I’m going to admit it: Switching to natural toothpaste was one of the hardest things to do (OK these two things were hard, too).
When you’re prone to tartar buildup and your smile is something people compliment you on, you get a little shy about changing something that you just know works, regardless of ingredients or health.
In mid-2012, I finally bit the bullet and started experimenting with natural toothpaste.
I was extremely skeptical about the different flavors on the market (Tea tree in my teeth? Fennel? I don’t know about that…), so I stuck with traditional mint flavors while scanning ingredients lists.
I was horrified by what I found.
While the usual suspects SLS and SLES were a given (oh how we love our suds and foam!), the sight of PEGs, propylene glycol and even parabens in so-called luxury toothpaste disturbed me.
Let’s be super-picky about not putting parabens on our skin, but it’s OK to put them right in our mouth!
It’s taken some testing, but I’ve narrowed it down to a handful of toothpastes that I reach for at Whole Foods:
It’s the most-expensive of the bunch, but it tastes and feels like conventional toothpaste. The ingredients list is free of nasties such as SLES, SLS, parabens, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners and propylene glycol.
I’ve always used whitening toothpastes, and this one seems to deliver when it comes to keeping my coffee-tea-wine-loving mouth stain-free. I am slightly concerned at the inclusion of titanium dioxide in the ingredients list, though, with the continued talks of titanium dioxide’s health risks (I know some of you avoid it in sunscreen!).
If you’re not interested in having titanium dioxide in your mouth but are OK with fluoride, this is another good choice from Tom’s. I grew up on fluoride toothpaste (and still had way too many visits to the dentist!) and have no strong feelings about it. (My county fluoridates the water, so it’s hard to avoid even if I wanted to.)
I’m curious to know what you’re using to keep your smile beautiful. What ingredients do you avoid in toothpaste? Tell me in the comments section!