If you've studied natural approaches to dental care you'll learn that your teeth can heal from cavities and tooth decay. It requires some effort, but eating the right foods [especially those with fat soluble vitamins] and avoiding certain other types of food [primarily sugar and phytic acid] your teeth can remineralize themselves. You also need a mineralizing toothpaste like Earthpaste which is mineral-rich and also free from glycerin. If you're curious to know more about this, just Google Dr Weston A. Price. Our whole family now uses this toothpaste and we haven't had any dental issues in several years. I believe this toothpaste has a lot to do with that.
This brand of toothpaste is my absolute favorite. It's a challenge to find a toothpaste without unnecessary additives. This delivers! I hadn't tried cinnamon before, but this toothpaste was just as good as their mint. It's different, because it is the color of the clay they use and the consistency won't be quite the same as you're used to with brands like Crest. However, I'd much rather sacrifice that for my oral health. Mainstream brands essentially use tooth antibiotics and kill off the good AND bad germs in the mouth. I want the good mouth bugs that help your gut health as well. I use this in combination with OraWellness essential oil and love it! My mouth feels so clean and it is not abrasive. As with any toothpaste, don't push hard and do little back & forth motions, be mindful about brushing, and your enamel will be fine. This tube lasts my husband and I quite a while. Longterm customers!
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This is the only toothpaste I've ever bothered to review, but I'm taking the time to do so because it's that good. Impressed by the very clean/pure ingredient list, I decided to give EarthPaste a try. WOW!! My teeth feel like they've just been through a professional cleaning--twice a day--every day. They literally have never felt so squeaky clean. They seem whiter, too. I'm looking forward to my next checkup and the feedback I'll get from my dentist.
This is one of very few natural toothpastes that is glycerin-free. This is a good thing! Glycerin may leave a fine coating on the teeth which prevents the enamel from remineralizing. One downside is that Earthpaste isn't "foamy," so you find yourself using more. Also, the tube can be a bit tough to squeeze as you get down to the bottom. But as good as it is in every other way, these two complaints are minor.
Yes, Earthpaste contains bentonite clay, and yes, bentonite clay contains minute particulates of lead, along with numerous other naturally-occuring minerals. Does this concern me? No, I'm not ingesting the product. In fact, some of the healthiest people in the organic and whole foods world EAT bentonite clay for it's powerful cleansing and detoxing properties. Some "in the know" argue that these particulates, even when ingested, are of a molecular consistency which is not absorbed into the bloodstream. If, however, this doesn't feel right for you, continue your search for the one that DOES feel right. I truly believe in following one's gut instinct on things, and this will differ from person to person.
The cinnamon is my favorite because it's mild. The flavor was unusual at first, but it quickly grew on me, and now I much prefer it to "minty" toothpastes. I haven't tried wintermint, but the peppermint is extremely strong, so much so that I had to rinse my mouth out about 10 times (literally) to get the flavor diluted afterwards. Too much for me. But for those who love peppermint, they may find that flavor very refreshing.
_______ Update Aug. 2012: My dental exam was sterling! :)
I mean I really REALLY love this toothpaste. I have suspected that there was something in some toothpastes that irritated my gums. Now I'm 99% sure - and I think regular mouthwashes have been causing me trouble, too, so they are also eliminated.
I do miss that extra fresh post-toothbrushing mouth feeling. This toothpaste doesn't have the same volume in your mouth, if that makes sense. Earthpaste doesn't lather up. I feel like I have to use quite a bit of it to make my mouth feel clean. Basically I've been brushing with a pea sized amount, then flossing, and then another brushing with half a pea.
Plus the cinnamon is PERFECT - no burn, just perfect. I may try the other flavors just for fun, but I'm never going to like them better than this.
I was a little skeptical when ordering this just because I've tried all natural stuff that has been terrible. I was also concerned about the lead content- if your not aware of it google it. I was trying to find something safe for my two year old and came across this product. Because of the lead until I read more and she can spit the toothpaste out I think I'm going to hold off on her using it. I do understand trace amounts of lead are in vegetables and fruit. Over all I'm very pleased with this product. It does not have an over powering cinnamon flavor to where a child would find it "spicy" It also made my teeth feel very clean, but not like there was a coating on them. I did have to squish the tube a little to mix it up. I would definitely continue to use this and try other flavors.