When we started eating a real food diet, we decided that fixing our diet wasn’t enough for us. We wanted all sources of toxins to be eliminated from our bodies and our home. It gets overwhelming sometimes for sure, but it’s so worth it. Just make changes one step at a time.
The latest thing we have crossed off our “toxic dump list” is toothpaste. Toxic toothpaste sounds crazy right? I love my Crest plus Scope whitening blast power.
If you told me a year ago I was going to be using dirt for my toothpaste, I would have laughed at you. I guess it’s not technically dirt, but that’s what it feels like (and looks like!) when you use it. Yes it’s weird, not gonna lie, but let me tell you why I made the switch!
First off, most of my information today comes from a book called, “Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition.” There’s A LOT of info in that book and I highly recommend it, but we’re focusing today on the toothpaste info.
Many different types of toothpastes are regulated by the FDA as a cosmetic, unless it has anti-cavity claims on it. That means that “the law does not require cosmetic products and ingredients, other than color additives, to have FDA approval before they go on the market.”
Basically, anything goes. But at least FDA requires this warning on your fluorinated toothpaste (not that anyone has ever read it before):
Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately.
In fact, my dentist told me to not use toothpaste the first couple years until my kids learn to spit because of the fluoride. But then why do they want to treat his teeth with fluoride when they clean them? Why is fluoride added to drinking water in many parts of the nation?
If you’re brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, then you’re very likely to ingest some. What about the bad stuff that goes directly into your bloodstream, just like sublingual medications?
Something isn’t adding up here. If fluoride is ingested through toothpaste, it’s toxic… but everything else it’s fine?!
Other questionable ingredients include: plastic microbeads, diethanolamine (DEA), propylene glycol, artificial sweeteners and colors, sodium lauryl sulfate, and triclosan to name a few. These ingredients cause things like hormone disruption, antibiotic resistance, cancer, skin irritation, and actually increasing gum disease.
Glycerin is also a common ingredient which creates a barrier on your teeth that prevents your teeth from getting the essential minerals they need for becoming harder and stronger.
Dr. Weston A. Price found primitive cultures with people who had perfectly healthy teeth free from crowding and cavities. Purty sure they didn’t have toothbrushes or toothpaste like we do today.
I’m not saying you should throw that stuff away and move out to the Congo, but what’s a girl to do?
Fortunately there are several healthy alternatives to toxic toothpaste.
Our favorite tooth powder that you can buy is called Dr. Christopher’s Tooth and Gum Powder. I trust pretty much anything that comes from the Dr. Christopher store.
The ingredients in this tooth powder are all herbal goodness and include: horsetail, peppermint, white oak bark, cloves, prickly ash bark, bayberry bark, slippery elm bark, and stevia.
Nice huh?! Nothing too scary… except for slippery elm bark, but that’s just because it’s gross.
It’s WEIRD brushing your teeth with tooth powder if you aren’t used to it. But I will say that my mouth felt super clean after brushing to the point it felt like it was pulsating, in a good way. I’ve wanted to add some bentonite clay for the extra minerals and toxin-drawing magic. Then try mixing it all with coconut oil to make it more into a paste like we’re used to. I’ll post an update if I ever get around to doing that!
From our friends over at Redmond Trading Company comes Earthpaste that I would like to try. I’ve heard great reviews about it. With only 5 ingredients and flavors in lemon twist, peppermint, cinnamon, wintergreen, and spearmint. This one will probably go over better with the Littles.
I would look for ingredients for your teeth that will polish like baking soda or salt, whiten like charcoal or turmeric, remineralize like bentonite clay, antibacterial like coconut oil, and of course natural sweeteners and flavors.
Or check out this amazing eBook DIY Organic Beauty Recipes from Mommypotamus with 50+ recipes including her tooth powder recipe. Every recipe I have made so far from this book has been a success. Plus her recipes cover every personal care item you will ever need!