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It’s essential that you choose a fluoride-free toothpaste since fluoride can be toxic. Specifically, there are developmental and reproductive toxicities associated with fluoride that you want no part of. Just as important to overall health as eating well, avoiding harmful food additives and getting rid of potentially toxic amalgam fillings is choosing the best toothpaste possible.

What To Avoid The best toothpaste choices on the market come from companies like Tom’s of Maine — now owned by Colgate — and from Dr. Ken’s, Tea Tree Therapy and The Natural Dentists to name only a few. You need to choose a fluoride-free toothpaste that’s also free from other harmful ingredients like triclosan, BHT, PEG-12, FD&C 12, DEA, sodium hydroxide and propylene glycol.

Trying to find a paste that’s free of all these chemicals, tastes good and actually cleans your teeth well can be a challenge. And these aren’t the only substances that shouldn’t be in toothpaste.

You should avoid sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium saccarin, carrageen, sorbitol and manganese gluconate as well. That could leave you searching for hours for the best toothpaste. And can you really trust those labels?   A Great-Tasting Homemade Toothpaste Making your own homemade toothpaste is incredibly easy and the ingredients aren’t hard to find either.

Here’s what you’ll need: ½ cup virgin non-hydrogenised coconut oil, available at health food stores and specialty grocers 2-3 tablespoons baking soda or 1 tablespoon of finely ground pumice 15 drops or more of your favorite essential oil (peppermint, cinnamon or whatever you want) Xylitol to taste  

That’s all! Then simply soften the oil over gentle heat, add everything else and mix very well. Store in a glass jar once it has thoroughly cooled and use twice a day along with a regular regime of flossing too. This recipe tastes


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