Note: this is not to be taken as medical advice. Results not guaranteed. Always consult your healthcare practitioner on matters relating to oral health before making a change. My results may differ from yours.
Here’s the thing about conventional toothpaste:
It’s full of crap. But nobody seems to understand this – including dentists. And your tube of Crest sure isn’t going to tell everyone that its active ingredient is…
Okay, so it’s not full of actual crap. But most conventional toothpastes have very little in them that is actually good for your teeth! They usually contain several of the “ingredients to avoid” discussed in the Purely Primal Skincare Guide, like Triclosan, and even the “natural” toothpastes like Tom’s contain harsh surfactants like sodium lauryl sulfate (they’ll tell you it’s plant-derived, but it’s harsh either way).
In fact, chronic use of those types of ingredients qualifies them, by my research, as toxic to the mouth and body.
When a product is recognized as “safe,” really just means it hasn’t been shown to cause acute toxicity reactions. What does that mean? It won’t kill ya right away. Yet unexplained, chronic conditions related to chemical toxicity are not well-understood or well-documented with reference to the thousands of personal care products that might play a role in causing them. (Example: a woman recently told me that the Skintervention Guide has been invaluable in helping families dealing with autism who need to remove potentially dangerous, exacerbating, unnecessary chemicals from their own routines).
I believe we have two options: trust the corporations and a pathetic body of scientific evaluation, or trust ourselves.
I trust my own instincts, and most importantly, the great results I’ve had while following them. The ingredients in conventional toothpaste just don’t sit right with me.
(While I won’t get involved in a great fluoride debate, I will say that I personally don’t use fluoride whatsoever – both because it is, by the FDA’s definition, a drug; and because I believe that a healthy diet mitigates the same risk factors that fluoride is supposed to treat. My teeth have actually improved since I stopped using fluoride-based dental hygeine.)
In short, I believe fluoride’s value is as a band-aid. I prefer a true, safe, alternative solution. Read on for more…
For anyone who owns the Purely Primal Skincare Guide, this post will come as no surprise. As many of you know, I absolutely love oils and clay for a variety of skincare needs!
My favorite alternatives to toxic toothpaste are…
…A powerful essential oil serum.
I use Orawellness, a company that not only sells an oil blend that is designed to protect, nourish and strengthen gums and teeth, but they also sell a fantastic specialized brush AND provide tutorial videos and ideas on their site for better oral health.
Primal Life Organics also produces a fabulous essential oil based gum serum called “Dirty Mouth Boost” that I highly recommend.
Next up, another favorite:
…Clay-based oral care.
Clay may help remineralize teeth, stopping the progression of cavities and decay. It can also help whiten and brighten!
I use Primal Life Organics Dirty Mouth Primal Toothpowder, which can be used alone or combined with a carrier oil, like coconut oil. It’s totally safe for kids (including kids that have a tendency to swallow their toothpaste!)
Redmond Clay also produces a clay-based EarthPaste that squeezes just like a regular toothpaste.
While I list many more options in the Purely Primal Skincare Guide, including oil pulling and neem-based oral care, these are my go-tos! If you’d like to share your favorites, head over to the Facebook page and leave a comment!
Thanks for reading!