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Toothpaste Turmoil

Toothpaste Turmoil

Find yourself standing perplexed in the middle of the toothpaste aisle, trying to find brands that don’t contain harmful chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)? Jot down the following guidelines before you return to the store.

Got sensitive teeth?
Look for alkalizing agents such as baking soda, Co-Q10, and aloe vera, which reduce inflammation in the mouth and soothe irritated gums.
Avoid SLS, which can dry out your mouth and may cause canker sores, says Harold Katz, DDS. Also steer clear of sugar (marked on the ingredients label as sucrose or glucose) and alcohol.
We like SLS-free Natural Sensitive Care from Tom’s of Maine, which uses potassium nitrate and aloe to soothe sensitive teeth and gums. $5.99, 4 oz.

Want a brighter smile?
Look for natural abrasives made from peelu or diatomaceous earth (soft sediment), which will gently remove stains without harming tooth enamel.
Avoid hydrogen peroxide and glycerin, which are drying and can lead to tooth sensitivity. Also stay away from harsh abrasives, such as sand, chalk, or alumina.
We like Peelu toothpaste which uses the natural fibers of the Indian peelu tree to safely brighten your smile. $5, 7 oz.

Need extra tartar control?
Look for xylitol. This natural sugar fights and even heals developing cavities by stopping the growth of the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Also look for Co-Q10, which has been shown to heal and prevent gingivitis, as well as gum-soothing aloe.
Avoid fluoride, a common ingredient in tartar control and cavity-fighting toothpastes. Once you’re 25, fluoride no longer strengthens enamel, says Katz.
We like Kiss My Face Tartar Control. Combining xylitol, Co-Q10, aloe, and olive-leaf extract, this toothpaste helps prevent cavities while boosting your whole-mouth health. $5.99, 4.3 oz.

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2:42AM PDT on May 15, 2013

Thanks for info

10:11PM PST on Nov 30, 2012

Emily D. That's incredible. And what a unique combination. I would never have thought in terms of organic oils. Very interesting.

10:08PM PST on Nov 30, 2012

No fluoride for me I can only use a tooth paste that is fluoride free and one fantastic brand can be found at most health food stores is called Xlywhite. It comes in a gel formula and two flavors spearmint or cinnamon...I don't like anything with mint in it and love everything with cinnamon in it. So the choice was easy for me and it taste really good too!

10:42AM PST on Nov 27, 2012

Thanks for the info.

2:19AM PST on Nov 27, 2012

thanks for sharing

1:13PM PST on Nov 26, 2012

Thanks Mel.

10:04PM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

I make homemade toothpaste by putting a little bit of organic coconut oil on my toothbrush and then a couple drops of tea tree oil on top. Works wonderful and is 100% natural!! I have NEVER had a cavity in my whole life!!

1:24PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

The best toothpaste on the market bar none for sensitive teeth is colgate sensitive pro health. Comes in consumer strength as well as dentist strength to be applied in office. It is SLS free and works amazingly well. I am very familiar with this product as it was devleoped by a professor from my dental school.

Marielaina Perrone DDS

10:16AM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

Try the line of dental products by Nature's Answer. This includes the toothpaste "PerioBrite" and the alcohol-free mouthwash "PerioWash". NO FLOURIDE. NO SYNTHETIC SOLVENTS. NO SODIUM-LAURYL-SULFATE. NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS. NO ARTIFICIAL PRESERVATIVES. The toothpaste is also great for sensitive teeth and dry mouth relief and only contains a HOST of REAL health promoting natural ingredients, including Co-Enzyme Q10 (great for gums and heart). Look it up and try it!! I've been using these products for years now and have not "missed" Flouride or any of the other regular toothpaste CRAP ingredients one bit. Dental checkups reflect my teeth have been fine without toxic flouride! Enjoy the benefits of truly promoting your overall health everytime you brush your teeth. It tastes great too!

Re "Tom's": "Natural" product companies aren't "natural" if they think it's OK to produce and sell flouride containing toothpastes. I used to purchase "Tom's" products but stopped for this reason and concern over certain ingredients in some of their other hygiene related products.

10:18AM PDT on Jun 17, 2010


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