I take toothpaste for granted. It is something I use everyday, multiple times a day and other than the mild taste I get while brushing, I don’t put much thought into it.
Of course I want it to have a pleasant taste and clean my teeth, but other than that, what do I really need from a toothpaste?
Well, first let’s talk about what you DON’T need or want in your toothpaste.
Sodium fluoride has long been prescribed by dentists to reduce your risk of cavities. Recent studies have shown that this is not the case and most toothpaste contains levels that are toxic to small children. Best to buy fluoride free toothpaste.
Triclosan is a toxin used to decrease bacterial and fungal growth in products and is associated with hormone disruption and antibiotic resistance. It is supposed to reduce plaque and gum inflammation. It has recently been banned by the FDA from soap and body washes, but somehow it is safe to put in our mouths?
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a detergent and surfactant. This means it reduces the surface tension by increasing its spreading and wetting abilities. It allows for a more even penetration and dispersion. It is one of the most common causes of chronic allergic skin reactions, such as rashes and dermatitis. It is considered a penetration enhancer, which means it has such small molecules that it is able to cross the membranes of your body’s cells. This allows other toxins to enter the cells once they are compromised. Most concerning is that it is often laced with contaminants like 1,4 dioxane, which is a byproduct of the production process called ethoxylation which is used to process other chemicals in order to make them less harsh. SLS has recently been shown to increase the risk of canker sores.
Artificial Sweeteners and Color for some reason, are more prevalent in children’s toothpaste. Commonly made from petroleum, these colors can contain carcinogens and heavy metals. The sweeteners can be carcinogenic.
Propylene Glycol and Polyethylene Glycol are a mixture of compounds that have been bonded together. They are used as emollients and emulsifiers and they alter the structure of the skin to help other chemicals penetrate more deeply. They are linked to respiratory problems, eczema, allergic reactions, and damage to your central nervous system. They hide in the list as 1,2-dihydroxypropane, 2-hydroxypropanol, methyl ethyl glycol, 1,2-propanediol, propane-1,2-diol, and PEG.
Hydrated Silica are large abrasive particles used to remove surface stains and whiten teeth. It can wear the enamel of your teeth and cause irritation of the gums and tongue.
Parabens are a group of compounds that are known as endocrine disruptors because they mimic human estrogen. They are used as preservatives to prevent the growth of bacteria. They are absorbed through the skin and tiny pores around our eyes. They are linked to dry eyes, reproductive toxicity, early puberty, and breast cancer. Many scientific studies have shown that parabens have been widely found in urine samples and in the tissue of human breast tumors. They take on many forms in the ingredient list such as butylparaben, ethylparaben, and propylparaben. Because of all the press it has gotten, it has been replaced with another harmful ingredient called Phenoxyethanol.
Diethanolamine (DEA) is an emulsifier, surfactant, and pH adjuster. It is a known carcinogen that is already banned in Europe. It is also an endocrine disruptor and can lead to organ system toxicity.
Microbeads are just what the name implies, tiny plastic beads. Aside from the environmental problems of these beads washing down the sink and ending up in our water supplies and oceans, dentists have reported finding these in patient’s gums and they can potentially cause gum disease.
Who knew there are so many potentially harmful ingredients in our toothpaste? A product that goes directly in our mouths. A product most of us use 2 or more times a day.
Now let’s talk about a healthier alternative for you and your family.
Obviously David’s Premium Natural Toothpaste does not have any of the bad stuff. It does have hydrated silica, but they use a silica made here in the USA that is made with ultra fine microscopic particles that are designed to maintain your enamel while safely cleaning your teeth.
I received this toothpaste in my Detox Market Best of 2016 Beauty Box. It is made in the USA with all natural ingredients sourced primarily in the USA. It is EWG verified. It comes in a retro, recyclable metal tube and the carton it is packaged in is made with 100% wind power. Each package comes with a metal tube key to allow you to efficiently roll up the tube to squeeze out every drop. It is vegan and cruelty free. David’s is a family owned and operated company.
Ok, so the company is ethical and responsible. What about the product?
This toothpaste tastes great. It has a fresh, clean mint taste to it with a mild baking soda finish. (I couldn’t resist making it sound like a wine tasting description.) The mint is prevalent without being overpowering. It doesn’t have that burning sensation some mint toothpastes have, but I find that my mouth feels fresh long after I have brushed my teeth. It has everything I want and need in a toothpaste.
I have thrown out many “natural toothpastes” because I couldn’t stand the taste. Natural toothpaste doesn’t have to taste disgusting to work and be good for you.
My only reservation about this toothpaste is the cost. At $8 a tube, it is on the high-end of the spectrum for toothpaste. When I look at all the good the company does for the environment, its employees and our health, I will probably repurchase it.
So I guess the question is….will I put my money where my mouth is?