A little while back, I posted about my trouble finding a natural toothpaste that didn’t taste terrible. I think Tom’s of Maine is gross, and I wasn’t ready to go as far as brushing with castile soap, yikes! The problem is, most of the natural toothpastes I’ve found at health food stores are not ADA-approved, I think because they don’t have fluoride. Since I have braces, I need to be extra careful with my teeth, so I kept looking at all the options and going home empty-handed.
I finally picked up a tube of The Natural Dentist in Peppermint Twist at Whole Foods, and am liking it so far! Things I like: it’s made in the USA, it doesn’t come in a box (check out the stats – toothpaste in boxes contributes more than 28 million pounds of packaging to the waste stream, yikes!), they print with soy ink and their products are cruelty-free. The company also believes in sustainable agriculture. They use no alcohol, petroleum byproducts, or artificial dyes, sweeteners or flavors. Check out their site for a description of What is Natural and their FAQS about specific ingredients. They even have a kids sparkle toothpaste with naturally-occurring mica! Per the company website, Fluoride is the only cavity-prevention ingredient recognized by both the American Dental Association and the FDA. So for now, especially with my braces, I’m sticking with it.
My only complaint would be that it isn’t super, super minty, which I am used to after years of using artificially-sweetened (blech) toothpaste. But I think I’ll get used to it, and it has a pleasant taste, nothing like other ones I’ve tried!