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The Dirty Chemicals Lurking in Toothpaste

By Fredrica Syren:

Once deciding to avoid chemicals, we usually think about household cleaners, body products and children’s toys; but few ever pay attention to the chemicals we put into our mouths when we brush our teeth. I already talked about why you should trade your plastic tooth brush for a compostable bamboo ones, so let’s focus on toothpaste.

Most common toothpastes contain harsh chemicals, additives, detergents, dyes — even sweeteners. They can be harmful to your teeth, your overall health and the environment. Certain ingredients such as triclosan and fluoride found in toothpaste can bioaccumulate in the environment, affecting ecosystems and harming wildlife.Although you spitout most of the toothpaste, chemicals do find their way into your blood stream because your mouth is one of the most absorbent parts pf your body.

  • Chemicals found in mainstream toothpaste are listed here:
  • Triclosan — Hormone disrupting chemicals
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) —an additive that allows products to foam. It has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation and endocrine disruption
  • Diethanolamine (DEA) — Linked to cancer
  • Microbeads — Oh, these beads of plastic not only contain hormone disruptors, but they also cause lots of problems in our waters and oceans.
  • Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) —carcinogenic and linked to cancer
  • Parabens — contain hormone-disrupting chemicals and has been linked to infertility, thyroid issues and cancer

The best brand sold in stores are:

Desert Essence Toothpaste

Dr. Bronners

Weleda: Natural Salt Toothpaste

Kiss My Face

Nature’s Gate Natural Toothpaste

The Dirt – All Natural Tooth Powder(my favorite)

Primal Life: Dirty Mouth Organic Toothpowder

So, there are lots of options that have way fewer chemicals on the market. Another option is to make your own toothpaste. It’s easy and cheap. And you probably havemost ingredients at home or can easily buy them. All good reasons! This recipe takes about two minutes to make.

  • 1/2 cup bentonite clay powder
  • 1/8 tsp. Unrefined high mineral salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2/3 cup water (more if paste is too thick)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. stevia(optional)
  • 1 to 4 drops of essential oil from list below

Essential oils for oral care:

Cinnamon—Contains antifungal, antibacterial properties

Spearmint oil— Astrong antiseptic, eliminating germs and helping heal any wounds

Thieves oilGood for gingivitis;helps with bad breath; kills bacteria; and reduces swelling of inflamed gums

Mix everything until you have a paste. Add more water if it seems too dry. You can keep this toothpaste in an airtight mason jar.

 

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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