Topical in the news this week are the chemicals found in best selling Colgate Total toothpaste, in particular triclosan (used as a preservative, said to be a carcinogen, immune disruptor, to cause allergic reactions, skin, eye and lung irritation and suspected skin, sense organ and immunotoxicity).
As you probably already know medicines can be quickly and readily absorbed under the tongue. When your toothpaste contains chemicals you are essentially administering a nice little dose of chemicals to yourself while you’re innocently brushing your teeth. Dentists recommend a full 2 minutes of brushing to get your pearly whites clean however ‘sublingual administration’ (ie. under the tongue), and also via your cheeks, can ensure chemicals/toxins (and medicines) are hitting your system within as little as 60 seconds! Does this make you think twice about what’s in your toothpaste? I do now, that’s for sure!
Most popular toothpastes contain something you’d rather not be absorbing, whether it be triclosan (preservative: carcinogen, hormone disruptor, allergins), sodium lauryl sulphate (foaming: irritation to skin and eyes, organ toxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity), fluoride (anti-plaque: carcinogen, dental fluorosis, neurotoxicity, etc), Sodium Saccharin (masking: skin ailments, reproductive and developmental toxicity), Brilliant Blue (colour: carcinogen, asthma, skin irritation, etc), to name a few (and there are lots)…
Oh, and how ’bout that message on the back of the popular toothpaste packets? And I quote, ‘WARNING: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. In case of accidental ingestion, seek professional assistance or contact a Poison Control Centre immediately.’ I don’t know about you but this is disturbing! And the warnings are right there on the back if you read them!!!
Unfortunately even a quick scan of the all-healthy, all-natural, independent, ‘easily-available-on the -lowest-shelves’ supermarket brands still had ‘something’ inside that I’d rather not be using. Can you believe it? Unfortunately I can (now), but I’m learning quick about reading labels…
So what are the alternatives?
Here are a few (with shopping links in titles) with NO toxic ingredients:
Price: $18.00 for 113g
Baking Soda, Xathum Gum, Stevia, Vegetable Glycerin, Water, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Essential Oils.
I have used this one, it cleans just as well as my previous popular brand. It leaves a fresh minty taste, and none of that over-the-top fake mint taste that regular brands leave. It also doesn’t froth and bubble like popular chemical-laden brands.
Price: $20.72 for 114g
Water, Calcium carbonate, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil, Sodium bicarbonate, Glycerin (Vegetable), Xylitol, Xanthum gum, Mentha piperita† (Peppermint) oil, Mentha spicata† (Spearmint) leaf oil, 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, Stevia rebaudiana leaf extract, Lecithin (Sunflower).
I have also used this one, in fact I interchange between this and the Tooth Fairy above. It is creamier to use, and smooth. It has a minty taste with undertones of cinnamon and cloves (from the thieves essential oils). It also leaves a fresh minty taste, and none of that over-the-top fake mint taste that regular brands leave. Again, it doesn’t froth and bubble like the popular common chemical laden brands.
Price: $9.95 for 114g
Purified Water, Food Grade Redmond Clay, Xylitol, Peppermint Essential Oil, Menthol, Redmond Real Salt, Tea Tree Oil.
I haven’t tried this one, but it’s next on my hit list. The Sunnybrook website says,’It’s toothpaste unlike any other you’ve experienced – you’ll see the difference on your brush and feel the difference in your mouth’.
$10.30 for 150g
organic Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, sodium bicarbonate, organic citrus limonum (lemon) essential oil, non gmo xanthan gum, sea salt, stevia citriadora (lemon myrtle) essential oil.
I can’t wait to try this one too! There are other flavours in the Miessence family as well including mint and anise.
The next time you’re shopping for toothpaste don’t trust the healthy claims on the packaging, even if they’re independent brands, have pretty ‘natural’ pictures of fresh mint and labels like ‘organic’. Always check the ingredients, most of the time you’ll be replacing one toxic ingredient for another if you’re not careful. The above toothpastes are worth sourcing, they’re easy enough to find in your local area, and well worth the peace of mind knowing you’re not layering up with extra toxins that your body (and your family’s bodies) have to deal with down the track.
Before you ask, YES! You can make your own toothpaste! I’ll provide a recipe soon, promise. At the very minimum you can simply use baking soda. Feeling fancy? Add a few drops of peppermint oil. Even more fancy? Add some coconut oil, that’ll make it ‘pasty’… Or you could even use plain old salt.
For Further Reading:
Mayo Clinic on Triclosan:
New articles on Colgate Total:
I hope you found this info helpful!
♥ Kelly Lynne
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Disclaimer. I am not paid for my reviews. My opinions are my own based on the research that I have conducted over many years. I use various resources to find my information. An excellent resource is an app called ‘Chemical Maze’, other resources include the Good Guide, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), as well as the internet. You can find lots of information if you scratch beneath the surface. My aims are to clean up my life and home and to share what I find with you so you can do the same if it’s that you want to do.