I can’t believe I never shared this before. But this is something that literally saved my son’s baby teeth and if you’re struggling with dental issues with your kids (or even yourself) this is something that may help.
From about the ages of 3 to 4, my son had terrible teeth. We were at the dentist almost every other month. I’m talking cavities, chipping teeth, you name it. His teeth were literally falling apart. And it wasn’t like I was neglecting his dental care. I was brushing his teeth at least twice a day and flossing morning and night. I couldn’t figure it out. His sister brushed and flossed the same amount of time and she had perfect teeth.
Something had to change. Not only was it stressful for my son and me because he was getting fillings so often, it was pretty damn stressful on my wallet.
So what did finally save his teeth? It was as simple as changing his toothpaste.
Now I know it may sound too easy, but he has not had a cavity since we switched toothpastes about 3 years ago. In fact, no one in my family has. Which is saying something because my husband doesn’t always brush his teeth before falling asleep at night.
But before we can examine why toothpaste matters, let’s look at what’s wrong with traditional toothpaste.
Harmful Ingredients Found in Regular Toothpaste
While you may not have given your toothpaste much thought, there’s actually quite a lot going on in that little amount you put on your toothbrush.
Your mouth is very absorbent, and even with spitting out the toothpaste, you’re still taking in some of the ingredients. Even more so for little kids who can’t spit well yet.
So… traditional toothpaste typically contains ingredients like:
This ingredient is antibacterial and used to possibly prevent gingivitis … but has actually been banned from being used in hand washes in 2016.
However, some toothpastes (like Colgate Total) still contain it. Like WTF?
Triclosan has been linked to:
- Altered hormone regulation
- Antibiotic-resistant germs
- Harming the immune system
- Endocrine disruption
- Fetal bone malformations in tested animals
- Breast cancer progression
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, or SLS, is the foaming agent that makes your toothpaste (and your soap and shampoo) and foamy and bubbly. Yeah, it’s fun, but those bubbles? They aren’t really cleaning anything. We’re kinda trained to think that bubbles = clean. Nope.
SLS has been linked to skin irritation (that’s you may see many shampoos marketed as SLS-free, cause people are getting reactions from this chemical) and mouth sores.
We’re trained to think that fluoride is necessary for dental care. I’m sure your dentist recommends fluoride at your cleanings. This is because it’s praised as being able to prevent tooth decay.
The problem with fluoride is that is accumulates within your body, and can become toxic. Unfortunately, fluoride is added to water in most cities, so you’re drinking some, brushing with it and adding it to your teeth at the dentist.
Fluoride can lead to health problems like:
- Certain cancers
- Neurological and endocrine dysfunction
- Enzyme inhibition
- Lowered IQ
- Brittle teeth and bones (wait, what?)
Propylene glycol is a mineral oil that is used, in its industrial form, in paints, antifreeze enamel and airplane de-icers. In its pharmaceutical form, it’s used in toothpaste to act as a surfactant and a wetting agent. But, really? Antifreeze? Enamel? Just no.
DEA is used to make toothpaste foam. It’s a known hormone disrupter and when it reacts with other ingredients, it can from a potential carcinogen that is absorbed through the skin, and linked to stomach, liver, bladder and esophagus cancer.
What We Use Instead
Like I said, I was dealing with cavities and chipping teeth almost monthly.
I did some research and realized how much shit was in regular toothpastes! Like so much shit that really doesn’t need to be in toothpaste, and other things that really don’t do anything.
So we switched.
We now use Earthpaste. We’ve used it for the last 3 years and have had amazing results. The biggest being, of course, that my son’s teeth stopped falling apart.
This toothpaste contains:
- Redmond clay. This is a cleanser that has a high pH, which counteracts the acid in the mouth that helps breeds cavities.
- Purified water. This just makes it less …clay-y.
- This is a sweetener but also prevents bacteria from sticking to your teeth. Think of it as fluoride, but without the yucky side effects.
- Essential oils. Earthpaste has different flavors, and each contains its own essential oils, but the oils used are antibacterial, antimicrobial and cleansing.
Our kids use the lemon Earthpaste, which I think tastes like Fruity Pebbles or Fruit Loops.
My husband and I use the peppermint Earthpaste.
Other Natural Toothpaste Options
If the Earthpaste doesn’t interest you, here are some other options we have tried and liked:
Jack and Jill Natural toothpaste. We used this one for the kids; it’s clear and pretty sweet. The banana was almost overwhelmingly so. But it was perfect for the kids when they were little and needed something that tasted good.
Making your own tooth powder. I made our tooth paste … well, powder … for a while. The ingredients is pretty similar to what is found in Earthpaste, but being homemade, it’s cheaper. We ended up not sticking to it because, 1) I got lazy and 2) the powder needs to be kept dry. Getting it wet introduces bacteria. But in case you’d like to make your own, here’s an easy recipe that I used:
- 4 tbs food-grade bentonite clay. This clay pulls out toxins (Found here)
- 3 tbs calcium magnesium. Optional. Adds calcium. (Found here)
- 5 tbs xylitol. You could omit this, but it could add more cavity protection and counter the taste of the cloves. (Found here)
- 1 tbs organic cinnamon. This is antibacterial. (Found here)
- 1 tsp organic cloves. Antibacterial. (Found here)
If you’re facing dental issues with your kids; I know how hard it is. It downright sucks. Luckily, we were able to stop my son’s tooth decay and issues simply by changing toothpastes. I can’t guarantee that switching to a natural toothpaste will be the answer to all tooth issues, but with all the nasty ingredients that don’t need to be in regular toothpaste, it can’t hurt, can it?