I switched from a chemical, conventional and/or synthetic toothpaste a couple of years ago. The conventional brand I use to brush with had my teeth glossy white but as I got deeper into my journey the reviews on my teeth from the dentist wasn’t making sense based on the way I eat, so I started reading labels to understand the ingredients for my oral health needs.

My research included toothpaste, floss, mouthwash and my toothbrush. I switched out everything and learned  toothpaste is filled with ingredients that can be harmful to us, especially in large doses. If you read the warning labels on most boxes of conventional brands it says’ they are not for kids under 2 years of age. This made me think what did I brush my daughter teeth with when she was younger and what is the danger for both of us.

Well, it’s because of the fluoride and if swallowed toddlers would need medical attention. The age cap is at 2/3 years of age because they expect the kids will spit rather than swallow. I know some adults who swallow (IJS)…The box clearly states to call the poison control center or seek emergency attention. Yeah it’s not so cute anymore to let the kids brush, play and swallow that ball of harmful ingredients that pose a potential threat.  Go ahead, run to get your toothpaste box and read the warning labels. Now your wondering, what do I use instead? Natural toothpaste would be a healthier alternative to the chemical-filled toothpaste.

Although it’s not a threat to everyone, you would need to weigh the pros and cons of using fluoride and understand how it affects your daily health. In my household the goal is to stop or minimize the chemicals. This controls what we’re exposing ourselves and/or our family to, and all natural toothpaste is the wise choice for me.

Some people will never understand the natural toothpaste benefits and it will take time to learn your oral health with the help of a dentist. Since conventional toothpaste can be quick to get, your probably thinking why anyone would be interested in finding an alternative. Well, there can be a number of reasons why and most of them have to do with what chemicals are in your daily toothpaste.

I’m going to list a few ingredients to help start the decision making process for yourself and you can also DIY a toothpaste with these three simple ingredients: 1.Baking Soda 2.Coconut Oil and 3.Peppermint Essential Oil.

What ingredient below did you locate?

  • Fluoride – While fluoride supposedly prevents cavities, it can be toxic to the body. Causing acne or even outbreaks around the mouth.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – This is soap and a strong chemical that gives you the foamy cleaning action not found in natural toothpaste.  It also affects your taste buds after brushing.
  • Artificial Sweeteners – I avoid chemical sweeteners like sorbitol and saccharin because they are linked to carcinogens.

I have a list of other ingredients but I think these are the main three to start with. If you’re looking for a natural herbal toothpaste, most health food markets carry several brands without the chemicals above.

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