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Which Toothpaste?

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Created March 13, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Looking for something natural to use. I'm about to try one from Tropical Traditions which contains coconut oil.

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on April 29, 2013
at 05:00 AM

Vicco does not give a detailed list of ingredients. I checked with their factory - no one could conclusively answers that it is glycerin free.

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on January 05, 2012
at 03:34 PM

I use soap! works great!

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on August 30, 2011
at 08:44 PM

Isn't vegetable glycerin one of the things to avoid b/c it coats the teeth and prevents remineralization? And Sodium Lauryl Sulfate isn't good either, it's a harsh chemical detergent, but it's good that it is at the bottom of the ingredients list. In "normal" toothpaste it is usually the first ingredient.

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on November 10, 2010
at 02:12 PM

Suzan, have you been to the dentist recently? I'm switching to baking soda based dental powder and wondering about your success?

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(55)

on July 19, 2010
at 05:29 AM

Do you premix the coconut oil and baking soda?

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on July 16, 2010
at 04:10 PM

I wet my toothbrush, dip slighty into baking soda so only 1/3 of the brush head is covered with baking soda, then add a couple drops of coconut oil. No sticky mess. :-)

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

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on July 16, 2010
at 04:08 PM

I've tried this, but don't like the soap taste.

35deb6722604c868c610088a6d8ce09e

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on July 03, 2010
at 10:04 PM

I might have to try this when I buy my new bottle. Sometimes I get intimidated by the crazy label :)

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on May 15, 2010
at 01:26 PM

You can balance I guess and use natural toothpaste in the morning and unnatural at night. Last time I went to the dentist he was pleased.

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on May 11, 2010
at 10:03 AM

I tried this, but it seemed only to yield a horrendous sticky mess in my mouth. Am I doing something wrong?

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on March 14, 2010
at 12:59 PM

I don't pre-mix. I put a dab of coconut oil on the toothbrush (I use a Radius) and shake a little baking soda over the co. http://www.iherb.com/Radius-Scuba-Toothbrush-Soft-Right-1-Toothbrush/12129?at=0

5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

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on March 14, 2010
at 04:06 AM

How do you go about using this combo? Pre-mix? Proportions? Thanks.

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on March 13, 2010
at 07:25 PM

I had the same experience with Peelu toothpaste. Lots of plaque build up and turned my teeth brownish. First cavity in 15 years. The trade off was really clean breath. I was absolutely amazed to wake up and have no morning breath. Plus, my breath was fresh through the day. Contrast that with any other toothpaste and there is no comparison on the malodor control.

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on March 13, 2010
at 06:26 PM

I use Miessence mint toothpaste, it is the only one I have found that not only has no fluoride but contains no glycerin or silicate either. It comes in lemon and anise flavors too, I think they all taste good, very intense but not sugary, they do not sud up greatly but all rinse off extremely well. The toothpaste's main ingredient is aloe vera juice and bicarbonate of soda and it contains essential oils, which make it taste pleasant. I have been using it for 3 years and I am very happy with it.

Failing this, use a tooth soap, this is the original. I have not seen much difference between the couple of brands I have tried. It feels weird using it to start with, but after a while feels fine - again, there is not much sudding and it rinses really clean. Here is an (anecdotal) article on tooth soap. I have not yet read any clinical trials testing the fact that it helps re-enamelize teeth, but I have read anecdotal evidence for it.

BTW: Watch out for brands which have no fluoride but still contain preservatives, silicate, glycerins and sweeteners, like mannitol and sorbitol, also steer clear of ones containing Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (i.e. Tom's of Maine); many that are for sale in health food shops look 'healthy' but I wouldn't use them and esp. would not give them to my children.

I cannot find a complete ingredient list for Tropical Traditions on the net, though it seems to be based on coconut oil and bicarb. of soda. if these are the only ingredients, plus essential oils (I assume), then this brand looks OK.

If you want to save money, just use plain old bicarbonate of soda or Green Clay (Argile/Montmorillonite); wet your toothbrush, dip it in the powder then brush.

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Be4b60059db3511771303de1613ecb67

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on March 13, 2010
at 07:13 PM

I've recently switched to baking soda and coconut oil. Works well.

5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

(2764)

on March 14, 2010
at 04:06 AM

How do you go about using this combo? Pre-mix? Proportions? Thanks.

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on July 16, 2010
at 04:10 PM

I wet my toothbrush, dip slighty into baking soda so only 1/3 of the brush head is covered with baking soda, then add a couple drops of coconut oil. No sticky mess. :-)

Be4b60059db3511771303de1613ecb67

(1137)

on March 14, 2010
at 12:59 PM

I don't pre-mix. I put a dab of coconut oil on the toothbrush (I use a Radius) and shake a little baking soda over the co. http://www.iherb.com/Radius-Scuba-Toothbrush-Soft-Right-1-Toothbrush/12129?at=0

1c4ada15ca0635582c77dbd9b1317dbf

(2614)

on May 11, 2010
at 10:03 AM

I tried this, but it seemed only to yield a horrendous sticky mess in my mouth. Am I doing something wrong?

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on November 10, 2010
at 02:12 PM

Suzan, have you been to the dentist recently? I'm switching to baking soda based dental powder and wondering about your success?

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on July 16, 2010
at 06:46 PM

i use plain old liquid dr. bronnor's too. Peppermint flavor. You really only need two small drops and youre good. Maybe once a month or a bit more you can do a baking soda scrub to kind of be a surfactant, too.

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on May 17, 2010
at 05:53 PM

Dr. Bronner's FAQ lists toothbrushing, although I haven't tried it yet.

"For toothbrushing, apply a drop or two of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap to a wet toothbrush. Brush as you normally would, rinsing accordingly. Be careful about using more than a couple drops of soap, as you might start foaming at the mouth. Many people with sensitive or softer teeth like to use our soap as a toothpaste because it lacks abrasives."

ETA: INGREDIENTS: Water, Saponified Organic Coconut*, Organic Palm* and Organic Olive* Oils (w/Retained Glycerin), Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Essential Oils**, Citric Acid, Vitamin E

  • FAIR TRADE Ingredients

35deb6722604c868c610088a6d8ce09e

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on July 03, 2010
at 10:04 PM

I might have to try this when I buy my new bottle. Sometimes I get intimidated by the crazy label :)

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

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on July 16, 2010
at 04:08 PM

I've tried this, but don't like the soap taste.

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on January 05, 2012
at 03:34 PM

I use soap! works great!

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on July 16, 2010
at 03:31 PM

I'll second Suzan's suggestion.

In addition to going "poo" and soap free about two months ago (I'm using the Oil Cleansing Method on my face), I'm also using baking soda mixed with hydrogen peroxide and a bit of peppermint oil to brush my teeth. In the mornings, I oil pull with coconut oil. It definitely doesn't taste the same as the "minty-fresh" toothpaste I'm used to, but it seems to be working just fine. My teeth feel clean, (I think they may even be a bit whiter) and my husband says my breath is great. :)

And SO much cheaper than so-called "natural" toothpastes.

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on May 14, 2010
at 05:28 PM

I asked my dentist which fluoride-free toothpaste he recommended, since all the tubes I found contained phyto-estrogens (anise oil, spearmint), and I don't want to be introducing those into my body 2-3x/day. He said either use a bar of soap, or just brush without anything on the toothbrush.

Then again, he gets paid more if my teeth decay more, so who knows... I'm sort of joking about this, but I haven't done what he recommended yet either.

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on March 13, 2010
at 10:06 PM

I haven't tried it yet, but Trader Joe's sells a fluoride- and SLS-free toothpaste under its own label for only $2. Might be a good option for the budget-minded, as I've noticed many "safe" toothpastes aren't all that cheap.

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on March 13, 2010
at 06:24 PM

Just a warning. I switched to Toms of Main natural toothpaste and I got bad plaque for the first time in my life. My dentist got it off but I can tell he was pissed at all the extra effort. This was just when I had dropped grains though and hadnt yet gone fully Paleo. People on this board mention that Paleo helps/stops plaque. Still thought I should pass along that heads-up(most people would have had a cavity from that, Im lucky that I have really thick enamel and dont get cavities).

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on May 15, 2010
at 01:26 PM

You can balance I guess and use natural toothpaste in the morning and unnatural at night. Last time I went to the dentist he was pleased.

0637289bb4a0ab314d80fa4de627d395

(1015)

on March 13, 2010
at 07:25 PM

I had the same experience with Peelu toothpaste. Lots of plaque build up and turned my teeth brownish. First cavity in 15 years. The trade off was really clean breath. I was absolutely amazed to wake up and have no morning breath. Plus, my breath was fresh through the day. Contrast that with any other toothpaste and there is no comparison on the malodor control.

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on March 13, 2010
at 06:22 PM

I just began using Vicco toothpaste about 3 weeks ago. The Vicco toothpaste has no glycerin or fluoride. I decided to switch from the standard brands because of what I read about glycerin leaving a coating on your teeth and affecting re-enamelization. I have no idea how accurate the allegation against glycerin is, but I figured it was worth a shot to see if I noticed a difference. I have nice white straight teeth, but I had been noticing that they had some lines on them, especially the front two, that looked like they were becoming more transparent. This transparency is usually attributed to decreasing enamel from what I read by googling. After three weeks of the new toothpaste, the transparent lines are almost completely gone. I'm very happy I switched. The Vicco toothpaste doesn't taste as sweet or as minty as the standard brands, but it's not bad tasting at all. It has almost the same consistency, despite the lack of glycerin.

A089b683ee0498f2b21b7edfa300e405

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on April 29, 2013
at 05:00 AM

Vicco does not give a detailed list of ingredients. I checked with their factory - no one could conclusively answers that it is glycerin free.

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on August 02, 2013
at 02:00 AM

Glycerine coats your teeth so they do not remineralize .... Xylitol sugar is great for teeth and natural and whitening

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on June 02, 2012
at 01:20 AM

I've been using Tropical Traditions toothpaste. I love their products and really thought I had a good find with the toothpaste but my teeth turned transparent and sometimes looked like they had purplish or brownish areas on them. I could scrape the discoloration off with some major effort, but the transparency remained until I stopped using it. I'm very disapointed. I think I will try Dr. Bronner's soap next.

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on July 16, 2010
at 04:07 PM

Just had a dentist appointment last week. Dentist said I'm doing a great job and continue what I'm doing and remember to floss daily and use a flouride toothpaste. I didn't tell him that sometimes I only brush when my teeth are feeling "icky" (sometimes I'll skip a day) and more and more it's with baking soda and coconut oil and not toothpaste.

My hubby kind of went "eeoow" when I came to bed without brushing and I bet him that my morning breath won't be any worse than his. Guess what his was way worse! He couldn't even smell an odor on mine. Ha! Maybe it's the antimicrobial properties of coconut oil and odor fighting properties of baking soda.

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on July 19, 2010
at 05:29 AM

Do you premix the coconut oil and baking soda?

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11db3c833e062fa16d0c45db2e9496c6

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on July 16, 2010
at 12:54 PM

I was at the organic store and they had a load of toothpastes. I eventually bought Desert Essence Natural Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste with Baking Soda & Essential Oil of Mint.

The ingredients are:

Calcium Carbonate, Vegetable Glycerin, Deionized Water, Eco-Harvest Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Oil, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sea Salt. 100% Vegan.

It's also Fluoride Free and is made in the USA.

Anyone see anything I should be worried about in there?

I tried the coconut oil/baking soda combo, but my teeth didn't really feel very clean and my mouth tasted like I had just had lunch!

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on August 30, 2011
at 08:44 PM

Isn't vegetable glycerin one of the things to avoid b/c it coats the teeth and prevents remineralization? And Sodium Lauryl Sulfate isn't good either, it's a harsh chemical detergent, but it's good that it is at the bottom of the ingredients list. In "normal" toothpaste it is usually the first ingredient.

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on May 15, 2010
at 08:16 AM

I use a natural, no-glycerin-added, soap. The one I'm using now is mint-chocolate. Smells good, but not much taste -- not unpleasant. I love that a $5 bar of soap, handmade locally, lasts my family a good 6 months. We combine and/or alternate with baking soda. I now find the usual mint flavour of regular toothpaste to be way too strong, and won't switch back.

I also learned my dentist offers baking soda cleanings. It's a bit messy but feels fantastic afterward.

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on March 13, 2010
at 04:58 PM

How about ivory soap?

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