With the health and wellness industry continuing to expand, it may be tough to know what products can really make a difference in your overall health. One of the most popular buzzing conversations these days is natural toothpaste. Is it really worth the investment? What is wrong with a good old tube of toothpaste anyways? It is no secret that synthetic toothpastes often come with unnatural chemicals. In this blog, we will break down 3 major ingredients in conventional toothpaste which may make you reconsider your purchase.
Sodium fluoride has been used for decades to strengthen and protect teeth enamel. Though some deem the amount of fluoride in conventional toothpaste safe, studies have continued to show that frequent exposure to fluoride has been linked to many health issues such as thyroid dysfunction, reproductive issues, and other hormonal imbalances. This is why almost all natural toothpastes have chosen to ditch fluoride and use natural plant-derivatives to protect enamel. In my opinion, though fluoride can be deemed “safe” in small amounts, it’s always comforting knowing there are natural options that can protect the teeth as well. If you are someone with a hormonal imbalance, I would definitely look into trying a fluoride-free toothpaste option.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
SLS is a chemical that gives your toothpaste that foamy consistency. It is a common emulsifier used in many conventional health and beauty products. It can show up on your products as several names: Sodium dodecyl sulfate, dodecyl sulfate, sodium salt, and sodium n-dodecyl sulfate. The problem with this ingredient which is widely used, comes down to its negative impact on our skin. A German study of 1,600 participants, revealed that sodium lauryl sulfate caused skin irritation in 42% of the patients. Moreover, because SLS is known to be a skin irritant, it’s used as a positive control in dermatological testing. When products are tested to see how irritating they might be, they’re compared to sodium lauryl sulfate. Someone with sensitive skin, gums, and teeth should definitely watch out for this.
- Propylene glycol
This ingredient specifically always concerns me. Propylene glycol is one of the main ingredients used in both anti-freeze and paint. It can also be found in almost all conventional toothpastes to provide a soft, smooth, and desirable texture. It is no secret that exposure to this chemical can cause major health implications. Propylene glycol has been linked to complications of the heart, liver, nervous system, and kidneys. Some also experience skin irritations and allergic reactions when exposed to this chemical.
So now what?
Well, hopefully now we have sparked some interest in why avoiding the chemicals in your conventional toothpaste may be the best option for you. There are tons of great companies out there that are using 100% natural ingredients. Some of our most trusted toothpaste options are Dr. Bronner's Spearmint Toothpaste , Weleda Salt Peppermint Toothpaste, and Green Beaver's Zesty Orange Toothpaste. Next time you purchase your toothpaste, don’t forget to take an extra moment and analyze those ingredients.
Written by Allison Sherkin, RHN, CHNC
Allison is the in-house nutritionist at House of Wellness. She is a registered holistic nutritionist with experience in weight loss, mental health, hormonal balance, and digestion. She is passionate about helping others elevate their health and truly discover their highest potential! Allison believes in products made with integrity and focuses on effective solutions to help her customers and clients.