… 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.