ToothpasteWhat You Need To Know

Everyone wants a healthy smile, so do your best to avoid the unnecessary and unhealthy ingredients that can be found in some toothpastes. There are safe alternatives available online and in stores.

What To Avoid
Chemicals:Sodium lauryl sulfate (can cause canker sores), and Triclosan (can weaken the immune system and increase risk of developing allergies, asthma, and eczema)
Artificial colorings:Artificial colorings (may impact brain development or be contaminated with chemicals that may increase cancer risk. )
Safer Choices
Choices without chemicals:Toothpastes without synthetic chemicals, dyes, or Preservatives. A rule of thumb: If you don’t know what the word means on the label, it’s likely synthetic and not something you want in your or your child’s body.
AAP guidelines:See the American Academy of Pediatrics’ general guidelines for children’s oral health.
DIY:Baking soda mixed with water is an option, but for your child, it is best to ask your pediatrician and dentist.
Find Safer Products
Websites and Apps:
Clearya is a free browser extension and app that notifies you when there are unsafe ingredients in your makeup, personal care, baby care, cleaning and other products, and helps you find safe products.
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics - Nontoxic Black Beauty Project
They offer a list and database of non-toxic beauty products made and sold by Black-owned companies that are committed to toxic-free beauty and personal care products.
Detox Me
This app allows you to scan barcodes on products to find relevant tips. They also offer a buying guide to decode product labels and find non-toxic alternatives.
Environmental Working Group (EWG)
EWG has a "Skin Deep" database that rates personal care and beauty products based on their safety and toxicity levels. EWG also offers a Healthy Living app that allows you to scan barcodes and find safer products.
Think Dirty
This app and website allow you to scan or search for personal care products to see their ingredient safety ratings.