Since switching to clean beauty the first product I switched was my deodorant, then my toothpaste. At first, I used the Arbonne Pure Mint and now I’ve done the Dr. Bronner’s All-One organic toothpaste switch. I wanted to try a different brand that was more accessible to purchase at a local retailer. By now, I’m certain you’ve heard of Dr. Bronner ‘s products if you’re a clean beauty, green beauty maven. In case you haven’t, for starters it’s the brand with the iconic labelling of dense text filled including information about the brand’s philosophy, ingredients, and the multi-purpose use for the product.
Oral health is your overall health. Regular toothpaste contains fluoride and studies have shown that long term use of fluoride has been linked to numerous heath concerns such as cancer. Fluoride has been associated with various muscular and neurological dysfunctions along with being an endocrine (hormone) disruptor. The marketed benefits of fluoride in toothpaste is said to help protect and prevent cavities, tooth decay along with plaque, and gum disease which is true. However, fluoride is a toxic waste product of copper, aluminum and iron manufacturing when it was discovered that it could eliminate tooth decay. Overconsumption, or use of fluoride may cause discoloration of the teeth and aluminum absorption in the brain which has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
There are alternatives like Dr. Bronner’s All-One Organic Toothpaste Switch. It’s fluoride free and contains 70% organic ingredients. What I appreciate most about this toothpaste is that it’s formulated with no SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), no artificial flavours, colours, preservatives, or sweeteners. It’s bland to taste yet refreshing when brushing. It doesn’t have that intense and overbearing mint taste. It’s very subtle to your taste buds. With continuous use you will get used to it as it doesn’t contain SLS, meaning it doesn’t foam like regular toothpaste.
The Dr. Bronner brand was created by Dr. Emanuel Bronner in the late 1940’s who started making homemade soaps with the purpose to promote world peace. Though soap making was a tradition in the Bronner family for generations since 1858. The philosophy and dedication to making the world a better place came about when Emanuel lost his parents to the Holocaust in the 1930’s.
Dr Bronner’s products are certified fair trade and organic. Many of the ingredients are sourced from countries such as, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Palestine and Israel. They include coconut oil, olive oil, and palm oil to name a few.
The list of ingredients in the toothpaste are:
Organic Glycerin, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrated Silica, Calcium Carbonate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Potassium Cocoate (made with Organic Coconut Oil*), Organic Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Organic Mentha Arvensis (Menthol) Crystals, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Flour*, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Organic Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf / Stem Extract
Benefits: The key ingredient benefits are the Aloe Barbadenis Leaf Juice which helps to control and eliminate bacteria growth. The Sodium Bicarbonate also known as baking soda helps to deodorize, clean, brighten and remove plaque build-up. Peppermint Oil has antibacterial and pain-relieving properties and provides a refreshing flavour. Lastly, coconut oil is antibacterial and it’s effective in fighting against cavity-causing bacteria which works as a natural substitute for fluoride.
Hopefully this convince you to make the switch now or potentially in the near future. You may also try to make your own toothpaste at home, if you have the key ingredients in your cabinetry – aloe, baking soda, coconut oil, and a flavoured essential will do it.