information!):
- Kiss My Face
- Tom's of Maine
- For an more comprehensive list of companies that may be vegan (again, check the company websites or product labels to be sure!), see PETA's "Beauty Without Bunnies" list at http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/companies/search.aspx?Product=6.52
- Oh, and if you floss, make sure that your floss doesn't contain animal products such as beeswax or silk!
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