Making the switch to natural organic toothpaste is a no brainer once you consider all the chemicals you put in your mouth with commercial toothpastes. With so many companies realizing the potential dangers in their toothpastes, many are making safer alternatives.
As a bonus, I will also give a favorite homemade natural toothpaste recipe for those that want to do it themselves!
Give Me Gleaming White Teeth Minus the Chemicals Please!
Of course everyone wants beautiful white teeth, unfortunately many assume in order to achieve this look they need powerful chemicals that whiten and brighten......
Did you know that many of those powerful chemicals do much to damage your teeth and gums?
Many toothpastes contain rough granules that can cause little pock marks on the enamel, giving bacteria lots more little places to hide.
As well, several commercial toothpastes contain Triclosan. This chemical is linked to several health issues including cancer, hormone disruption and organ and reproductive toxicity. Not to mention several studies have shown that this chemical when introduced to the chlorine in your tap water combines to produce Chloroform. Accumulation of chloroform has produced many, many harmful toxic effects and is rated as a high health hazard to humans.
Commercial toothpastes can also be contaminated by dioxins, a known cancer causing substance and rated as a high health hazard for humans.
Other common chemicals in toothpastes are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Fluoride, Hydrogen Peroxide, Urea and the list goes on. Each have varying effects from irritation of mouth and gums to weakening tooth enamel to neurological toxicity and even cancer. Many toothpaste companies only report Active ingredients, therefore consumers aren't fully informed of what the toothpaste contains.
To see further details of these harmful chemicals check out my
to find out more about the everyday chemicals in the products you may be using.
With all these harmful effects, many companies are making natural organic toothpaste that is just as effective as their chemical filled counterparts.
What Natural Organic Toothpaste Will Whiten My Teeth?
Okay, so even though you don't want those harmful chemicals, you still need to have brilliant white teeth. Here are some natural organic toothpaste brands that will protect and enhance your smile.
The toothpaste I love using is
Weleda Natural Organic Toothpaste.
It is fluoride free and contains fennel to freshen your breath. Your teeth feel really smooth and clean after brushing and my teeth have stayed just as white as with whitening toothpaste. I have not had a cavity since I started using this product!
A favorite of my husband is
It is fluoride free as well and great for sensitive gums as well as whitening. I really enjoy this toothpaste as well and the taste is a little better than Weleda.
Both are a great choice for natural organic toothpaste and run similar price points.
If you choose to use fluoride,
Kiss My Face Natural Organic Toothpaste
makes a safe alternative that contains fluoride, but no Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or dyes. Read on to find out more about the controversies of fluoride!
The Great Fluoride Debate
There is evidence for and against using fluoride in toothpaste (not only for kids, but adults as well). Professionally, it is recommended by dentists for whole mouth care. It originally made its way into our products to try to prevent tooth decay.
However many, many studies have come out implicating fluoride as the cause for a variety of health issues. Those issues include decreased tooth density, neurological toxicity and even increased risk of bone cancer. Not only is it added to our dental care products, but our tap water as well. Studies have shown that humans on average are getting 3 TIMES the amount of fluoride recommended by the American Dental Association.
As a result many natural organic toothpaste brands are offering products with and without fluoride.
Selecting Natural Toothpaste For Children
There are a few good options for natural toothpaste for children. Going fluoride free may be something to consider when your little one starts brushing his/her teeth. Often they are just too young to understand to not swallow and health risks can really add up with them ingesting toothpaste. Definitely discuss your concerns with your dentist and then weigh the risks and benefits.
TIP* Did you know that if your child swallows more commercial fluoride toothpaste than what is recommended on the label, it is warranted to phone poison control!!!
Just as it is for adults, children need a toothpaste free of preservatives, artificial sweeteners and parabens. Xylitol is a natural sweetener added to many brands of natural toothpaste for children. It gives the taste that your child will like, but won't be bad for them if they swallow it.
I use fluoride free natural organic toothpaste for my little girl, but I have also included a toothpaste with fluoride for parents who have made the choice to use it.
Kiss My Face Fluoride Free Children's Toothpaste
has been a great toothpaste for my little girl. The taste is sweet enough that it encourages her to open up and get that toothbrush in there (as you can see in her super cute video!). I think a plus is that the sweetening ingredient is natural and rather mild compared to commercial kid's toothpaste that can be super sweet.
What is YOUR Favorite Natural Organic Toothpaste? Write about it here!
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For The Do-It-Yourself Crowd!
A whole new spin on washing your mouth out with soap!!
So if you want to try making your own toothpaste, here's the best recipe....
HOMEMADE NATURAL TOOTHPASTE
4 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp Boiled water
2 tsp Natural Liquid Soap (I find Dr. Bonner's unscented works best)
1/2 tsp Stevia powder
10-20 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
5-10 drops Spearmint or Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Heat coconut oil in a pan. Add 1 Tbsp of boiled water to coconut oil. Measure in soap and stevia and blend (a stick blender works best or regular blender). Blend while the formula cools enough to stay combined. Add essential oils and transfer to a clean squeeze or pump bottle. Cool completely, shake well.
Once you have tried a batch you can get adventurous and make one with cinnamon, cardamom and fennel oils or whatever flavors you want to try.