How often do you think about the ingredients in your toothpaste? I have spent the past few days researching the biggest brands and learning about the most harmful ingredients that are in the common toothpastes sold.
For a while, I have flitted between different toothpastes. Some without fluoride because of some of the health risks. But then because it helps to protect teeth from plaque it’s also important. I’ve been meaning (for a long time) to really look into this more closely because I found it wasn’t long before I was once again buying the cheap stuff- on offer for just £1. I think this is something most of us are guilty of.
Look out for these really harmful ingredients:
- Poloxamer – used to dissolve oily ingredients in water. It can irritate eyes and skin and cause organ system toxicity (found in some Crest, Colgate, )
- Triclosan – antibacterial and anti fungal components that are also found in soap, deodorant, mouthwash and cleaning supplies. Toxic to reproduction and can potentially cause infertility (can be found in Colgate total and Colgate total advance fresh gel). Thyroid hormone receptor.
Be aware of these ingredients that can be harmful when used over a long period of time:
- Calcium peroxide (often found in whitening toothpastes – sensitising effect and can also cause respiratory and skin irritation.
- Polyethylene – it is a common non biodegradable plastic and currently going through procedures to be banned in NY, California, Minnesota and Illinois due to the build up of plastics and micro plastics in the environment.
- Sodium fluoride – used to prevent the build up of plaque but is a neurotoxin and has been banned in the EU. Causes irritation, sensitisation and organ system toxicity. Recommended not to be used for children 6 years and under.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate – used for cleansing and foaming, also used in products such as shampoo, bath products, shaving foams and other skin products. A major irritant but without major toxic effects.
- Peg-12 – used as a thickener. Can cause mild irritation and itchiness.
- Potassium nitrate – possible organ toxicity. Can cause mild side effects.
- Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate – used as a cleansing and foaming agent. Relatively safe in ‘wash off’ products. May cause skin irritation.
Toothpaste I would avoid:
Toothpaste I would recommend:
- Toms of Maine- children’s natural fluoride toothpaste (or the fluoride free version)
- The honest company honest toothpaste.
- Green beaver natural toothpaste (various flavours)
- Jason’s natural cosmetic power smile.
- David’s natural toothpaste.
- Weleda (including children’s version)
Toothpaste that sits in the middle:
- Sensodyne (particularly the ultra fresh)
One of the main key points here is the sodium fluoride. Yes, it is important to remove plaque. Toothpastes that don’t include the sodium fluoride aren’t always the best tasting. In the past I have alternated between fluoride andfluoride free toothpastes.
Check out ridding plaque the natural way!