What Is The Best Toothpaste?

My personal recommendation for the best toothpaste is at the bottom of this page… although, the best toothpaste is the one that meets your individual needs… categorically speaking, there are quite a few kinds of toothpaste… so choosing just one can be tough: Anti-cavity Anti-plaque Breath Freshening Brightening Children’s Enamel Defense Fluoride Free Maximum Strength Natural Sensitive Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) Free Strengthening Tartar Control Whitening Some of the above categories strictly exist for marketing […]

What About Fluoride in Toothpaste Should Concern Me?

The main toothpaste ingredient of concern is fluoride… first added to toothpastes in 1914; it was initially criticized by the American Dental Association (ADA) in 1937. Since 1991, the ADA began requiring that all toothpaste companies include the following words on all ADA-Accepted toothpastes: Children 2 to 6 years: Use only a pea sized amount and supervise child’s brushing and rinsing (to minimize swallowing). Children under 2 years: Ask a dentist or physician. I have […]

What About Other Ingredients in Toothpaste Should Concern Me?

Toothpastes have other ingredients that include antibacterial agents, antidrying agents, antisensitivity agents, antitartar agents, flavorants, and remineralizers. Antibacterial Agent… TRICLOSAN Triclosan is antibacterial and antifungal. While it is not known that Triclosan is a health hazard in humans, there is some controversy concerning it, as it has been found to be an endocrine disrupter (alters or interferes with the hormone system in mammals. Interestingly enough, the pineal gland is a part of the endocrine system, […]

What About Detergents in Toothpaste Should Concern Me?

Toothpaste detergents are also known as surfactants, and are mainly added as foaming agents, so as to improve cleansing effect by providing an even distribution of the toothpaste ingredients. Common toothpaste detergents include: sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)… a controversial ingredient! There is some research which shows that people with an existing gum condition called recurrent aphthous ulcers may experience more rapid healing if they use a toothpaste without SLS. TOOTHPASTE INGREDIENTS Besides water (making up […]

What About Abrasives in Toothpaste Should Concern Me?

Toothpaste abrasives (making up ~ 50%+) are insoluble particles that remove plaque, including hardened plaque (aka., calculus and tartar), thereby preventing cavities and periodontal disease (aka., gingivitis and periodontitis). Common toothpaste abrasives include: aluminum hydroxide, calcium carbonate, calcium hydrogen phosphates, silicas, zeolites, and hydroxyapatite. Sometimes white mica is used as an abrasive and also to impart a glittery shine to the toothpaste. The “polishing action” referred to by some brands of toothpaste is actually a […]

What Should I Know About Toothpaste Ingredients?

Good question… You should want to know what you are putting in your mouth! There are important reasons why the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that toothpaste be spat out and not swallowed. After reading the articles on this site, you will be able to more wisely choose which toothpastes you do and do not want to use and why. Some of the ingredients in many popular brands of toothpaste are toxic if ingested, or […]