Say NO to toxic teeth by using natural toothpastes instead! Here are some of the best brands out there
By Chere Di Boscio
Beware! There are toxins in your toothpaste!
Most Eluxe readers will now be aware of the dangerous chemicals lurking in conventional toothpastes: from fluoride and triclosan to sodium laureth sulphate and artificial sweeteners, heavy chemicals in toothpastes can cause everything from thyroid problems and arthritis to liver disease and cancer. A recent study of Colgate Total toothpastes just revealed that there are indeed cancer-causing agents in that brand, and it has been proven that brands with microbeads can actually cause gum disease.
In short, off-the-shelf toothpastes should be off your bathroom shelf forever!
Luckily, plenty of hard-working, good-tasting natural toothpastes instead! They may take some getting used to in terms of their lack of foam and uber-sweetness (caused in normal toothpastes by harmful chemicals like saccharin), but the long term results are well worth it. These natural toothpastes are sometimes even more effective than chemical ones!
Here’s our list of our Top 10+ Natural Toothpastes, below. Don’t worry if these aren’t stocked in your local drugstore or pharmacy; your can buy all of these easily online. Just click the links in the titles!
Our Top 10+ Natural Toothpastes
This certified organic toothpaste says it’s for children, but the truth is, it’s great for anyone with delicate teeth and gums. Even if kids swallow it, it’s 100% non-toxic, free of all harmful chemicals, and removes plaque and reduces bacterial growth.
Natural mint oils leave a fresh flavour, meaning this toothpaste is as close to the conventional ones that you can get.
This natural organic banana toothpaste is aimed at kids 6 months plus, but hey, you may like it too! It has a high safety rating from on EWG‘s Skin Deep – it’s rated the safest kids toothpaste on the market. In fact, it’s the only kid’s toothpaste that gets a zero health risk for children from the EWG.
It is sweet (thanks to tooth-protecting Xylitol), safe to swallow, fluoride free, sugar free, SLS free, with no added colours, preservatives or mint (which kids sometimes dislike).
Calcium carbonate is the main cleaning ingredient in this all natural toothpaste. It tastes amazing, thanks to the presence of not only loads of peppermint and spearmint oils, but also naturally sweet Stevia. If you’re looking for one of the best organic toothpastes for freshening your breath, this is it!
Warning! This turns your teeth a horrible, Elizabethan shade of black. Well, for a few minutes, anyway! But after brushing with this, you’ll actually see whiter teeth!
My Magic Mud Whitening Detox Tooth Powder has safe, food-grade ingredients that work like magnets to blast plaque, toxins, and surface stains – all while being gentle on enamel. The formula is free of fluoride and flavourless.
Peppermint oil provides a powerful burst of fresh flavour, and and leaves your breath fresh for hours. The three natural tooth whiteners ensure coffee and wine stains disappear, but that being said, there are no harsh abrasives. As an added bonus, the naturally antibacterial Perilla Seed Extract helps prevent tartar build up.
Toothpaste doesn’t get more natural than this! Dr. Bronner’s Organic Peppermint Toothpaste brings a tingling, minty clean feeling to your mouth, courtesy of the organic peppermint oil inside. Organic coconut flour and coconut oil work as mild abrasives to clean your teeth. The result is a low-foaming all-in-one product that reduces plaque, whitens teeth, and freshens breath.
This natural whitening toothpaste offers protection for healthy gums and whiter teeth. And of course, the formula is fluoride free, SLS free and ensures protection for healthier gums.
Activated charcoal and diatomaceous earth join tea tree and coconut oil to detoxify the mouth and leave your breath smelling minty-fresh. Admittedly, tea tree oil is an acquired taste, but it is a powerful, natural antibacterial agent.
Aiming to reduce plastic waste in your beauty routine? Hello Toothpaste Tablets can help you do just that!
They’re so easy to use: just chew the tablet, brush, and rinse as usual. Thoughtfully formulated with natural peppermint, tea tree oil, and coconut oil, you’ll say goodbye to traditional toothpaste tubes and hello to a more natural and eco-friendly way to care for your teeth.
This is perhaps the most controversial of all the natural toothpastes!
Some people love this one – like, obsessively. And some hate it. Why? Obviously because of the salty flavour. This Salt Toothpaste was originally developed in consultation with doctors and dentists, and the rather unique result is an effective cleansing action that is pH balanced.
Salt Toothpaste neutralises caries-promoting acids, particularly after meals. Just half an hour after cleansing the teeth, the normal pH balance of the mouth will be restored, no matter how much sugar and acidic food you’ve eaten.
10. Buly 1830
Definitely the most luxurious of all the natural toothpastes on this list, Buly 1803 Pomme de Montauban contains thermal water from Castéra-Verduzan – the first spa town in France to have been accredited by the health department for treating ailments.
Formulated to foam very little due to the lack of harmful SLS, this polishing paste combines the cleansing properties of Calcium and Magnesium.
It’s particularly designed to soothe your throat and calm mouth aches, but of course, you can use this any time.
There’s a new brand on the block when it comes to natural toothpastes, and not only are they tackling oral hygiene, they’re also working to reduce plastic pollution! Brushd Dental Toothpaste Tablets are an alternative to the plastic-encased toothpaste tubes we are all used to. No paste, no waste; simply chew on the toothpaste tablet to leave your teeth and gums clean and feeling minty fresh.
Recommended by dentists, they’re available in either 62 or 124 tablets and can be bought with or without fluoride. Packaged in a glass jar, once empty you can simply purchase a handy refill box made from plastic-free packaging.
Brushd also produces a range of other eco-friendly dental products such as bamboo toothbrushes and plastic-free dental gloss. They also have a handy mouthwash tablet which is fabulous for on the go!
…And Don’t Forget Your Mouthwash!
Mouthwash is normally just as full of nasty, toxic chemicals as toothpaste.
If you use alcohol-containing mouthwashes over a long period, this is sure to dry out your mouth and change its natural pH. You may also increase your risk of mouth and throat cancers. If a mouthwash contains a harsh detergent like cocamidopropyl betaine, this makes it even worse.
Mouthwashes also commonly contain fluoride, a systemic poison, and sorbitol or saccharin, which causes bladder cancer in animals. Synthetic colours, aromas and flavourings, which are basically perfumes that only temporarily hide foul odours, are also used in mouthwashes.
So, make sure your mouthwash is pure, like Buly 1830’s, which contains only natural ingredients. We love the Mint Tea flavour, which has a zesty kick and is gently refreshing. And oh! That bottle!
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