Up like the sun, down like the rain (Day 39)…

toothpaste

… back and forth like a choo-choo train. Did your dentist ever teach you that rhyme to make sure you brushed properly? Mine did, and I think I might need to do this extra carefully now that I’m abandoning fluoride and switching over to an all-natural toothpaste. I wrote a post a while ago asking readers what they thought about fluoride — whether it’s really as evil as the hippies tell me it is — and received mixed responses. So I decided I’d just try some without it, and see if my teeth turn black and/or fall out, in which case I’ll have my answer!

When it comes to toothpaste, Tom’s of Maine has a solid reputation and I was keen to try their cinnamon flavoured one. But then I noticed the Green Beaver brand, and figured I should support my fellow Canadians.

As they explain on their website, Green Beaver toothpaste has grapefruit seed extract and tea tree oil, which help kill bacteria, baking soda to remove stains and calcium ascorbate. It does not contain artificial flavours, colours, fluoride, preservatives, sweeteners or sulfate-based foaming agents. Furthermore, all of the packaging is recyclable and they don’t test on animals.

But this is the best part: “Our toothpastes are safe to swallow. Mild foaming and gentle abrasive action makes it ideal for kids.” I don’t know about you, but I’m all for gentle abrasive action when it comes to kids.

I gave it a test run this morning. At first, I was disappointed by the lack of foam; it felt kind of watery in my mouth, like it wasn’t really going to do a good job. But hours later, my teeth feel surprisingly clean. And it was actually refreshing not having that lingering residue on my tongue. I might give a few other brands a whirl when I’m done this tube, but I’m definitely hopping on the natural-toothpaste bandwagon for good.

7 Responses to Up like the sun, down like the rain (Day 39)…

  1. vigilant20 says:

    That sounds stange. Isn’t tea tree oil dangerous to swallow?

  2. Vanessa says:

    Hmm… seems you may be right. On about.com they say “The use of tea tree oil in oral products like toothpaste is considered safe as long as the product is not ingested.” I’m sure there’s very little tea tree oil in my toothpaste, but that is a little disconcerting. Then again, I’m sure if you swallowed a whole tube of any toothpaste on the market you’d probably feel sick, whether it was the fluoride or the calcium carbonate or silica or whatnot.

  3. Shawn says:

    I’ve tried a few all natural toothpastes and the more hardcore ones didn’t have any satisfying foam action. I guess it’s the price you pay. Please do let us know how this green beaver thing works out.

    I swear I haven’t snickered at the name green beaver and that I haven’t backspaced over a handful of innuendo jokes =)

  4. Vanessa says:

    Haha — I have to say, Shawn, being Canadian means I’m way over every beaver joke in the book 🙂

    I’ll do a little toothpaste update when I’m done this tube; I’m tempted to try out Tom’s of Maine if only because they’re the heavyweight of the natural toothpaste industry (if there is such a thing) and I’m curious to see how they stack up.

  5. Lori V. says:

    Are you sure they don’t test on animals? I thought the reason for its name is that they tested it out on green beavers! 🙂

    P.S. I went to school with a guy named Beaver Packer… 😮 (and, yes, it was his real name… )

  6. Icandigit says:

    While Tom’s of Maine is certainly a greener choice than the standard formulations, be aware that it was bought last year by Colgate. They promise not to change the formulas, but you may or may not want to support Colgate-Palmolive.

  7. June says:

    Whew! We had a ginormous storm last night that knocked out power to a good part of our small town. Thankfully no major injuries or anything like that.

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