Okay, so you go to the store and you look at your options; Colgate, Crest, Aquafresh, etc… Do we really know what is in those little tubes that every one buys without a second thought? Well have you ever noticed that every fluoride toothpaste tube contains a warning “If swallowed more than using for toothpaste seek medical attention.” Well you might now. It’s actually required to label the warning due to some health risks associated with ingesting fluoride.
SLS which stands for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is also a common ingredient in cosmetics like soap, shampoo, and you guessed it; toothpaste! It concerns me when toxins are so casually put into things we use in our MOUTHS!? Anyone else? SLS is a foaming agent which can make you feel nice and sudsy but actually can present risk of neurotoxicity and is a known carcinogen.
So what can we do about it?
Well after experimenting with quite a few different brands, flavors, and types of toothpaste I have found one that I would finally recommend. Jason powerful peppermint toothpaste is both fluoride and SLS free as well as free from preservatives, artificial color, artificial sweeteners, and propylene glycol (which “is used by the chemical, food, and pharmaceutical industries as an antifreeze when leakage might lead to contact with food.”) Nice hey!!! Take a look at a more in depth write up if you wish. http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/substances/toxsubstance.asp?toxid=240
Anyway, this is one of many that I have tried but this is the first that doesn’t leave me wishing for something else. The texture is the same as typical toothpaste, as well as the cleaning ability. I found it bubbled just as nicely and even has a strong peppermint oil flavor – my fav 😉