KEEPIN’ IT CLEAN: YOUR GUIDE TO ALL THINGS TOOTHPASTE

We all want a nice smile with beautiful, shiny, + white teeth. But what’s the best way to achieve this look? There are three main dental care products to choose from: tooth gel, toothpaste, + tooth powder. There are several brands to choose from that offer these products. Here’s more insight to help you make the best choice for your teeth!

PASTE + GEL VS. POWDER

Modern day tooth powder typically consists of baking soda + essential oils, making it a fine-powder texture that clings to the bristles of a toothbrush. Although the texture of tooth powder differs from paste + gel [they attain their texture via the inclusion of glycerin, an ingredient that was added to tooth powder in the late 1800s to create toothpaste] they all contain the same basic ingredients: a mild abrasive, flavoring agents + detergent.

Recent studies have concluded that the natural ingredients found in tooth powders are equally as effective as those found in toothpastes. However, it is inconvenient to use due to its time-consuming application + adjusting to the flavors of essential oils can be a difficult transition. Moreover, it can be difficult to purchase — the two most popular brands, Colgate + Crest, do not sell this product. That being said, there are a few brands found at Target [listed below], + it is fairly easy to make yourself.

CONTROVERSIAL CHEMICALS

SODIUM FLUORIDE

Commonly referred to just as fluoride, this ingredient is found in a plethora of toothpastes to prevent cavities + tooth decay. However, the Environmental Working Group [EWG] ranks this ingredient as a 5 on a 10 point scale, with 10 being the most harmful. This ranking is due to potential skin irritation + possible organ system toxicity.

FLAVOR

Similar to fragrances, companies list flavor as an ingredient when they want to include a combination of chemicals that the FDA will not investigate [here’s more about the importance of knowing what goes into our bodies!]. As consumers, we will never know the secretive ingredients that are included in companies’ versions of flavor, so the EWG ranks this ingredient as a 4.

HYDROGEN PEROXIDE

The European Union has classified this ingredient as toxic + harmful when used around the mouth, but the FDA does not support this assertion due to limited data. Although the science is still being developed, the EWG ranks it as a 3 to 5 [depending on how it is being used], due to possible skin irritation, potential links to cancer, + potential organ system toxicity.

SODIUM HYDROXIDE

According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessment, this ingredient is restricted in cosmetics + should have limited skin contact. This restriction, in addition to possible skin irritation + possible organ system toxicity, the EWG ranks the ingredient as a 3 to 4, depending on how it is being used.

 

BRAND BREAK DOWN FOR PASTES + GELS

Crest 3D White Radiant Mint

  • $ + Very Available
  • Sodium Fluoride, Flavor, Sodium Hydroxide

Colgate Optic White

  • $ + Very Available
  • Flavor, Hydrogen Peroxide

Tom’s Clean Mint

  • $$ + Available
  • Sodium Fluoride

Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint

  • $$ + Available
  • No controversial chemicals

Schmidt’s Wondermint

  • $$ + Available
  • No controversial chemicals v

BRAND BREAK DOWN FOR POWDERS 

Frau Fowler’s Power Mint

  • $ + Available
  • No controversial chemicals

Redmond’s Peppermint Earthpowder

  • $$ + Available
  • No controversial chemicals

My Magic Mud’s Turmeric + Cacao + Spearmint

  • $$$ + Available
  • No controversial chemicals

Earthley’s Mint

  • $$$ + Online Only
  • No controversial chemicals

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