When it comes to switching to a more natural toothpaste, selecting the perfect one can be daunting. During my hunt for nontoxic brands in Taiwan during the summer of 2010, it was a bit of a head scratcher to see which toothpaste was best. So why should you look into alternative toothpaste brands?
Toothpaste that we find at the drugstore often contain microbeads, tiny bits of plastic that may become lodged in our teeth. These polyethylene microbeads end up in the oceans: fish often mistake them for food, which become harmful for them (and for those of us who eat the fish).
With plastic microbeads
I heard about this brand from a few bloggers years ago, and was initially skeptical about using clay to clean teeth. The full ingredients list from Earthpaste’s peppermint toothpaste: Purified Water, Food Grade Redmond Clay®, Xylitol, Peppermint Essential Oil, Menthol, Redmond Real Salt®, Tea Tree Oil.
The first time I tried Earthpaste, I thought it was the strangest thing in the world. There was no sudsing like I was used to from traditional toothpaste brands like Colgate and Crest, nor was there a “normal” looking color. It looked like the color of mud, which was a bit daunting. However, after I got used to the feel of Earthpaste, there was no going back. I know most toothpastes include fluoride to help protect our teeth against cavities, but it is usually added to drinking and tap water (so we don’t have too much of a deficiency). It has now been 4 years since I have used Earthpaste exclusively, and my dentist has assured me that my teeth have been well taken care of (remember to floss daily as well!) To pair with it, I love my GreenPanda Bamboo toothbrush (available at Whole Foods).
Want to learn more about the toxicity of plastic in our everyday lives? Be sure to check out my review on Plastic Paradise here.
For general advice on oral health, check out my interview with dental student Tory Li here.
What’s your favorite natural toothpaste? I’d love to hear suggestions!