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When I used to go shopping I used to grab the 1st toothpaste tube I saw.

I wasn’t too bothered if it was Colgate, Signal or Crest – the brand didn’t matter at all to me it was just ticked off the shopping list.

Over the last 5 years of being with doTERRA I have learnt so much information about putting things onto your skin and the effects on the body.

So armed with that information I looked at everything that went onto my body.

Toothpaste was a big deal for me – I have always looked after my teeth as most of my family and friends will tell you (im a bit obsessed). So looking into the toothpaste ingredients totally shocked me.

Did you know conventional toothpaste brands have so many different types of toxic chemicals? Even though toothpaste isn’t something we’re meant to ingest, our mouths are one of the most absorbent areas of the body. Because your mouth is so absorbent, the chemicals found in conventional toothpaste are readily and easily absorbed directly into the bloodstream.

In fact, conventional toothpaste brands contain so many toxins the labels will read “Do not swallow” so that’s a scary thought!! So, if we shouldn’t be ingesting these ingredients, what’s happening when these very same ingredients are being absorbed into our bloodstream?

Here we’ll look at some of the toothpaste ingredients that should be avoided.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulphate (SLES)

These ingredients are known as surfactants, which are chemicals that help with the foaminess of toothpaste. These harmful chemicals can damage and interfere with the functioning of the taste buds by breaking up the phospholipids on your tongue. Additionally, SLS has been linked to skin irritation, eye irritation, hormonal imbalance and canker sores. However, the worst problem linked with SLS is the carcinogenic effect created during the manufacturing process.

Artificial Sweeteners

Most conventional toothpastes contain artificial sweeteners such as aspartame or other sugar alcohols such as sorbitol. They are added to enhance the sweet flavour of the toothpaste. Artificial sweeteners contain unbound methyl compounds converted in the body to formaldehyde, which causes a great deal of damage to our tissues. Artificial sweeteners are linked to headaches, dizziness, nausea, GI tract issues, vertigo, vision problems, memory problems and learning problems.


This ingredient is added as a chemical that kills germs. Triclosan was originally used as a pesticide and is linked to cancer, thyroid issues, antibiotic resistance, endocrine disruption and poor heart function.

Polyethylene Glycols

Polyethylene is actually a plastic! It’s commonly used in containers and packaging materials. The body breaks down this ingredient into compounds toxic to the body, and the result is damage to the nervous system, the heart, and the kidneys. Too much of this ingredient can actually prove to be fatal!

Propylene Glycol

This ingredient is also found in antifreeze and paint. It’s used in toothpaste for its solvent and surfactant properties. But it is so harmful one must wear goggles, protective clothing, and gloves to handle it. Imagine then the damage and distress caused to the body from ingesting it.


Fluoride can actually cause damage to the gums because it damages key enzymes and slows down the natural self-repair mechanisms of the gums. Frequent fluoride ingestion can cause significant health problems, particularly to the nervous system and the brain. It also negatively affects the thyroid, the pineal gland, the bones, GI tract, and can lead to inflammation and many cancers.


Glycerin coats your teeth, blocking the teeth from being able to absorb nutrients to help with mineralization.

Diethanolamine (DEA)

DEA is an ingredient added to toothpaste for its foaming properties. It is known to cause hormone disruption and is carcinogenic and is linked to liver and kidney cancer.

Colouring Chemicals

There are some artificial colouring agents that are linked to a number of health problems such as headaches, asthma, allergies, mental issues such as ADD and ADHD and memory problems, and even cancer.

The challenge is now to go check your toothpaste tube and see what’s in it. Knowing is half the battle!

I have a natural solution for you:

doTERRA’s fluoride-free Natural Whitening Toothpaste combines the protective benefits of the proprietary doTERRA On Guard blend of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils with other natural ingredients that help clean teeth, reduce plaque, and whiten teeth with gentle polishing agents. The doTERRA On Guard blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils provides an extra cleaning boost. Additional essential oils of Peppermint and Wintergreen, and the natural sweetener xylitol, give doTERRA On Guard Natural Whitening Toothpaste a refreshingly unique cinnamon-mint flavour that leaves your breath—and toothbrush—fresh and clean throughout the day.