6 Ingredients to Avoid in Toothpaste... and Alternatives

The Tale of Toxic Toothpaste... I’m going to keep it short and simple by listing 6 ingredients you want to avoid in your toothpaste and a few reasons why. This list in not all inclusive!! Of course, if you want to do further research you will find SEVERAL reasons to avoid these ingredients and others (not just in toothpaste, but all personal care products).

Here is a list of ingredients I copied and pasted off of the Colgate website:
Colgate Advanced Deep Clean Toothpaste

Active Ingredients:
Sodium Fluoride 0.24% (0.15% w/v fluoride ion) - Anticavity 
Triclosan 0.30% - Antigingivitis

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

1.      Triclosan
-known to cause antibiotic resistance and endocrine disruption
-linked to breast, ovarian, prostate, and testicular cancer
-preterm and low birth weight babies
-precocious puberty in girls, and undescended testicles in boys
-fetal bone malformations 
-hormonal effects
-interferes with cell signaling to the brain, heart, and other cells 
Toothpaste appears to be one of the most potent delivery vehicles for the chemical, as research found people who brushed their teeth with Colgate Total had more than five times as much Triclosan in their urine as those who did not.

2.      Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)-foaming action
-interferes with the functioning of your taste buds by breaking up the phospholipids on your tongue
-enhances bitter tastes and is thought to be the reason why everything tastes so bad right after you've brushed your teeth 
-skin irritant and may cause painful canker sores 
-during the manufacturing process it comes in contact with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic byproduct
-registered as an insecticide and may have toxic effects to marine life, including fish, insects, and crustaceans

3.      Fluoride
-largest single source of fluoride intake for young children is toothpaste 
-disfiguring dental fluorosis 
-toxic chemical that accumulates in your tissues over time, wreaks havoc with enzymes, and produces a number of serious adverse health effects, including neurological and endocrine dysfunction

4.      Artificial Sweeteners-Aspartame, Saccharin and other artificial sweeteners
-Chemistry Alert-- the methyl alcohol group synthetically attached to Aspartame is not safe for our bodies. It travels through your blood vessels into sensitive areas, such as your brain, where the methanol is converted to formaldehyde. 
-Aspartame/Saccharin=Formaldehyde on your Brain (Think about your Diet Sodas!)
-Artificial Sweetener poisoning includes headaches, ear buzzing, dizziness, nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances, weakness, vertigo, chills, memory lapses, numbness, and shooting pains in the extremities, behavioral disturbances, and neuritis.

5.      Propylene Glycol
-used in antifreeze, paints, enamels, and airplane de-icers 
-skin, eye, and lung irritant and organ system toxicity

6.      Diethanolamine (DEA) 
-hormone disrupter and has been linked with cancers of the stomach, esophagus, liver, and bladder 

Now the Good News!

Ingredients in Young Living’s AromaBright Toothpaste 
Water, Calcium carbonate, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil, Sodium bicarbonate, Glycerin, Xylitol, Xanthum gum, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) oil, Mentha spicata (Spearmint) leaf oil, Stevia rebaudiana leaf extract, Lecithin, Eugenia caryophyllus (Clove) bud oil, Ocotea quixos (Ocotea) leaf oil, Cinnamomum verum (Cinnamon) Bark oil, Citrus limon (Lemon) peel oil, Eucalyptus Radiata leaf oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf oil

Benefits and Features of AromaBright Toothpaste
-Supports healthy-looking gums and teeth with naturally derived ingredients.
-Removes stains.
-Provides long-lasting fresh breath.
-Provides a refreshing minty taste with 100 percent pure essential oils.
-Contains no sulfates, synthetic dyes, artificial flavors, or preservatives.

You could make your own toothpaste. I have! I’ve tried several different recipes, but none of them last very long or are easy to travel with and my kids didn’t like any of them. Thank goodness for Young Living!!! Now we all use Young Living brand toothpaste. The whole family LOVES it and knowing that it’s safe to use is the best part. I started out using the DentaromeUltra because it seemed closest to what I was used to. Now the toothpaste I buy is the Thieves AromaBright for me and my husband and the KidScents for our children. (We’ve used the KidScents toothpaste on our baby since her first tooth!) While I don’t encourage the children to swallow the toothpaste, I sure am not worried about it if they do. And don’t forget about Young Living’s Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash that contains no alcohol, dyes, or artificial colors! The mouthwash is amazing.

Natural Whiteners (be sensible, do not damage your enamel)
1. Brush after eating and drinking
2. Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
3. Coconut Oil Pulling
5. Activated Charcoal
4. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
5. Lemon or Orange Peels
6. Strawberries
7. Banana Peels

Keys to Optimal Dental Health
-Avoid highly processed foods and sugar!!
-Consume a diet rich in fresh, whole foods, fermented vegetables, omega-3 fats and grass-fed meats, which will ensure you're getting plenty of the minerals that are so important for strong bones and teeth. 
-Practice brushing and flossing twice a day. Get regular cleanings. Avoid fluoridated water and fluoridated toothpaste, as well as commercial toothpaste brands.

~ Juliann Kesti ~