There are so many different types of toothpastes out there these days that it can be difficult for the average consumer to discern a proper effective toothpaste, from a chemical-riddled toothpaste that might do more harm than good. While we can’t make brand-specific recommendations, we do have a list of ingredients that we suggest people avoid in their toothpaste. After all, people who are practicing proper oral hygiene habits find themselves using toothpaste twice a day! That means they should be mindful about what type of toothpaste they’re using, and what substances they are putting into their bodies. 

Ingredients to be Wary Of:

  • Fluoride: Now, you’re probably thinking, wait, isn’t fluoride good for my oral health? It is, but too much fluoride actually has an adverse affect on your oral health. Since many water supplies and mouthwashes already include fluoride, it’s redundant to use toothpaste that also has fluoride in it.
  • Triclosan: Triclosan is an ingredient that can be found in many brands of toothpaste, bodywash, makeup cosmetics and antimicrobial soap. Unfortunately, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently cited studies that found Triclosan can disrupt key hormones in people. While many of these studies are still ongoing, the FDA suggests avoiding Triclosan when possible. 
  • Charcoal:Charcoal is the latest fad ingredient for toothpaste. Despite the claims of many charcoal-toothpaste companies, the truth is that there isn’t a lot of actual science to show that charcoal is helpful for oral health. In fact, charcoal is a rather abrasive substance that can cause damage to teeth and enamel over time. 

As long as you avoid those ingredients, you can really choose any toothpaste that appeals to you. There are a variety of flavors and brands available. At the end of the day, as long as you choose a toothpaste and brush your teeth at least twice a day, you can rest easy knowing you’ve done your due diligence for your oral health. 

Of course, if you have any questions about your oral hygiene routine the best person to ask is your dentist. To learn more visit


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