“Warning: Keep out of reach of children under 6 yrs. of age. If more than is used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away” (source). No, this is not a warning about something like gasoline or kerosene. Rather, it is a warning about Crest 3D White Radiant Mint Whitening Toothpaste. It’s sold in stores everywhere.
My husband had a job that required him to be away from home. The blessing was that it was close enough to home that I could stay with him overnight. One time, he had packed quite a bit of personal care items, and I was to bring the rest, along with other necessities that we needed.
I hurried off to work and went to meet him when I got off work. We enjoyed a relaxing dinner together, and when we were getting ready to retire for the night, we discovered that each of us thought that the other had packed the toothpaste. Well, neither of us had, and I was forced to make the decision to
1) Not brush my teeth before I went to bed at night or before I went to work in the morning
2) Drive several miles home to get the toothpaste OR
3) Go to Walmart, maybe a mile away, and purchase toothpaste that we had not used for a couple of years.
Option 1 would not work at all. I was too tired for option two, and it was too late. As I realized we had to choose option three, I made the dreaded visit to Walmart. Since I knew that I would use the toothpaste a maximum of two times before it went in the trash, I headed to the travel section. Why throw away more money than I had to, right?
After choosing a toothpaste that was not the cheapest, I paid for it, and headed back to where we were staying. After I brushed my teeth one time, my stomach did not feel well. I brushed them again in the morning and had a stomachache for over a day.
Let’s say that we’ve never forgotten to pack our toothpaste again after that incident, and, yes, that toothpaste from Walmart went straight into the trash can!
Sadly, this is the rule and not the exception with toothpaste. For this “reason,” there is children’s toothpaste on the market. Wait, though! The same warning appears on Crest Kids Cavity Protection Toothpaste Sparkle Fun Flavor (source).
If you are a parent, you are concerned about your children’s physical and emotional safety. Why add the stress of worrying about your child’s toothpaste?
What is the culprit here? Well, one of the culprits is fluoride.
Why should you not use fluoride? Here are some side effects of it (source):
- Bone disease
- Brain damage and lowered IQ
Nobody that you know wants any of the above health issues. In addition, it’s very important for children not to use fluoride because they easily accidentally ingest it.
Yes, if you go to the dentist, he will tell you that you and your entire family needs fluoride. You must realize, though, that he is simply telling you what he learned in school.
The evidence that fluoride is good for your teeth is simply lacking; however, the evidence that it is unhealthy for your body is plentiful. In fact, “To remain within ‘safe’ limits, you’d have to use such a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste that one tube would last you several years.” (source)
Let’s go back a step and think why you brush your teeth. It is to get rid of harmful bacteria in your mouth as well as to avoid plaque build up, which then negatively effects your heart health. In addition, your toothbrush needs to take care of your gums and keep them healthy and not bleeding.
All this can be accomplished without the use of fluoride, a very controversial toxin.
What does your toothpaste need then?
First, it needs aloe. Yes, aloe is well-known for its ability to soothe sunburns, but did you know the wonders it can do for your dental health? Go here to learn 7 benefits of aloe for you; go here to learn 9 reasons you need to consume aloe.
Aloe’s antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral properties help it to keep your mouth clean and gums healthy. Go here to read a scientific study on my favorite toothpaste (without fluoride) in comparison to Crest and Pepsodent.
In addition, bee propolis, an amazing natural remedy, helps to disinfect your mouth. These two powerful ingredients combined into one toothpaste and used consistently can give you excellent results without fluoride.
Before you go and buy the first aloe toothpaste that you see, you must remember that quality matters. You want aloe that is Barbadensis Miller (there are hundreds of varieties of ale) and has been verified to be of the highest purity by the International Aloe Science Council.
If you would like to try the toothpaste that I have used for over five years and recommend very highly, contact me here right away. Update: samples have been replenished.