I happened to glance at the back of my natural toothpaste purchased at the health food store. I was dismayed to see a similar warning posted on the tube, as on the commercial brands I considered toxic. It warned that if more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, call the Poison Control Center.
Here I had spent a great deal of time and money to get my health back and I suddenly realized that the ingredients in my toothpaste were not supporting my efforts. Why would I want to put something in my mouth and on my teeth that was harmful to my health? After all, the health of the mouth affects the overall health of the rest of the body.
Ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate, fluoride, artificial colors or sweeteners for starters are just not things that should go into the body. Period.
Most of us put very little thought into which toothpaste we use. Toothpaste should be carefully chosen like you would a best friend. It should play a positive, healthy and supportive role in your daily life.
I decided to find toothpaste that would do just that:
- Help to create overall health and well-being
- Ingredients that could be swallowed without harm
- A toothpaste or powder that would support healthy gums, teeth and the oral microbiome.
Your oral cavity is teeming with life (the oral microbiome) in the form of bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa and archaea that usually live in harmony and support your health and well-being. Your mouth with its seven hundred types of bacteria is home to ten to fifty billion bacteria, which is your immune system’s first line of defense. Oral infections, the standard American diet, stress, drugs and dental procedures create opportunities for microbes to turn from helpful to harmful and spread disease and illness to other parts of your body.
Giving your oral microbiome a healthy environment in which to flourish just makes sense. It’s a win-win situation.
Toothpastes I’ve Tried
I have tried the following toothpastes that fit my criteria. I always keep a few different brands on hand because I like to rotate my toothpaste. I use a soft toothbrush and dental floss. I mindfully brush my teeth and gums after every meal.
- Synertek Colostral Tooth & Gum Powder (www.synertekcolostrum.com)
- Weleda Calendula Toothpaste (www.usa.weleda.com)
- Revitin Prebiotic Toothpaste (www.revitin.com)
- Bronner’s All-One mint, anise or cinnamon toothpaste (www.drbronner.com)
- Auromere Ayurvedic Licorice Toothpaste (www.auromere.com)
- Botanique Himalaya Original Neem and Pomegranate (www.Himalayausa.com)
Since I grew up with “industrial strength” mint-flavored toothpaste, it took some getting use to other flavors. Revitin which is flavored with tangerine and lemon essential oils and Synertek, which has a complex flavor of peppermint leaf, licorice root, cloves and ginger root, are my two favorites.
Since changing my toothpaste, I have noticed an improvement in the over-all health of my mouth, thanks to my new best friend!
How much thought and effort have you put into finding the best toothpaste for your mouth? Is it time to change your toothpaste?