Have you ever noticed that there is a poison warning on your dental care products telling you not to swallow it? Toothpaste and other dental care products fall under personal care products and are therefore not under the control of the FDA - they can literally put anything in there.
I became wary of toothpaste after I began researching how toxic fluoride is to our bodies. I first switched to whatever brands my health store had in stock but learned they just have some similar ingredients and still some that interfere with tooth care. For instance, glycerin is something that has been put into tooth paste to coat your teeth, intending that it will prevent cavities. The problem is, it takes approximately 20 rinses to remove it, meanwhile the saliva in your mouth that is designed to remineralize your teeth is prevented from doing so. Glycerine is not a good ingredient. As a matter of fact there is not much that is necessary in tooth paste at all. Most ingredients are sweeteners and chemicals, including anti freeze! What?! We are better off brushing our teeth with a dry brush then adding these items into your body.
Here are the toothpastes in my bathroom cabinet as we speak:
To the right is what you'll find in our bathroom cabinet. The farthest to the left, Desert Essence's Natural Tea Tree Oil toothpaste is what Lammer uses. As of right now, this is the best I can do for him. If it were up to him he'd still be using his Aquafresh, and I simply just won't allow that anymore! The great thing about this toothpaste is it is fluoride free, gluten free (gluten is in freakin' everything!), and sodium laurel sulfite free. It also tastes great and is still really foamy. You can find Desert Essence at any health food store or Whole Foods.
Earthpaste is my new thang. Here are the ingredients to the cinnamon flavored one I'm currently using:
You've got the option of either swallowing or spitting this out after you've finished brushing...that's how legit it is. After brushing I actually add a little water and swish so that the taste of the paste can really clean my whole mouth. You can buy Earthpaste online.
Auromere...my absolute favorite! This is an Ayurvedic toothpaste that comes in a few flavors. The cardamom-fennel is my go-to. Here's another brand that commits to no fluoride, gluten, chemicals or artificial sweeteners. They use plants, bark, roots, flowers and essential oils to clean and freshen the teeth. Neem, which is used a lot in Ayurveda has invigorating properties for dental health. You can find Auromere at any health food store or Whole Foods.
Ora Wellness's HealThy Mouth Blend should be in everyone's bathroom. This blend is made of all organic and essential oils and is not only great for cleansing, but great for overall mouth health. You can floss, brush or rinse your mouth out all with this tiny bottle of oil. I love keeping a shot glass in my cabinet, filling it with water and 2-3 drops of this blend and swishing. It leaves such a fresh and clean feeling. Their products can be found online and I highly recommend subscribing to their newsletter which is always filled with loads of helpful information.