Granted, the idea of toothpaste is very old. Egyptians are said to have used a toothpaste to clean their teeth as well as the ancient Romans, Greeks, Chinese and Indian. That being said their toothpaste was much different than the kind we use today. Check out the ingredients found in a tube of toothpaste and you’d be hard pressed to find things like powder of ox hooves’ ashes, burnt eggshells, pumice, crushed bones, oyster shells, powdered charcoal, and bark. No, in modern toothpaste you are more likely to see ingredients like sodium fluoride, triclosan, PEG-12 (a solvent), cocamidopropyl betaine, flavour, colour, titanium dioxide, sodium lauryl sulfate…. Do we really need all these ingredients, many of which are toxic, to help prevent plaque and cavities?
Good dental hygiene is important at preventing tooth decay. But there are alternatives to our toxic modern toothpastes. In the early 1900s people used baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to clean teeth. Have you every cleaned your teeth with baking soda? It’s gross. The Cosmetic Database has a list of best toothpaste picks. We use Weleda Children’s Tooth Gel for Monkey, and for ourselves… we are still using up the many tubes of Colgate and Crest that I have stashed away 🙂
What’s your favorite toothpaste? Would you consider switching your toothpaste for a less toxic alternative?