I forgot to buy kids toothpaste and I go through the stuff like water with at least 2 kids who like to squirt it on mirrors, toilets, light switches….you name it. This is a problem because they won’t use my neem and licorice root toothpaste…they say it is too hot for them AND they won’t use homemade either. So……when my kids and I were at Kroger I gave in to their request for some of that sugary, rainbow colored toothpaste that is for kids. I had a knot in my stomach but I said yes and when I got home to check the ingredients I could have slapped myself.
The Makings of Toxic Toothpaste: Aquafresh Bubble Mint
D&C red dye #30 and FD&C blue #1 lake – There is nothing like crude oil in your kids toothpaste right? Well these dyes are derived from petroleum or coal tar. Over several decades of use, some of these synthetic dyes have come under greater scientific and government scrutiny due to their carcinogenic and mutagenic activity. Because of this, they are still referred to in the industry as coal tar dyes, according to the FDA. Remember red dye #2 or as it was called before it was banned, the dye of death? I guess red dye #30 is perfectly safe though right? NOT!
Some studies indicate that FD & C Blue Dyes 1 & 2 can trigger a wide number of behavioral, learning, and health problems. FD&C color dyes may also cause potentially severe allergic reactions, asthma attacks, headaches, nausea, lack of concentration, and cancer.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – This is the ingredient that gives toothpaste (and TONS of other personal care products) their foaming ability. This same stuff is widely used to degrease cars too. Even more scary is that when companies have healing cremes or products they need to test on irritated skin, SLS is the irritant they choose to rub on the skin of humans and animals to see if they then “heal” it with their new product.
The journal of the American College of Toxicology reports that SLS can penetrate and be retained in the eye, brain, heart, and liver with potentially harmful long-term effects.
Flouride – This is not the beneficial additive that it is touted to be. In fact Dr. Mercola has stated that there is enough fluoride in a typical toothpaste tube to kill two small children if they consumed the whole tube at once. Since typical toothpaste for kids tastes like candy this is not hard to see happening either.
Also according to the Fluoride Action Network, no disease has ever been linked to a fluoride deficiency. Humans can have perfectly good teeth without fluoride. See 50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoride.
Now we all tell our kids not to swallow the toothpaste but they contain very small molecules that may penetrate through the mucous membranes in the mouth, enter the blood stream, and build up in the liver, kidneys, heart, lungs, and tissues.
I decided to list some healthier alternatives below. Now these have some flaws too ( I am pretty sure these have SLS) but they are much better than what I mentioned above. ;)
Weleda Toothpaste, Children’s Tooth Gel – Does not contain fluoride, detergents, synthetic fragrances, colors, and preservatives. Ingredients include: glycerin, water, hydrated silica, calendula officinalis flower extract, algin, foeniculum vulgare (fennel) oil, mentha viridis (spearmint) oil, esculin.
Tom’s of Main Silly Strawberry – Uses calcium and silica to gently clean. Does not contain saccharin, artificial sweeteners, preservatives and kids love the taste.
For SLS free you can try:
Enamel Saver it is designed for kids and has no SLS.
Natural dentist kids sparkle berry blast – A great toothpaste.
OR make your own:
2 tablespoons baking soda
1/8 teaspoon white stevia powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
Blend the ingredients in a small glass jar. Scoop on a dampened toothbrush and brush as usual.
Friday, August 24th, 2007