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What’s in Your Toothpaste?

Did you know your toothpaste is full of things that could harm you? Unless, of course, you make it yourself. We have a recipe for that!

Is your immune system constantly low? Do you suffer from allergies, acne around the mouth, cold sores, or thyroid issues? You might want to consider the toothpaste you are using.

As the world is becoming more aware of the toxins and chemicals in our food, and how they are affecting the health and vibrancy of our bodies, it is also imperative we examine our beauty regime and the products we use. This includes the creams, soaps, scrubs, shampoos, and dental hygiene products we use. Toxic products found in everyday beauty and hygiene products get absorbed into our bloodstream wreaking havoc on our internal organs and hormones over time, in just the same way that toxins from our environment and food do. Most dental hygiene products in everyday use contain toxins that have been associated with allergic, neurological and other illnesses. Have you ever checked out the ingredients in your toothpaste or mouthwash? A typical commercial toothpaste contains ingredients which are made up of very small molecules which penetrate through the skin of the mouth, enter the blood stream, and build up in the nervous system, organs and tissues.

Hygiene clearly has very important benefits for protecting ourselves from infection. But some of the chemicals in our hygiene products (and cleaning products) may have more risks than benefits. Always read the labels, even on natural toothpaste. Question what things are and where they come from. Everything you put in your mouth and on your skin affects your health.

Toothpaste composition is dependent on the type of toothpaste and the manufacturer. Here are some of the major offenders in popular commercial toothpaste:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Sodium lauryl sulfate is a foaming agent linked to cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity. It can also cause mouth ulcer, cold sores, and skin and eye irritation.


Triclosan is a preservative and cosmetic biocide (chemical agent), also known as a pesticide, that has been linked to allergies, endocrine disruption, hormonal imbalance, and organ system toxicity.

FD&C Blue 1, D&C Yellow #10 and D&C Red #30

Synthetic dyes and artificial coloring produced from petroleum or coal tar sources and linked to tumor growth. Artificial colors have also been linked to ADD and ADHD type symptoms.


Fluoride is one of the more controversial ingredients in toothpaste. Many people concerned with their health, and that try live a conscious, natural lifestyle, opt not to use toothpaste that contains it because they believe it is toxic to the body. I suggest doing your own research on this topic so you can learn and discover such information for yourself. If you do use it, make sure to rinse well and spit it all out as fluoride is toxic if swallowed.

Hydrated Silica

This anti-caking agent bioaccumulates in people and wildlife.


This is the most common ingredient in plastic but is often found in toothpaste.


Saccharin is an artificial sweetener and petroleum-based sugar substitute that is carcinogenic.

Propylene Glycol

Propylene Glycol is used to clean up oil spills and in anti-freeze. It is a skin irritant and has been linked to hives.

Titanium dioxide

This inorganic compound used as a colorant in a range of body care products such as sunscreens and makeup, and also found in paint. It has been described as a possible human carcinogen.

Xanthan Gum

Xanthan gum is a thickener derived from a bacteria that grows on corn and wheat which can affect people with food sensitivities.

DIY Toothpaste

This easy, fluoride-free, chemical-free, recipe for dental health takes just a couple of minutes to make and will last for months. While this toothpaste is mildly abrasive and suitable for most, it’s not recommended for those with sensitive teeth.

  • ½ cup aluminum-free baking soda
  • ½ cup organic coconut oil (liquid, not solid)
  • 10–30 drops pure, organic, peppermint or spearmint essential oil
  • 1 packet stevia powder (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk vigorously to combine thoroughly. Transfer into an airtight lidded jar. Scoop it onto your toothbrush and brush as usual. Homemade toothpaste will store 6 months or longer without refrigeration.

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