Posted by: Jordan
I’m approaching yet another birthday, and with another birthday comes another thing to dislike about aging. Today’s aging gripe: Where the heck did my bright, naturally white smile go??? It seems to be getting more beige by the day. I don’t even drink coffee! (Let’s just forget about those 2 glasses of red wine last night for the time being, ok? That has nothing to do with anything.) And let’s not talk about those scary, harsh whitening treatments that can strip your enamel…I like having a strong enamel. So recently I’ve been on the search for 100% natural toothpastes that have gentle whitening capabilities, and are also flouride-free. Why flouride-free when all your life you hear about how we need tons of flouride or we’ll get a mouth full of cavities? Well, because more and more studies are showing that flouride has been linked to cancer, altering DNA, and reproductive toxicity. But your toothpaste has such a minimal amount of flouride, so it can’t possible do that much damage, right? Perhaps, but I happen to not want to risk altering my DNA or getting cancer. Especially when you’re putting it on your gums, which are super absorbent, thereby getting all those unnatural chemicals into your bloodstream quickly. Remember the “cool guys” in high school who thought it was so manly to put “chaw” (that’s what we called chewing tobacco in Indiana when I was in high school) under their lips because it got the nicotine into their bloodstream quickly? Same goes with your toothpaste–whatever is in it, is also going in your body. It’s just a personal choice for me to limit my daily intake of flouride, as well as unnatural preservatives, colors and flavors found in most toothpastes on the market.
Recently I’ve tried Burt’s Bees Natural Toothpaste which is whitening, flouride-free, and 100% natural: fits the bill for everything on my toothpaste checklist. Plus, it leaves my teeth fresher than other natural toothpastes I’ve tried, yet isn’t at all overpowering. It’s funny–use natural toothpaste for about a month or so and then go back to your standard toothpaste and tell me how you feel using it again. For me, my old conventional Crest is so strong and powerful that it almost burns now. The tube of Crest in our medicine cabinet (my husband’s, which he refuses to let go of) looks so strange to me all of the sudden. Whoever thought making toothpaste bright teal with silver sparkles in it would make people think it’s good for you? It kind of scares me when I really think about what’s in it. Again, this is just my personal choice and you have to do your own research and consider what you’re ok with in something you put in your mouth twice a day, every day (hopefully!)
This toothpaste is the best natural one I’ve tried. It has cranberry extract, which is shown to naturally protect against plaque, and is also SLS-free, which means–keep this in mind–it won’t foam up like standard brands. That doesn’t mean it’s not doing its job; it’s just something to get used to. But even without SLS, I think it foams better than most natural toothpastes I’ve tried. My only complaint with this toothpaste has nothing to do with the actual toothpaste; it’s that the snap-shut lid is sometimes a little hard to open, especially when you’ve just put lotion on your hands.
If, like me, you are looking for a natural toothpaste that fits the above criteria, give this one a try. They also have a flouride version if that’s important to you. (And go here to print a $1 off coupon!)