Zero waste natural toothpastes are better for the planet, and for you. The best way to look after your teeth is simply to eat less sugar (and drink less soda, including diet), eat well, brush your teeth and visit the dentist for regular check-ups. Use these toothpastes with a zero waste toothbrush.
Holistic dentists usually don’t recommend fluoride (unless applied topically for certain conditions) as too much causes mottled teeth and sometimes bone cancer (a tiny amount can kill a child). It’s usually made from phosphate fertiliser. Ireland has added fluoride to water for decades, with no effect. Read Holistic Dental Care and It’s All In Your Mouth.
Avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing. If you live with pets, avoid ‘natural toothpastes’ sweetened with xylitol as it’s lethal (licking your mouth or the sink can be lethal, it’s also found in muffin crumbs and discarded gum). Good toothpastes use natural sweeteners like fruit or stevia. Reports say some koalas have been harmed during some eucalyptus harvests, so avoid this flavour for now.
Georganics (also sold at Natural Collection) is sold in little glass jars (with bamboo spatulas). It also offers tooth soap (use with a wet toothbrush) and tooth tablets. Choose from Peppermint, Spearmint, Tea Tree & Orange, and Activated Charcoal (whitening). Gum is not xylitol-free.
Natural Children’s Toothpaste
Young children don’t need toothpaste, check with your dentist on when to start. Georganics Orange Toothpaste is good. Or to avoid glass jars, Green People has fruit and spearmint flavours (you’ll have to recycle the plastic tube).