As time goes on, it seems that more and more folks are becoming aware of the inherent dangers with fluoride. While there are some great natural alternatives to the traditional fluoride laced paste, they’re not for everyone.
Items like baking soda and sea salt are great, and I can personally attest to them, but it definitely takes a while to get used to the taste. And if you happen to have thin enamel from years of poor diet choices (which I, like most people, can also personally attest to) sometimes these abrasives in their raw form can be pretty hard on your teeth.
If that’s the case, you might want to consider sticking with regular toothpaste while switching to something more natural. Fortunately, there is no shortage of fluoride free toothpastes that taste great, while still getting the job done.
Most of the items on this list will still contain some baking soda, and for the most part it should be harmless. When it’s only a small percentage of the paste, you shouldn’t worry about its abrasiveness. However, if you’re still looking for something that contains no salts of any kind, then TruthPaste may be what you’re looking for.
Instead of the typical ingredients found in toothpaste, the active ingredient in this is calcium bentonite clay, so it relies on absorption rather than abrasion to clean your teeth. It’s also one of the few toothpaste for sale that contains colloidal silver for fighting bacteria. If you’ve ever consumed food grade bentonite clay, you probably already know that it will take some getting used to, but your teeth will thank you.
While there is a wide variety of exotic, all natural toothpastes on the market, if you’ve been using store brand pastes all your life then you may have a hard time branching out into other products. If you just want a standard no fuss paste that tastes and feels like the products you’re used to, than Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste may be what you’re looking for.
However there are a few things you should know about it first. There’s a reason why it tastes similar to common toothpastes. While it is fluoride free, it still contains some of the same awful ingredients that you might find in Colgate or Crest. If you’re in the process of going all natural with your food, water, and hygiene products, then consider this a “healthier” option until you find something more suitable for your tastes.
If you ever stop to look over the selection of toothpastes at the grocery store, one thing will become very apparent. People love having the taste and sensation of minty flavors in their toothpaste. Personally, I’ve never cared for having such strong flavors in my morning routine, but I understand it. Having that mix hot and cold sensations that comes with minty flavors is simply refreshing, and most people wouldn’t have it any other way.
If that’s what you’re into, then you’ll love Desert Essence Toothpaste. Currently, they’re selling three flavors on Amazon including mint, tea tree and fennel, and wintergreen, and if you go to their website you can also find ginger flavored toothpaste among others. If you love feeling that icy hot sensation on your gums after brushing your teeth, then look no further.
If however, you’re like me and you’re not a big fan of strong minty flavors, then perhaps you should look for something a little more fruity. Along with that great Pomegranate taste, this Organique brand also contains an extract from the neem plant, which has been used for centuries as a chew stick for dental care, long before the advent of the toothbrush.
Of all the items on this list, I suspect that this one is the healthiest. It has the simplest list of ingredients, which includes extra virgin coconut oil, baking soda, and organic spearmint oil. Like I said before, baking soda can be salty and abrasive, but it isn’t nearly as bad when it is thoroughly mixed with something else. And if you’re into oil pulling, then you won’t have any trouble making the switch to this product. If you’re looking for a simple, low abrasive paste at an affordable price, then this is probably your best bet.
Authors note: many of the products in this article contain carrageenan. It seems like the vast majority of “natural” toothpastes contain this ingredient, which some studies suggest could be bad for your health. Fortunately, all of the risks that are currently associated with carageenan appear to be digestion related, so as long as you don’t eat it you should be fine. The final item on this list is probably the best option for children who have a habit of swallowing their toothpaste.