Taking care of your teeth is a part of an everyday beauty routine. The toothpaste and other products you are using may contain chemicals that you are not aware of.
Have you ever heard of
acid taurate, carboxymethylcellulose, hydroxymethylcellulose or trisodium phosphate?
Those are just some of the active ingredients found in most toothpaste brands. If we cannot even pronounce most of the ingredients, then why are we putting them in sensitive areas of our bodies?
While brushing your teeth, the chemicals in these dangerous concoctions are easing into areas where substances can rapidly absorb into your bloodstream.
The best way to avoid such hazards is to not use them. Go natural and organic; GO GREEN!
Instead of going with products that can potentially poison your system, go with products that use natural abrasives for whitening and botanicals to help you clean your teeth.
The 'greenest' option is to make your own. For basic toothpaste, you'll need:
- baking soda
(available at pharmacies or craft stores. It's an oil used to make mild soap.)
If you want to add flavor, very small amounts of peppermint oil, oil of cinnamon or oil of cloves are best.
Mix three parts of baking soda for every one part of salt until you have about ¼ cup mixture. Add three tablespoons of glycerine. Then add enough water to make a thick paste.
Store the extra toothpaste in an airtight container and voilą! Homemade toothpaste.
If you don't want to make your own, then try these brands:
Toms of Maine - It's made with less toxic ingredients, comes in aluminum tubes that can be recycled. It does not contain saccharin, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colors or flavors.
Jason Healthy Mouth - Fluoride-free, certified organic and promotes healthy teeth and gums. It also comes in many natural flavors and no animal testing.
Kiss My Face Whitening Toothpaste - Fluoride-free, certified organic and "a naturally whiter smile guaranteed."