7 Natural Toothpastes That Work Just As Well As The Stuff With Chemicals

You can keep your smile bright with nature’s best ingredients.

October 6, 2016

Most days, you probably don’t give your toothpaste a second thought. But maybe it’s time to start paying closer attention to some of the more questionable ingredients in your average toothpaste—artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors, irritating foaming agents such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), and artificial preservatives like BHT, to name a few. (Read up on the 4 toothpaste ingredients you should avoid at all costs.) Plus, if you’re trying to live more organically, switching out your toothpaste is an easy step that requires almost no effort.

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But first, a note of fluoride: Many natural toothpastes don’t include fluoride, a mineral typically used in toothpaste to prevent cavities and tooth decay. In the last few decades, fluoride has become highly controversial because some scientific research has shown a correlation between ingesting high amounts of the mineral and diminished IQ in children in China and hypothyroidism. However, the controversy over fluoride is really about whether or not it should be added to public water supplies, not toothpaste. Fluoride only becomes a potential threat when you ingest high amounts of it, and the tiny amount that you may end up swallowing in your toothpaste is not considered hazardous. (Municipalities began adding fluoride to the public water supply after World War II when researchers noticed that people who lived in areas with high levels of naturally-occurring fluoride in the groundwater had fewer cases of tooth decay.) Using fluoride topically, such as in toothpaste or mouthwash, is safe and has been proven beneficial through more than 50 years worth of research.  

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Dr. Brite Activated Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste

This dentist-created toothpaste features 100 percent natural ingredients, some of them organic. It gets its whitening power from activated bamboo charcoal and uses coconut oil’s antimicrobial properties to fight bacteria in the mouth. Added vitamin C helps to improves gum health, too.

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Jason Nutrismile Orange, Cinnamon, and Mint

This is a great option if you’re looking for a toothpaste that’s free of SLS, artificial preservatives, and added colors and sweeteners, but you still want to keep the fluoride for cavity protection. It isn’t sweet like the commercial toothpastes you’re probably used to, but it has a light, pleasant taste, and will leave your mouth feeling clean. 

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Dr. Bronner’s All-One Toothpaste

Dr. Bronner’s comes in three great flavors, all made with 70 percent organic ingredients. Baking soda scrubs off plaque and whitens teeth for a pearly smile.

Related: 10 Tooth-Whitening Myths You Keep Buying Into

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If you like to keep things simple, Earthpaste may be for you. It only has five ingredients: redmond clay, water, xylitol, salt, and essential oils. The clay serves to polish teeth, while essential oils offer antimicrobial properties that fight bad breath.

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David’s Natural Toothpaste

If you feel like your teeth just don't feel clean without some foaming action, try David’s Natural. It uses Sodium Cocyl Glutamate, which is derived from coconut oil, as a mild alternative to SLS. Plus, all of the ingredients are sourced from the USA, and we love that the tube is recyclable.

Related: 12 Things Your Dentist Knows About You Just By Looking In Your Mouth

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Marvelous Tooth Care Peppermint And Charcoal Brightening Toothpaste

This paste is handcrafted by artisans and features activated charcoal derived from coconuts, which strips away stains and plaque to whiten teeth. The consistency may not be what you’re used to, but we think you’ll be a fan once you start using it. 

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The Honest Company Toothpaste

This is one of the more widely available natural pastes—you should be able to pick it up at national retailers like Target. It uses ingredients derived from botanicals, including some that are organic, and is fortified with calcium to help strengthen tooth enamel.