I've been using Auromere toothpaste for quite a while now, no flouride, sweeteners, or animal ingredients: http://www.auromere.com/Toothpaste_4_16oz_Ayurvedic_Licorice_Toothpaste.html I haven't had any problems so far. I have my kids switch back and forth between that and Tom's with flouride, just because I would hate to have them get a bunch of cavities, but so far the dentist says their teeth look good, so I might start going more in the "no flouride" direction...
So someone was telling me that there's and ingredient in the Jason's Sea Fresh that is made from starfish! Anyone know if there's truth to this? I was going to switch to the Sea Fresh line, but have decided to go with Weleda because it's the cleanest.
This is a subject i have been wondering about. I have been using a nautural toothpaste and colgate, sorta switching between the two of them because i also have concerns. why is fluoride bad? i do like the taste of the natural toothpaste tho, green apple from the green beaver company! clearly the sulphites in conventional toothpastes are bad, but ya.... having concerns about how well natural toothpastes work... i have the need to go brush my teeth now lol
Flouride is one of the most reactive posions. It is so aggressive that when stored in glass continers extra care has to be taken to make sure no water is present so it does not react with the glass itself.
In the human body flouride kicks out iodine (which is necessary for metabolic function). It can also lead to bone problems. The amount of flouride found in a regular toothpaste is enough to kill a small child. So, yeah, it may be good to stay away from it.
My suggestion is to make your health care a fun and actually healthy by creating your own products. Here is a recipe for how I make my tooth powers:
i am ready to make my own toothpaste. i thought i had the right ingredients but i read that using baking soda, often... such as your daily toothpaste, is bad for your teeth. it is too abrasive so it wears the enamel...
anyone else heard this? i am still researching but it make sense... does anyone make their toothpaste w/o baking soda?
I also know someone who wasn't allowed to use flouride during childhood. Her and her brother's teeth are horrendous. Everytime she goes to the dentist she has multiple cavities and has had a few root canals. I think that years ago when we didn't live as long it wasn't a big deal that our teeth rotted out early in life, but now living until we are in our 80s or 90s they use flouride to keep our teeth stronger longer. Even though I'm sure it has problems as stated above, I'd like to keep my teeth as long as possible!
I've recently started using Toothy Tabs from Lush and they're great! The Ultrablast are my favourite - they're flavoured with lavender, spearmint and wasabi. My teeth feel really clean and smooth and my breath is really fresh. And because they're solid little tabs (you nibble them up and brush), they're sold in cardboard boxes, so no nasty plastic or metal tubes to dispose of.
I've been making my own toothpaste for over two years after reading that the commercial toothpastes are full of chemicals. I basically mix sea salt and peppermint essential oil. It makes a really great alternative and my teeth look great. Just had a check-up; no plaque, no cavities! :)