7 natural, chemical-free toothpastes to keep your pearly whites clean the safe way
There’s a lot of emphasis on natural everything these days, from food to skincare. Rightly so, we say, since natural is usually best.That said, there’s a horrifying amount of chemicals in something we put in our mouths daily, and that’s our toothpaste. Some of these chemicals include fluoride, SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), artificial flavours, sweeteners, propylene glycol and triclosan. Each with a list of potential side-effects from irritation to allergies, and hormonal imbalance to cancers.
While many experts say that the amount of chemicals in toothpastes are minimal, and you’re not supposed to ingest them, we would rather go chemical-free when it comes to cleaning our pearly whites. Here are 7 natural toothpastes to try.
Red Seal Propolis Toothpaste, $7.95 for 100g
This boasts propolis extracts from honey, which has antiseptic and antibacterial properties to protect your mouth and gums from ulcers and infections. The formula also reduces cavities, gingivitis, and plaque build-up. The brand also has a formula for kids, and a powerful whitening and breath-clearing version for smokers. Available on redmart.com.
A fluoride-free formulation that includes soothing sea buckthorn to lessen gum irritation. There’s also cardamom and Wasabia Japonica (yes, wasabi!) help to maintain fresh breath and bright teeth. Available from Aesop stores.
Perfect Smile, Fluoride-Free Whitening Toothpaste With CoQ10-SR, $9.76 for 119g
Free of fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, sugar, artificial sweeteners, gluten, or animal products, this gentle formula features hydrated silica, a milk abrasive that helps remove plaque, plus baking soda, which naturally cleans and whitens the teeth. Available on iherb.com.
Natural Dentist, Fluoride-Free Antigingivitis Toothpaste, Peppermint Sage, $8.35 for 142g
This toothpaste was created by a dentist to provide effective oral care for his patients’ teeth and gums. It is formulated with a scientific blend of natural ingredients like vegetable glycerin, xylitol and aloe vera gel. Available on iherb.com.
Tom's of Maine, Propolis & Myrrh, Fluoride-Free Toothpaste, Peppermint, $7.54 for 156g
Propolis and myrrh are herbal resins we’ve found promotes a naturally clean, healthy-mouth feeling. Propolis and myrrh toothpaste fights plaque with regular brushing, and we’ve added xylitol for great taste! Available on iherb.com.