You wouldn't put body wash containing Triclosan and Sulfates on your skin, so would you put it in your mouth?! Many people don't realise that mainstream toothpastes are often actually full of nasty ingredients too, including artificial sweeteners, dyes, colours and foaming agents. These sorts of additives can aggravate mouth ulcers and cold sores, irritating extra sensitive areas of the mouth and causing even more discomfort.1 There are endless vegan, gluten free and all-natural formulas available to suit the tastes of the whole family and provide effective cleaning power, so you'll never need to touch mainstream toothpaste again.
What's different about natural toothpaste?
You know that warning on toothpaste packaging which says not to swallow the paste? In 1997, the US FDA put a warning on all products containing fluoride, because children especially can be negatively affected if too much is ingested - too much fluoride can cause tooth discolouration and darkening on delicate young teeth.2 Mainstream toothpastes can often contain toxic ingredients which are dangerous to ingest. For something that goes in your mouth, and is often swallowed by kids, you want a natural option! Natural toothpastes contain pure herbal and plant-based ingredients and gentle abrasives to give you the same level of cleaning power and protection against tooth decay, without the risky ingredients.
How effective is natural toothpaste?
Natural toothpastes contain natural teeth cleaning ingredients such as Binchotan Charcoal and Bicarb Soda to help remove build up, without needing extra chemicals or sulfates. Soothing ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Vegetable Glycerin and Chamomile provide soothing relief for sore or irritated teeth and gums. Flavoured with natural essential oils and herbal flavourings, there's something to suit everyone's tastes, no matter how fussy. These natural toothpastes are all top-rated with 3.5 or more stars based on your comments!
Which natural toothpastes do I recommend?
Grants Orange Cinnamon with Neem Oil Toothpaste
The Grants Orange Cinnamon with Neem Oil Toothpaste makes a great zesty change from mint or menthol blends. It contains extracts of Aloe Vera, Xylitol from tree bark and unique Neem Oil which can help promote healthy gums.
Riddells Creek Certified Organic Toothpaste Herbal
The Riddells Creek Herbal Toothpaste has a fresh, natural flavour and cleans the teeth and freshens the breath using a combination of natural herbal extracts of Peppermint, Parsley, Thyme, Rosemary and Sage. With a unique soft consistency in a base of Aloe Vera, this gentle formula is Vegan and Australian Made.
My Magic Mud Whitening Toothpaste
The My Magic Mud Whitening Toothpaste is an all-in-one whitening, polishing and deep cleansing toothpaste which works without the harsh abrasives and foaming ingredients that regular toothpastes are made from. This refreshing, minty formula has a unique dark colour thanks to food grade Activated Coconut Shell Charcoal, and also contains Diatomaceous Earth and Bentonite Clay to gently remove plaque and remineralise teeth.
Dr Brite Vitamin C Infused Whitening Toothpaste
A unique formulation, the Dr Brite Vitamin-C Infused Whitening Toothpaste combines Activated White Binchotan Charcoal, Organic Coconut Oil and Vitamin C to help whiten teeth, remove plaque and promote healthy gums. This vegan and gluten free paste also contains Spearmint extract to fresh breath, and is a great alternative to messy dark-coloured charcoal whiteners.
Grants Fresh Mint Toothpaste
The Grants Fresh Mint With Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste is a strong mint natural toothpaste which helps to reduce bacteria and inflammation caused by gingivitis. This refreshing Australian made paste also contains Magnesium and Calcium to promote strong, healthy teeth and gums as well as naturally antibacterial Tea Tree Oil.
Dr Bronner's All in One Toothpaste
The traditional Peppermint flavour of the Dr Bronner's All-One Toothpaste Peppermint leaves your teeth, gums and tongue feeling clean and fresh, helping to reduce plaque build up and whiten teeth thanks to the gentle abrasiveness of Bicarb Soda. This soothing, low-foaming formula also contains Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil to provide calming relief from any inflammation, and is produced in an environmentally friendly process which leaves wildlife and their habitats untouched.
Riddells Creek Organic Toothpaste Mint
The delicious Riddells Creek Organic Mint Toothpaste contains fresh Organic Peppermint and Sodium Bicarbonate to clean and whiten teeth while keeping your whole mouth fresh. With a rejuvenating blend of Peppermint, Aloe Vera, Parsley, Thyme, Rosemary and Sage, this soft, mousse-like paste also contains soothing Coconut and Olive Oils as well as Almond and Vanilla Extracts for added taste.
Comvita Gentle Toothpaste
With a mild, great tasting flavour, the Comvita Gentle Toothpaste is ideal for those with sensitive teeth. This gentle formula has been designed especially for those with tooth sensitivities as well as sufferers of dry mouth. Betaine (from sugar beets) provides moisturising benefits, while extracts of Peppermint, Chamomile and Spearmint work to freshen breath, promote healthy gums and teeth and may help reduce irritation and inflammation.
Grants Mild Mint with Aloe Vera Toothpaste
Ideal as a transition toothpaste, the Grants Mild Mint with Aloe Vera Toothpaste has a mild mint taste that gently cleans teeth, promotes healthy gums and leaves your mouth feeling fresh. Containing the healing benefits of Organic Aloe and natural herbs, this effective toothpaste is great for anyone with sensitive teeth, gums and mouth ulcers, and can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Weleda Plant Gel Toothpaste
With a base of vegetable Glycerin and Water, the Weleda Plant Gel Toothpaste is perfect for soothing sensitive gums and teeth. Natural Silica, Ratanhia, Peppermint and Spearmint give this gentle gel a sweet, minty yet herbal flavour. The soft texture and vegan and gluten free formula suits anyone with inflamed gums, and can provide a soothing relief from soreness and inflammation.
Grants Blueberry Burst Kids Natural Toothpaste
The Grants Blueberry Burst Kids Natural Toothpaste is formulated with essential tooth cleaning ingredients such as Calcium and Phosphate Salts to maintain children's oral health, yet has a delicious blueberry flavour that kids absolutely love! This gentle formula also contains Xylitol, which helps to slow the growth of cavity-causing bacteria. Free from ingredients such as fluoride, SLS or parabens, this Australian made, vegan and gluten free formula makes brushing teeth a breeze!
Little Innoscents Milky Whites Organic Toothpaste
The Little Innoscents Milky Whites Organic Toothpaste has a scrumptious mint and strawberry taste and scent. This Certified Organic, vegan and gluten free formula keeps little ones' teeth gleaming white thanks to the purifying power of Aloe Vera, Glycerin, Calcium and Bicarb Soda, leaving a refreshing flavour behind and ensuring strong, healthy teeth and gums.
Jack n' Jill Toothpaste Raspberry
With a 5-star rating, the Jack n' Jill Raspberry Toothpaste makes teeth brushing fun for kids, with a delicious, Certified Organic fruity Raspberry flavour. Gentle ingredients such as Xylitol, Vegetable Glycerin and Calendula help to soothe gums and fight tooth decay. This fruity paste is ideal for fussy little ones who can't stand the taste of mint.
Life Basics Bamboo and Charcoal Toothbrush
The perfect complement to a natural, hardworking toothpaste, the Life Basics Bamboo and Charcoal Toothbrushes are infused with Activated Binchotan Charcoal to double your whitening and brightening power. Binchotan is known for its natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, as well as its ability to adsorb chemicals from tap water, while Bamboo is one of the world's most sustainable natural materials. Available in soft bristle for sensitive teeth, regular medium bristle, or kids size, this toothbrush is 100% biodegradable.
Noosa Basics Dental Floss with Activated Charcoal Spearmint
Vegan and Australian made, the Noosa Basics Dental Floss with Activated Charcoal is made from Bamboo Charcoal filament coated with plant based wax and Coconut Oil. Infused with natural herbal extracts of Spearmint, Myrrh, Clove and Manuka, this refreshing natural floss helps to purify the teeth and gums, removing plaque and absorbing impurities.
Sources: 1ABC News, 2Dr Brite.