I’ve been meaning to do a post about natural oral care for so long!
Ever since I wrote the History of Oral Care post in fact. For me, it’s incredibly scary that many mainstream toothpastes carry a health warning – “If swallowed seek medical advice.” Yes, that’s right, the substance people are brushing their teeth with is a potential hazard to their health. The hazardous ingredient that gives cause for this caution is fluoride. The American Dental Association believes that fluoride can strengthen teeth and fight decay, however, the negative effects far outweigh these benefits (and don’t forget there are other ingredients that can strengthen teeth and fight decay!) and include discolouration of teeth, suppression of the immune system, carcinogenic, birth defects and gastrointestinal illnesses. So my advice naturally is to avoid toothpaste with fluoride in at all costs. Granted, the amount of fluoride in toothpaste is quite small, but bear in mind that you are using this product twice a day (in most cases!) 365 days a year… it all adds up!
There are some other ingredients I would avoid in oral care and these include –
- propylene glycol – damages cell membrane, causes rashes and has been shown to damage organs
- sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate – causes products to foam, but is a known irritant and can be corrosive to skin and tissue
- triclosan – an antibacterial agent that causes bacteria to mutate and increase resistance to treatment. It has been linked to organ damage and immune system suppression
Thankfully, there are an increasing number of kinder toothpastes for all the family.
VitaCare Mint & Pomegranate Whitening Toothpaste
Is my current favourite and won Biteable Beauty Best Of Beauty Award 2012-13. I LOVE this toothpaste for the taste, the texture and the effectiveness. It leaves mouths feeling fresh and clean, contains Vitamins A, C, D and E, along with Calcium, powerful antioxidant extract of Cranberry, soothing Aloe Vera, Xylitol for sweetness and natural Silica to help gently whiten teeth. I have not found a toothpaste to compare in terms of experience and effectiveness – no other toothpaste will do for me now!
Like VitaCare Toothpaste, I’ve not found a mouthwash that compares with JASON Healthy Mouth Mouthwash. It’s so refreshing and mouths feel super-clean after use, particularly when you combine with VitaCare toothpaste! The mouthwash contains natural Grapefruit Seed and Perilla Seed extract which help reduce tartar build-up and Tea Tree Oil to defend the mouth against sugar acids and acid-forming bacteria. The flavour is Cinnamon Clove – very strong and fresh but oh-so-pleasant!
For parents concerned about healthy oral care habits, JASON also offers Kids Only Toothpaste in fun child-friendly flavours of Strawberry and Orange, and Earth’s Best Baby Toddler Toothpaste in Strawberry & Banana, and Apple & Pear.
If you think I’ve missed a top oral care product off my list, I’d love to hear from you!