Natural toothpaste: all you need to know

Gabrielle Koster

Switching to natural cosmetics? Have you stood still by the ingredients that are found in your toothpaste?

If you’re a conscious consumer, there’s a big chance you’ll check the ingredients on all the groceries you buy. But have you ever read the ingredients of your toothpaste? Things like cocoamidopropyl betaïne, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), artificial sweeteners and diethanolamine (DEA) can be bad for your health. Do you ever take supplements that you have to melt underneath your tongue? That’s because there are big veins underneath your tongue. When you brush your teeth, the tooth paste ends up in your mouth and some of it can be absorbed by those veins. Doesn’t sound too good, does it? But what about fluoride?


Now this is a hard one. Because fluoride is used for decaying teeth and it’s very helpful. But it can also be harmful for your overall health. Science demonstrates that fluoride is a toxic chemical that accumulates in your tissues over time, wreaks havoc with enzymes and produces a number of serious adverse health effects, including neurological and endocrine dysfunction. So the choice of fluoride is up to you.

Natural toothpaste

Thankfully there are a lot of natural toothpastes on the market nowadays. Made with chalk, aloe vera, myrrh and eucalyptus oil for example. Aloe Vera helps protect your gums and provides them with some additional care. Myrrh, for example, is known for its disinfecting effect. But also the naturally occurring cacao extract theobromine could be protecting our teeth like fluoride does, without harming our health.

Do you use natural toothpaste?