When it comes to brushing our teeth, we are not limited to just the tubes we see in the grocery store aisle. These toothpastes can be chalk full of chemicals that have no place in our body. NO PLACE.
A popular brand, that is no stranger to our households, totes the following inactive ingredients:
Hydrated Silica, Water, Glycerin, Sorbitol, PVM/MA Copolymer, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cellulose Gum, Flavor, Sodium Hydroxide, Carrageenan, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Saccharin, Titanium Dioxide
Not to mention the active ingredients, which include Triclosan, an anti-bacterial compound used in personal cleaning products.
The state of Minnesota has banned the sale Triclosan from personal care cleaning products.
Procter and Gambled vowed to removed Triclosan from their products by 2014. (I hope they followed through!)
The hidden chemicals in toothpaste is scary stuff.
Fortunately, there is a plethora of ways you can clean your teeth without going anywhere near your current toothpaste.
Natural Toothpaste Alternatives:
- Baking Soda + Water: Baking Soda polishes teeth, increases white appearance, fights bad breath, helps remove place, and improves dental health.
- Bentonite Clay + Water + Essential Oils: Known for its abilities to draw out toxins, bentonite clay makes for the perfect teeth cleaning agent. Clay paired with minty essential oils (think Peppermint) will leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean.
- Clay + Coconut Oil + Peppermint Essential Oil: While the clay draws out toxins, the coconut oil destroys bacteria and microbes. The addition of Peppermint Oil keeps your breath minty fresh.
- Coconut Oil + Baking Soda: Coconut oil is antibacterial and antimicrobial works in conjunction with the Baking Soda to help polish and clean your teeth.
Not a fan of whipping up your own toothpaste? There is a plethora of pre-made, healthy options.
- Branwen’s Botanicals Remineralizing Toothpaste
- Bear’s Beauty Natural Toothpaste
- Elegant Rose Boutique Natural Charcoal Toothpaste
Too much of anything is not always a good thing. Limit brushing your teeth with baking soda to just a couple times a week; too much usage can result in damage to your teeth. As always, be careful with essential oils; too much can result in burns.
None of these recipes contain fluoride. It’s your choice if you prefer to use a fluoride toothpaste. These are simply alternatives you can choose from if you want to avoid chemicals in your toothpaste. Your choice! 🙂
Happy Toothpaste Trails!