Toothpaste! We all use it (at least we SHOULD all use it) but traditional toothpastes are LOADED with bad stuff for us. Things like triclosan, sulfates, fluoride, along with a long list of other toxic ingredients. What’s so bad about those things? Well, let me tell you…
Triclosan is a pesticide and an endocrine disruptor. The European Union has actually banned this chemical from any product that comes in contact with anything edible! I know that most people don’t eat their toothpaste, but small amounts can trickle down our throats when brushing and our mouths absorb the chemicals into our bloodstream (think about how nicotine gum works).
Sulfates like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) are what give toothpastes the bubbly effect. This article from Mercola goes into more detail, but basically, SLS has been shown to cause organ toxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, cancer, and so much more.
Fluoride. It’s supposed to be good for your teeth and prevent cavities–right?! Not exactly. Fluoride is actually a poison — totally toxic for your body. And the government actually puts this in our drinking water! I need to write an entire post on fluoride alone, but just for a little snippet… The dangers of fluoride range from pretty mild (fluorosis, which is discoloration and spotting on teeth) to more severe. 49 studies have connected fluoride with lower IQ in children! That alone makes me want to avoid it, but it can also cause thyroid problems (which I have!), cancer, infertility, DNA damage, and on and on.
Why would you choose a toothpaste with these ingredients when there are some great natural alternatives? If you’re the DIY type, you can make your own. There are a lot of great recipes on Pinterest. I, however, have never tried making my own toothpaste and have always purchased mine.
Here are some of my favorites…
Nature’s Gate – If you just can’t stand brushing your teeth without some bubbles, Nature’s Gate is the way to go! Creme de Peppermint is our favorite flavor. It tastes great, bubbles, and leaves your teeth feeling clean without all of the harmful toxins. It’s the easiest transition from traditional toothpaste I’ve found. It’s around $5 at your health food store or you can find it on Amazon here (affiliate link): NATURE’S GATE Toothpaste Creme de Peppermint 6 OZ
Earthpaste – If you are the crunchy type and want to dive in, try it out! It is totally different than traditional toothpaste. My husband who *ahem* laughs at some of my crunchy ways didn’t like this toothpaste, but I like it a lot! It is remineralizing, and some people have actually reversed/shrunk cavities by using it. There’s also only a handful of ingredients (the wintergreen flavor only contains water, redmond clay, xylitol, wintergreen essential oil, menthol, real salt and tea tree oil) which makes this a huuuuge winner if you want to totally switch to au-natural. It’s around $7 per tube. Find it on Amazon here (affiliate link): Redmond Earthpaste Toothpaste, Cinnamon, 4 Ounce
Thieves Aromabright – Young Living has several different types of toothpaste, but the Thieves Aromabright is the only kind I’ve tried. I LOVE it. It’s definitely my favorite, not only because of how clean it makes my teeth feel, but I really like the taste with 8 different essential oils that promote gum & tooth health. It’s $10.25 wholesale (if you are a member) or $13.49 retail. Leave a comment if you’d like to know more about becoming a member.