Dentifrice – toothpaste or toothpowder whichever, it is basically an abrasive to clean and polish the teeth.
However it comes packed in masses of plastic.
Which is bad BUT worse still it may contain plastic! Did you know that at least 12 Crest toothpastes have been identified as containing microbeads of polyethylene (PE). You can find which products here. Do take a look because you wont find plastic listed in the ingredients a fact I find worrying.
Why are they there? It seems they added for decorative purposes only. However dental hygenists are concerned and I quote Trish Walraven
“I am not saying that polyethylene is causing gum problems. I’d be jumping too soon to that conclusion without scientific proof. But what I am saying definitively is that plastic is in your toothpaste, and that some of it is left behind even after you’re finished brushing and rinsing with it.”
Bits of plastic get stuck in your gums! But I strongly reccomend that you read her excellent article in full and then consider using a different dentifrice.
Plastic Free Dentifrice
You can use salt. UGHH
bicarbonate of soda – can be used neat. Also ugh!!!
“Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), a product used for many years by itself or in combination with other ingredients has several excellent properties. As a soft crystalline substance that dissolves readily, it has a mild abrasive potential. In solution it will kill on contact all of the motile microorganisms associated with periodontal infections, e.g. spirochetes, motile rods, etc. It will also kill other disease related bacteria. It will also neutralize and detoxify the bacterial acids and toxins that form in plaques (bacterial biofilms). ” for more got to mizar
You can buy plastic free bicarb here
BUT for all its sterling qualities, I find it far too soapy tasting to use un-cut.
So I go for…
Home made Tooth Powder / Paste with Bi-carb
So I mix it with two other famous dentifrices known for their soft polishing action and Orris Root. Orris root is a natural preservative and helps the flavor along.
1 part chalk
1 part kaolin
1 part Orris Root
1 part bicarb
Put in a jar and shake well – use as tooth powder or mix to a stiff paste with water.
Or, if you still cant stand the taste, leave out the bicarb.
You can add flavour with peppermint oil. It is just like real toothpaste. Even leaves white marks on your clothes!
You can buy the chalk, kaolin and Orris Root from Aromantics . The products come in a plastic bags – booo… but they are polythene so easily recycled and I get huge amounts tooth powder out of one small bag of ingredients. I consider it a worthwhile compromise and far less plastic than any other option.
Ready Made Toothpaste
There are still some tooth pastes come in metal tubes BUT be aware that all metal tubed toothpastes I have come across have a plastic cap and the tubes are lined with a plastic liner. If you are happy to go ahead one such is
Marvis Classic Strong Mint Toothpaste
Apparently ” What makes Marvis unique is the range of exotic flavours – enticing and addictive tastes that produce a whirlwind of sensations. Marvis search the world to bring you irresistible new and original flavours that turn the simple act of teeth brushing into a daily pleasure of discovery and taste.”