So, do you know what’s in your tooth paste? Really? Have you ever looked at the list of ingredients on your tube? You might want to see just what you are putting in your mouth.
I started looking into toothpastes when I learned that I wanted to avoid fluoride. But, did you know there is much more to avoid when choosing a tooth paste? And did you know that if you want to avoid SLS, triclosan and if you’re really picky, glycerin, then you’re pretty much out of luck of having a variety of toothpastes to choose from?
I really could do a whole post about why you should avoid the above listed ingredients, but I’ll refrain and just encourage you to research what you are brushing your teeth with. I do want to touch on glycerin though.
This is the ingredient most commonly found in ‘clean’ toothpastes as well as commercial. Glycerin is added to tooth paste to help with texture but it can also coat your teeth which prevents them from remineralzing. The studies seem hit or miss so again, I’ll let you Google and read about it.
However, for me, I decided to avoid it for awhile to see what would happen and I have found that our teeth are much cleaner when we don’t use glycerin. I really enjoy this PDF chart comparing natural toothpaste to the commercial stuff.
I pretty much resorted to making our own tooth paste for quite awhile. The first thing I tried was tooth powder. While tooth powder worked well, there is just something to be said for having a nice, hydrated paste. Tooth powder can also be a pain while traveling. (Like when someone doesn’t put the lid on all the way and doesn’t put it back in the baggie it traveled in…yup, that was a fun mess!)
Then I found a few recipes on line and tweaked one to make our own paste. We liked it quite a bit, except my kids, they thought it was hot (mint). That meant I had to fix the recipe again to make it not so hot and nice tasting. We finally reached a compromise and made one they liked.
However, there is a down side to making your own. First you have to remember to keep up the supply but also make sure you have the ingredients on hand. It’s inconvenient to run out of toothpaste when you can’t just run to the store to get more.
Recently, we stumbled across Earthpaste made by the Real Salt company. When I first saw the tube at the health food store, I wasn’t impressed because I expected to have at least one ingredient on my list of no no’s in toothpaste. I flipped the box over and read the ingredients and almost danced a jig in the middle of the aisle! It was completely clean!
“We created Earthpaste because we were frustrated trying to find toothpaste pure enough for our kids to use. Some brands skipped sodium lauryl sulphate, but not titanium dioxide. Others were fluoride-free but still had glycerin. We wanted toothpaste so pure each ingredient would help support good health, and after a lot of careful research, we made Earthpaste.
We started with hydrated Redmond Clay and added essential oils, Real Salt, and xylitol. And that’s it. Earthpaste is amazingly natural toothpaste.”
I was excited to try it and you know what? We LOVE it! My teeth felt clean and it tasted great. We stuck with the Wintergreen flavor as it was a little more mild than the Peppermint for the kids.
Recently, Redmond Real Salt sent me a box of goodies to try out so I could tell you about them and it contained a tube of Lemon flavored Earthpaste. Oh. Yum! Everyone one, even the little ones, just love it!
If you are used to commercial tooth paste it will take time for you to get used to using a natural one that doesn’t foam up.. (SLS is what causes tooth paste to foam but it is also an irritant that is commonly used in detergents.)
I am so excited to be able to recommend a toothpaste that has clean ingredients, that works great and tastes good! You can find Earthpaste, (affiliate link) here.
(While I was given some product to test out, I have received no compensation for this review, it is my honest opinion about a great product!)