Why I Ditched Toxic Toothpaste


This post has been on my mind for a while. We have been detoxing our home for a long time now. It’s a passion of mine to know what’s in the food we eat and the personal care products that we use on and in our bodies. I have a thirst for knowledge and I don’t just do things because people say they are fine and good. I want to know myself. So I dig and I dig and I dig some more.

And I put on my thick skin when people look at me like I’m crazy. I got over worrying about whether I’m a weirdo or not a long time ago.

I have to be able to sleep at night with how I take care of myself and my family and that’s the bottom line.

You have to do the same.

I dare you to not worry about being different. It’s pretty awesome over here on the dark side. 😉

I recently heard a statistic {I can’t recall where at the moment!} that…

“We are exposed to the same amount of toxins in ONE day that our ancestors were exposed to in their entire lifetime.”

Y’all. That is bad news.

I’m on a mission to change that for my family…and for the world. I’m not willing to just give up and say, “Well, it is what it is.”



One of the numerous ways that we avoid poisoning ourselves slowly is by ditching commercial toothpaste. THIS was a biggie for me. I used to coupon all. the. live. long. day. Free toothpaste was where it’s at. I mean, I had BOXES of tubes that I got for free playing the drugstore game.

Well, the bottom line is that there are things that money can’t buy. And our health is one of them.

It doesn’t take much research to find that fluoride and other chemicals in toothpaste and mouthwash are very bad for you. Fluoride has been linked to white spots on teeth, arthritis, respiratory problems, cancer etc.  Not cool. We all know that toothpaste comes with a warning not to swallow it. That’s not just there for fun. Fluoride is no laughing matter…especially when we realize that our mouth is extremely absorptive. Hmm…So even if you don’t swallow your toothpaste or mouthwash, your body is still absorbing the toxins.

So what’s the solution? I’ve done all of these…

1. Make your own toothpaste.

I’ve made my own toothpaste. It was gritty, didn’t taste amazing and didn’t leave my mouth feeling fresh and clean. And my husband very much disliked it.

2. Buy fluoride & chemical free toothpaste.

We did this for a LONG time. It was painful for me because we used Nature’s Gate and Kiss My Face toothpaste. Kiss My Face was the only brand that gave my husband fresh breath–otherwise he was STILL using commercial mouthwash.

3. Buy Thieves toothpaste {and other oral care products}.

We have finally found our sweet spot. I know, I know. You’re probably over there rolling your eyes. I love my essential oils. And Thieves blend is like one of my favorites. I would marry it if I could.

Why I Ditched Toxic Toothpaste

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What we use for our teeth and oral care…

Dentarome Ultra Toothpaste – It’s a little gritty, but not bad and leaves your mouth feeling clean. I do prefer to add a drop of Peppermint essential oil to my toothbrush when using this toothpaste (my husband loves using Peppermint!).

Aromabright Toothpaste – It’s the perfect consistency and leaves your mouth feeling clean and fresh!

Thieves Mouthwash – Oh my word! This stuff is amazing! Ahhh!

Thieves Dental Floss – It works, but it’s not as good as good old regular floss. So I use both. 😉

What about the kids? Oh yeah! This is their favorite!

Bye, Bye Colgate & Aquafresh. Hello, Thieves! {Why I Ditched Toxic Toothpaste}

KidScents Slique Toothpaste has both Slique blend essential oil and Thieves blend essential oil in it. This toothpaste tastes GREAT without having any junk in it. My boys love this toothpaste. They are always begging to brush their teeth. It seems that twice a day isn’t quite enough for them. Ha! It is very important to me that they have good oral hygiene habits to carry with them into adulthood.

As with any of these oral care products, a little dab will do ya. Contrary to the “if a little is good, more is better” saying, a little goes a long way. 🙂 Do we pay more for non-toxic oral care that leaves our mouth and breath feeling fresh and clean? Yes.

Is it worth it? Yes. Absolutely.

We always get rave reviews on our teeth when we go to the dentist. Even our dentist office is getting oily!! 🙂 My husband had a cleaning this week and the receptionist was about to give him some free toothpaste and she said, “Oh, never mind. I’m sure you are using Thieves. I’m waiting for mine to come in.” Ha!

No matter where you are on your journey, I hope this has been an encouragement to you to evaluate your own oral care products. 🙂 We are all in different places and stages and there is always room for improvement. At least I know that’s the case in my life. 🙂

If you would like to learn more about essential oils and how we incorporate them into our daily life, click here.




P.S. Even if I wasn’t a member of Young Living, I would still share the products with you. Because they ROCK my world and I want them to ROCK yours! Just had to put that disclaimer out there! 🙂 Mwah!

*The statements in this post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products mentioned in this post are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


  1. I’ve invested in a few bottles of essential oils that we are using for health and wellness. Adding some essential oils for cleaning and personal care may be my next step!

  2. I would live to give the Thieves toothpaste a try! We diffuse the oil almost daily to keep everyone healthy now. I’m glad they make a kid’s toothpaste as well!

  3. I feel like I have a lot to learn yet on this “healthy” journey, but we are trying! So far my best find has been the “youngevity vitamins and minerals”. Check it out if you get a chance! They are really good for you! 🙂 And my almost three year old even loves them. 🙂 And thanks so much for all your posts on the young living. I am very near. Ha! 🙂 I actually have a friend here in Iowa that has been working on me too, and I know that even if I don’t get signed up, I am GOING to get toothpaste. LOL! That has bothered me for a long time, esp with little ones brushing and swallowing nowadays! Anyway, so long and thanks a lot for your cheerful blog! By the way… I grew up in GA but got married to someone from IA, so hearing from someone down south all the time is a TREAT! 🙂

  4. I have a special needs child who can’t spit out tooth paste. Maybe this is the solution I need.

  5. We have been using essential oils to stay healthy and for cleaning. We have been using Earthpaste, but would love to give the Thieves a shot!

  6. I stopped using regular cleaners for my house years ago. I am big on using baking soda, vinegar, and club soda. Essential oils have a big pressence also but must admit am new to hearing about Thieves, and am hearing about it everywhere!! Must try this!

  7. These products sound wonderful! Would LOVE to try. Might be time for me to bite the bullet and sign up for Young Living. I do love my oils!

  8. I have been doing lots of research on making our home toxin free. I would love to use more natural remedies, both in the home and health wise. I would absolutely love to try the Thieves toothpaste!

  9. I have been trying to elimnate toxins in my cleaning products (including face/body wash and laundry soap). I have fallen off my wagon, but I’m trying to get back on.

    I have a question about the toothpaste. I have severe sensitivity issues, how is this toothpaste with sensitivity? I would think, due to the Theives properties, it would be quite beneficial?

  10. I use YLEOs for my lower back pain! Haven’t taken OTC pain meds for the back pain in over 8 weeks. I have started using Thieves cleaner…love the smell! And I just recently got my first tube of Thieves toothpaste. Can’t wait to see how it helps my gums!
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  11. Hmm, why didn’t I think about toothpaste. DOH!! Good to know, I’m a huge fan of oils, DoTerra and Eden’s Garden, but I’ll look into this brand as well. Thanks for that.
    I always try to push oils before meds if we can.
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  12. I have replaced all those horrible toxic cleaners in my cabinet with one product that does it all—-Thieves Cleaner. I love it, and my house always smells good to boot! I haven’t tried the Thieves toothpaste yet, so I hope I win it! 🙂

  13. My first essential oil class/craft night was this week. I must admit, if I had known our craft night at church this week was going to be about oils, I wouldn’t have come. However, after making a sugar scrub and detox foot soak and learning about the basics of the oils, I may not be anti oils any more.

  14. I would love to give it a try. I’m so intrigued by the oils. I don’t have any yet but am so excited to try. We have 4 kiddos and I’m definately getting on this wagon.

  15. We are just starting our journey of essential oils and natural products….thanks to discovering your blog (and a few others) through Pinterest! We are learning a lot everyday.

  16. I love these toothpastes! My son loves the Kid Scents Toothpaste and My favorite is Aroma Bright! I feel like a better mom by giving the Kid Scents to my son. Love Young Living!
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  17. I’ve been able to ditch my 4 allergy medications and 3 stomach medications, and replace them with essential oils! I’m so pleased with the results and I have a super long want list of oils to try next! The toothpaste is on my list. 🙂

  18. I make my own laundry detergent, shampoo with only baking soda and water, rinse with cider vinegar and water, clean with baking soda and vinegar. Sometimes use baking soda to brush my teeth. Would love to try the toothpaste.

  19. I would love to rid more of the toxins from our home. Little by little, we’re getting them out. I recently switched to a natural makeup line. I’ve been looking for a toxin-free toothpaste for a while, especially for my children. Thanks for the review!!

  20. I am just beginning the Youngs EO journey, ordered the kit recently. I have replaced antacids with Peppermint oil, I would love to try the toothpaste.

  21. We have changed what cleaners we use as well as using a veggie wash on all fruits/veggies, but I’ve not thought about my toothpaste. Thanks for the post. And thank you for the giveaway!

  22. I clean with vinegar and baking soda! No bleach in my house.

    And I use olive oil with lemon juice for furniture!

  23. I make my own. Don’t love the flavor but my teeth do feel really fresh afterwards ! We make all our own soap and shampoo and stuff too, own yogurts, granola, breads…… I’m always on the lookout for a new product that actually WORKS, and saves me some time.

  24. Just started reading your blog and i didn’t know fluoride was linked to arthritis! Going through some arthritis like medical issues and I’m only 28! I have started using natural soap, paraben, scent free because my skin is super sensitive. And i did recently learn about bad chemicals in toothpaste just have not had time to check out other options. Would love to try thieves!

  25. I just started using Young Living Essential Oils in April – I am amazed at how much I love them! I made my one coconut oil lotion in June – again AMAZING!! After reading this I am going for the toothpaste. Thank you for the suggestions!!

  26. Since I got the starter kit I am learning the great benefits of the essential oils. Instead of carrying around a bottle of aspirin in my purse, I now carry peppermint, lavender, and stress away. I drink lemon water and most recently added grapefruit oil to my water. Still learning and have lots to learn. Thankful for the little bit of extra money to purchase these oils that have made a difference in how my family is starting to take care of their bodies.

  27. We have thrown away all of our cleaning chemicals and soaps and now clean our bodies and entire home with just water and Norwex cloths! Toothpaste is our next move -thank you for the recommendations!

  28. I’d love to give this a try. My daughter has eczema so we have recently started ridding our house of toxins and giving essential oils a try. Even her dermatologist was impressed with how perfect her skin looked when we cut out sugar and grains from our diet and began making our own facial moisturizer (which included melaleuca) and sunscreen.

  29. Been making deoderant and laundry detergent and using natural cleaners in our home for a few years now and I will never go back! Would love to try the thieves toothpaste!!

  30. We’ve been working to eliminate toxins. I use many homemade cleaners. We have been using toms of maine toothpaste, but I’m sure this is even better.

  31. I was introduced to EOs a few weeks ago. Since they have come in, I’ve made my own face cream, deodorant and am currently testing recipes for cleaners. Would love to try this toothpaste!

  32. I have been researching essential oils more so that I know what I am getting into. I am excited to make my first purchase soon 🙂

  33. I use essential oils in my warmers instead of store bought wax squares, I make my own household cleaners, but my newest and most exciting is I am trying out a new essential oil blend cream on my son who has ADHD. Hoping this will eliminate the need for his medication. YAY!!!!

  34. I got rid of chemical-based cleaning products. It’s all fruit-infused vinegar and baking soda for us! Very intrigued by the oils, I must say !

  35. I’ll have to try this brand. I’ve been using xylitol toothpaste for my kids since birth but this looks interesting as well. Thanks

  36. Fluoride is in toothpaste (and in most public water supplies!) for a very good reason: it prevents dental cavities and inhibits the growth of harmful oral bacteria. Fluoride is the reason most adults in America today still have all their natural teeth in contrast to people in the nineteenth century. I assume you would not advocate treating pneumonia with a home remedy. Please understand that a great deal of scientific research has gone into the development of toothpastes and mouthwashes. These are not cosmetic formulas like shampoos or lotions. If you have concerns about ingredients talk to a DMD or a DDS about them.
    The mother of a hard-working Dental Student

    1. Kathy, I appreciate your comment and your perspective, but I ever-so-respectfully disagree. Diet and nutrition has more to do with oral health than anything else. It doesn’t make sense that we should put chemicals in our mouths to make our teeth healthier. It’s kind of like treatment of disease in our country…instead of getting to the root of the issue whether it’s lack of nutrition, improper diet, environmental toxins, hormonal imbalance, bad habits/addictions or whatever, we just have chemically compounded drugs {pharmaceuticals} thrown at us. How is that supposed to make us healthier long term? It doesn’t. It just masks symptoms.

      I understand that this is a different way of thinking than the norm. I get that completely. I used to be on the other side of things, but after a lot of research over the past several years, my heart and mind were clearly changed. I take care of my family as naturally as possible. I believe that God made our bodies to heal themselves when given the support that they need. So I actually do treat ailments at home mostly myself…sometimes with the advice and care of a natural healthcare provider. We use supplements, herbs, homeopathic remedies and essential oils along with good nutrition and good habits to make our bodies as strong and healthy as possible. Like I said in my post, we go to the dentist regularly to have our teeth cleaned. I LOVE my dentist!!! I realize that we don’t agree completely, but it is totally legit to do things differently than the norm. I would highly recommend that you check out Dr. Weston Price. His research is astounding! 🙂

  37. I’ve been using Earthpaste toothpaste for several years now and I love it but I’m always up for trying new healthy things! 🙂
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  38. We have switched to Young Living products including the kids’ Slique toothpaste & the Thieves that came in the ER thieves kit but the kiddos have stole them ALL! I was like you (back in my couponing days)- I think I have about 14 tubes of Crest and/or Colgate! I just need to throw them away (or donate to a shetler or Samaritan’s Purse shoeboxes at Christmas time)!

  39. Thieves cleaner – everywhere – in the laundry, dishwasher, spray bottles etc… I’ve replaced our stainless steel cleaner, tile, and granite cleaner – it even does windows and smells amazing!

  40. This is an answer to a prayer! Where can I find good toothpaste for us!! Yay! I would be a grateful winner!

  41. I would love to try Thieves toothpaste and mouthwash! I love reading your blog everyday!

  42. I’ve just started using some Essential Oils & learning more about them…I would LOVE to try this Thieves toothpaste & especially the kids kind! Thank you!

  43. I replaced my medicine cabinet with oils!!!! Hoping to start replacing more starting with the thieves cleaners next!

  44. I’ve been using cinnamon to repel ants in my kitchen! Granted we’re left with a brown border around our counters that I’m sure outsiders are like what is that, but it keeps away the annual attack of the moisture ants without using chemicals. We have a larger systemic issue to address on the outside of the house with insulation, siding, etc. that will help in time but meanwhile cinnamon is my kitchen’s BFFN (best friend for now). =)

  45. I just recently joined Young Living and am loving my premium kit. I have been interested in the tooth paste, so thanks for sharing your opinions. It really lets me know that I made the right decision to join Young Living and can’t wait for my next order to come!
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  46. We use tons of Young Living products – oils, thieves household, thieves toothpaste. We use Seventh Generation for laundry and dishsoap. We cloth diaper or use Honest diapers. And we eat a lot of Wildtree products of course. 🙂

  47. I have stopped buying all of my commercial cleaning products & have switched to making my own. I purchased some amber bottles with sprayers and love them. To top it off, I used my label maker I got for Christmas!

  48. We use Earthpaste and LOVE it. It’s made with clay, xylitol, and essential oils. It’s safe for us (including my kids) to swallow and that’s why I love it so much!

  49. I never paid attention to the ill effects of commercial toothpastes. I used to trust the brands like Colgate and Aquafresh blindly. From now own wards I will use the toothpaste which is nontoxic.

  50. I try to make my own stuff. My homemade toothpaste sucked. I would like to win this so I can try it before purchasing.

  51. Thanks for letting us know about these products! I’ve made our own toothpaste, but it’s kind of a bummer. But, I’d rather use that then go back! I’ll have to try these out and see if we like them!

  52. I can’t use regular toothpaste due to a sensitivity to floride. I’d love to try the Thieves product.

  53. Young Living, composting, changing our cleaners, our laundry detergent, our fabric softeners…. New changes every month! So thankful to have made these changes!

  54. We have switched our laundry products over to non toxic and chemical free alternatives. Bye bye dryer sheets…hello homemade wool dryer balls scented with essential oils!

  55. Sometimes I think I’d like to “marry” everything Thieves as well – I love, love love it!!! I’ve stopped using commercial products in my home and love all the ways essential oils replace them.

  56. We have ditched all chemical cleaners and use norwex. We buy handmade goat soap. We stay away from processed food and in the last two months have ditched the drugstore stuff for YL oils!! 🙂

  57. I’ve been making my own toothpaste (just over a month) but you’re right, it doesn’t leave me with a fresh clean feeling. 🙁

  58. I started using YL oils about 6 months ago & have been slowly trying to get rid of the toxins in our house. Our biggest one so far was switching to the Thieves concentrated cleaner – that stuff is AMAZING!!

  59. We’ve been making our own foaming hand soap with Thieves in addition to diffusing oils everyday! Thieves has even become my husband’s favorite! We’re slowly becoming oily in more ways and would love to try the toothpaste!

  60. Loved your blog! I started using Young living’s products in march and there is no going back! I’ve gotten rid of all the chemical filled cleaners in our home and we now use thieves cleaner or vinegar & water. I just got my thieves toothpaste and used it for the first time last night! There is no going back for our family.

  61. I love the Ultra toothpaste and mouthwash but have yet to try the Aromabright! Would love to give it a try!!

  62. I am just starting to get into essential oils. I’ve been diffusing them in my home and my classroom instead of toxic air fresheners. Thanks for this post and running the contest!

  63. I am on such a limited income and building my oils. I’ve opted to try to help my Alzheimers mom before myself. I would love to win simply because I never do much for myself. Others have always come first.
    Thank you.

  64. Hi! I love my essential oils too! I have long since made my own cleaners with essential oils and vinegar, but only recently learned of young living products and I AM in LOVE. One thing I’ve started doing is eliminating all if my tart burners and tarts and am diffusing my essential oils to freshen my home. 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win. YLEOs are wonderful!

  65. Our family just started using Young Living Essential Oils. Excited to make the change and remove toxins! I have great hope that they will help me with Fibromyalgia too!

  66. I am gradually learning all the benefits of detoxing my home and my health. I was told to use fluoride for the rest of my life due to my radiation and I am excited to replace my Crest toothpaste with Thieves! 🙂

  67. I’m slowly but surely replacing every chemical ingredient in our home with essential oil-based alternatives. All natural toothpaste…Thieves when we can get it, another glycerin- and fluoride- free brand when we can’t. I make my own salves, lotions, moisturizers, and even foundation. Bathroom air fresheners are spray bottles filled with distilled water, alittle vodka, and essential oils. Same with linen sprays. And I LOVE using homemade toilet fizzies to clean and deodorize the worst spot in the house…all with EOs added. Homemade liquid hand soap? Check. Homemade hand sanitizer? Check. Trying to get all the yuck out, one product at a time!

  68. I joined Young Living about two months ago. I have replaced almost all of my medicine cabinet with oils. One my current cleaning products rub out, I’m going to start to use the Thieves cleaner. I can’t wait for that! I would love to try the Thieves toothpaste. It’s on my wish list!

  69. We have been slowly changing out the cleaning products in our home with all natural stuff. Would love to work on the bathroom stuff, like toothpaste next!

  70. I just got my thieves reward kit, so I know have my regular thieves items but also the hand soap and the purifier! Need to get the kids one and try the aroma right one.

  71. I got rid of toxins in my home by ditching commercial baby wipes. One small change that’s kick-starting others for healthier babies and family!

  72. I started my oily journey a couple of months ago. I have made our own version of lavaderm and my own cleaner with thieves.

  73. Toothpaste is the next on my list to get rid of along with deoderant. So far I have changed my laundry detergent, dish washer soap, face lotion, and all kinds of medications.

  74. I like the Thieves Dentrome Ultra but my daughter didn’t care for the Kids version. We’ve been using The Honest Company brand and it suits our tastes and budget. I really want to try the AromaBright though.

  75. I bought ingredients to make my own baby soap and body wash. I’d love to try the Thieves toothpaste!

  76. We have only just begun at our house! I am sing peppermint for headaches and pan away for pain. We replaced our bug spray and bite seems and I am currently looking into homemade sunscreen and body soap. I would love to try Thieves toothpaste!

  77. One of the things I have done is make my own cleaners (not for kitchen yet since we are renting & I’m not sure about what is safe on granite counters ). I have also started using some essential oils.

  78. I would love to try thieves toothpaste! I am currently (just today) using oils for my daughters ADHD instead of her daily meds. Hoping it works!!

  79. We just started on the oily journey. I am loving my YL premium starter kit. We also use vinegar with orange oil to clean everything. I am intrigued by the toothpastes, will have to try them soon!

  80. I need this! I just ran out! Please pick me before my teeth start to feel fuzzy!

  81. What a great review. I am going to need to add some of these items to my next ER. I slowly have been replacing items in my medicine cabinet with essential oils as the budget allows.

  82. I actually found this blog and that is amazing thing I enjoy reading this easy to understand stuff. Keep it up.They all information useful for me and it’s a great post for every one thanks you for great blog. I actually found this blog and that is amazing thing. Thank you

  83. After using Crest for my entire life (I’m middle-aged), my mouth started to taste like metal. I mean, it was like I had been sucking on coins all day long. After 6-12 months of trying to figure out what I was eating or drinking that might be causing this, I went in for my regular dental checkup. The dentist said stop using toothpaste and flavored dental floss. Instead, I was told to use water or hydrogen peroxide and non-flavored floss. Within 3 days the metal taste in my mount disappeared. I have been able to use DoTerra toothpaste without a problem but might try Thieves after reading this post.

  84. Brush their little baby gums before they even have teeth. When those first little pearls pop through, they may find the action of brushing them soothing since they’ve been rubbed since birth. We recently got The Brushies which are good for babies 4 weeks up to children 4 years of age. Little Harold just turned 4 weeks, so we’ll be adding gum brushing with MoMo the Monkey into his nightly routine.

  85. Hi, Brush their little baby gums before they even have teeth. When those first little pearls pop through, they may find the action of brushing them soothing since they’ve been rubbed since birth. We recently got The Brushies which are good for babies 4 weeks up to children 4 years of age. Little Harold just turned 4 weeks, so we’ll be adding gum brushing with MoMo the Monkey into his nightly routine.

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