It’s hard to deny the wonderful feeling of a minty-fresh mouth after a good teeth brushing. But you may (unknowingly) be making some serious sacrifices to your health in exchange for that fleeting pleasure. Commercial and conventional toothpaste are what most people use to clean their teeth – and it’s not surprising! These brands have massive amounts of funding to advertise until you are lulled into believing that their product works the best. In reality, conventional toothpaste is laced with a load of chemicals that are damaging to human health.
Polyethylene gylcols or PEG, is added to bind water, actually causes skin to be more permeable allowing destructive ingredients to enter your system more easily. Triclosan is a toxic ingredient that is added as a germ-killing agent; it’s also found in conventional deodorants, soaps and mouthwashes. In fact, as of 2015, the EPA is investigating the potentially carcinogenic risks of Triclosan. Another well known ingredient of commercial toothpaste is fluoride. Fluoride is purported to damage gums by weakening gums’ ability to self repair. And according to research done back in 1996, topical fluoride may exacerbate gingivitis, destructive periodontitis and more.
These three reasons (along with many more) are why Vermont Soap Company created its famous Tooth Salt. The product contains just three ingredients: sea salt, USP sodium bicarbonate, and peppermint oil. And why? VS interviewed a bunch of elderly Vermonters in their 80’s and 90’s to learn about their tooth-cleaning preferences. Surprisingly, those that still had their teeth all touted one special ingredient: salt. A few others mentioned baking soda. So Vermont Soap combined the cleaning and healing powers of salt with the breath-freshening capabilities of heavy metal-free sodium bicarbonate, added a little bit of peppermint oil for the taste, and voila! Created the perfect alternative to dangerous conventional toothpaste. It’s simple, affordable, and comes with zero of the added negatives we find in that stuff from the drug store. Try it out, you won’t be sorry!