Does a brown, natural toothpaste sound unbelievable to you? Let’s talk about the top on my list of natural toothpaste reviews, but first, more shocking things.
If you’re a parent, you’ve surely experienced the disbelief that happens when a child totally loses it over something that happens every. single. day.
Right? (Please tell me I’m not alone on this!)
For the 5-and-under crowd, simple tasks like getting dressed, getting one’s hair done, washing hands before a meal, and brushing one’s teeth can suddenly be the biggest disaster that’s happened all day.
My husband and I sometimes just look at each other incredulously, thinking, “Really? Seriously, kid, you are going to throw a fit right now over brushing your teeth???”
I’ve taken to saying to my 3-year-old, “If you don’t want to brush your teeth, that’s fine. But you’ll have to stop eating. If you like food and want to eat, you need to brush your teeth every day.”
It’s probably beyond his comprehension, but it makes me feel better.
Safe Toothpaste Review: Redmond Earthpaste
Why put something in your mouth that would be dangerous to swallow?
It’s funny, really, that so many accept without question the warnings on conventional fluoridated toothpaste: do not swallow.
I love what our toothpaste says:
Safe to eat. Rinse or swallow at your discretion.
Our toothpaste in the Kimball house is brown, slimy, and doesn’t need to be spit out into the sink. It probably throws babysitters for a loop, come to think of it!
It even cracks my kids up. Instead of, “Spit, please,” I try to remember to say, “Spit or swallow,” and if I don’t, they usually swallow and smile up at me. What kid doesn’t love to kind of “break the rules” and not get in trouble?
I even used it as part of my cavity healing regimen!
It contains no SLS, no glycerin, no artificial sweeteners, no foaming agents, no artificial colors, and no fluoride (on the list of chemicals that hurt kids’ brains – and yes, it’s still added to city water. Way to go, government.)
What is it? Mud Mouth = Safe Toothpaste
It’s called Earthpaste, and my kids prefer the lemon flavor (but the others still aren’t too “hot” for them). It makes their mouths smell a little like Pledge when you’re brushing, but it’s a good, clean smell. Lemon still has nice anti-bac properties like the original three flavors, but with less bite.
When we first tried Earthpaste, my husband wasn’t so sure about it. Because it doesn’t foam, he felt like it wasn’t doing the job of his old toothpaste. Two things changed his mind:
- I asked him if his teeth felt clean afterward. He realized that, by golly, they did. The peppermint and wintergreen flavors are especially refreshing – you can smell them through the cardboard shipping box!
- He changed a habit. Using a bit more toothpaste and brushing all over right away spread it out and seemed to make it last longer. He’s now a fan.
Earthpaste does use xylitol, which is the only place I’d love to see a change. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol which I wrote about HERE, and although it’s a lot safer than many options and even might protect teeth, I’d prefer to see pure stevia in something I plan to swallow.
Read more about Earthpaste and check out happy reviews HERE.
RELATED: Gum with Xylitol.
From the company:
We wanted a toothpaste that was as natural as possible, so we started with hydrated Redmond Clay and added Xylitol, essential oils, and Real Salt. And that’s it. Earthpaste is amazingly natural toothpaste.
Earthpaste’s list of ingredients is unique, but the things we left out are just as important. Most brands of toothpaste contain foaming agents like SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), and chemicals like titanium dioxide to make the paste bright white. Not Earthpaste.
It isn’t just safe to swallow — each ingredient in Earthpaste has been used to support healthy systems.
Earthpaste delivers all the benefits you expect from a toothpaste without any chemicals or unnatural additives. It’s toothpaste unlike any other you’ve experienced — you’ll see the difference on your brush and feel the difference in your mouth.
Earthpowder: Dry Toothpaste!
You can check out my full review of Earthpowder and find out if I think it’s kid-friendly or not, but I definitely think it is fantastic for a couple reasons:
- Dry, so it doesn’t count as a “liquid” for traveling. Now that I have a shampoo bar for my hair, I’ve traveled with NO little baggie! #easybutton
- You can use every last drop – it will never get stuck in the tube. 😉
Also, let’s talk about charcoal. There’s an Earthpowder made with activated charcoal, which is a teeth whitener. Skip the “strips” that were so popular when I was younger for teeth whitening (are they still? I don’t even know what’s out there anymore!). Go natural and get extra benefits from the 2 minutes you spend brushing your teeth. 😉
Wellness Mama has a great post explaining why charcoal whitens teeth naturally, including a bonus that it changes the pH of the mouth and can help prevent cavities, tooth decay and gingivitis. Just what all the expensive unnatural brands of toothpaste claim! Along with the clay in Earthpowder, charcoal plays a role in remineralizing teeth, and it tastes great (which wouldn’t happen if you just brushed with charcoal).
HOWEVER, big note, if you use the charcoal kind of either Earthpowder or Earthpaste (new flavor!!!) you shouldn’t swallow. Charcoal isn’t really a good fit for everyday ingestion, although it helps people kick food poisoning faster and has other fascinating uses, for those who are curious, including applications for bug bites and armpits! Since clay also helps bug bites, I’d totally use this Earthpowder or paste when traveling as a one-stop shop!
Just be ready for your teeth to look FREAKY for the two minutes you’re brushing. Scare your kids like it’s Halloween. 😉
If you appreciated the balance and depth of the review you just read, you will love my resources page, with REAL products that have passed my rigorous testing enough to be “regulars” in the Kimball household, plus some other comprehensive reviews. Updated at least once a year to boot the losers and add new gems!