Toothpaste is something that was always an easy decision for me as I never gave it any thoughts. As I learned about some of the harmful chemicals in foods we commonly eat and many household products we take for granted I started looking more into toothpaste and how to find one that will keep my teeth white with minimal long term risk. I figured it’s a good long term decision, sure it took me some time to find a SLS free toothpaste that also does not contain fluoride but now the research is done and I will share some of my findings and share the toothpaste I’ll probably always use in the foreseeable future, it’s also not even more expensive than the ones you can find in stores.
The 3 chemicals to avoid in toothpaste
First off is fluoride which is more well known. In fact, it’s added into the drinking water of most towns despite not even been well proven to help with tooth decay. Fluoride is hard for your kidneys to flush and it builds up in your body over time. In 1977, the National Academy of Sciences reported that consuming an average of two milligrams of fluoride per day over a long period of time (40 years) would most likely contract crippling skeletal fluorosis, which is harmful for your joints and bones. Some other research in 1995 concluded that it might lead to a lower IQ in children with doses under what you can find in toothpaste. Basically, it’s something added to toothpaste that is not needed for your teeth and potentially will harm you. Why bother when you can find fluoride free toothpaste easily online or in health stores. However, a toothpaste without fluoride might still contain 2 of the other potentially harmful chemicals described below so let’s move on…
2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
SLS and sodium lauryl sulfate are used in many beauty products such as soaps, shampoo and toothpaste. They are used to make it foam nicely. Sadly, it’s another estrogen like mimic like BPA mentioned in my post on finding a plastic free electric kettle which means it can disrupt your hormonal balance and all the trouble that might happen due to this. While what is found in toothpaste might be a safe quantity, why bother risking your health when you can find a sls free toothpaste?
3. Titanium Dioxide
Titanium dioxide is used in white paint to whiten it and it has the same effect on your teeth. It’s used in sunblock and a large variety of other products. Not a lot of research has been done on it but the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety has written that titanium dioxide may be a human carcinogen. While manufacturers will claim there has been no risk associated with it and human consumption, do you really want to wait until studies are made to actually discover that it posses a risk to your health? By getting an all natural toothpaste that does not contain fluoride or SLS you’ll probably avoid Titanium dioxide anyway.
The winning sodium lauryl sulfate/fluoride free toothpaste is…
I chose this toothpaste from now foods because it has baking soda to whiten my teeth which works quite well. If you want a non baking soda toothpaste there is this alternative also from nowfoods on amazon. They use xylitol which is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol that I actually use as a replacement to normal sugar in baked goods since it has very low calories and little to no impact on your blood sugar levels. Also, some research shows that it is actually very healthy for your teeth and it’s recommended by some dentists. Amazon.com does not deliver outside USA so I ordered mine from iherbs.com with my last supplement shipment. If it’s your first order there, enter coupon code IFI934 for $5 off your first order ( I also get a commission if you do so :)).