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Have you ever taken a pottery class before? Even if you haven’t, you know that clay is the key ingredient in creating bowls, pots and sculptures. This special kind of dirt is found almost everywhere in the world. There is a type of clay out there that’s even good for your teeth.
Sounds weird, right?
Well, Earthpaste all natural toothpaste uses Redmond clay (along with several other ingredients) to deliver clean teeth without the use of harmful chemicals or contaminants. It’s pretty unexpected that clay can help improve your dental health. How does it work? We found out in our full Earthpaste review.
This ingredient forms the base of the toothpaste, giving it a brownish hue and a thick texture. Redmond clay helps your teeth in a couple of ways.
First, it is very basic in pH, around 9 to 9.5. A more acidic pH in the mouth causes bacteria to proliferate. Redmond clay works to neutralize pH reducing the amount of harmful beasties living in your mouth.
Redmond clay also helps polish the enamel on your teeth, promoting whiteness. The gentle yet still abrasive effect helps reduce plaque build up as well.
Now you know that a simple type of clay can bring benefits to your dental health. But what are the other ingredients besides a type of dirt?
The Other Stuff
Earthpaste contains a plethora of all natural ingredients to help your teeth.
For example, there’s xylitol, a sugar free sweetener that promotes salivation and lowers pH.
There are also several essential oils in the toothpaste. One of them, tea tree oil, has been shown to have strong antimicrobial properties. Tea tree oil is great for your gums as well.
Earthpaste combines the unique effects of redmond clay with strong essential oils to promote all natural dental health.
How It Feels
Out of the tube, Earthpaste looks as one would expect: brown. The toothpaste is similar in color to a nice cafe latte. It’s fairly thick and takes a little more effort than normal to get out of the tube.
Since there are no natural or artificial foaming agents in the paste, it hardly produces any foam at all. If you’ve got any experience using all natural toothpastes, this is normal and expected. To those who don’t: don’t worry! It’s still just as effective.
I bought the toothpaste in a pack of four so I had the opportunity to try all four of Earthpaste’s flavors. It comes in lemon, wintergreen, peppermint. and cinnamon. I am particularly fond of the lemon. It’s tangy but not overpowering or sour.
The peppermint is really subdued while the wintergreen is more minty. The cinnamon is a great alternative for those who don’t like mint and it does not burn like Red hots or other typical cinnamon flavored products.
The main drawback that will scare off many (uninformed people) is the warning label saying “Earthpaste contains lead”.
“Lead in toothpaste?! Why would you even recommend this product in the first place?”
Before rejecting the product outright, do a little research first.
Proposition 65 in California requires that non-food products carry warning labels if they contain trace amounts of over 900 substances including lead. Bentonite or Redmond clay contains a tiny, tiny amount of lead.
So, just to be legally cautious, the company decided to put the Prop. 65 warning label on Earthpaste. In fact, earthpaste contains less lead in it than spinach, mixed nuts, collard greens and tons of other foods we eat every day. There is literally no reason at all to be concerned about the warning label or the amount of lead in the toothpaste.
Aside from the warning label, it’s hard to list any noteworthy negatives of the toothpaste. Me, along with a few other users noticed that the tube is really stiff and does not squish very easily when the tube gets low. This is just an inconvenience more than anything else.
Earthpaste Review Wrap Up
Earthpaste is one of the few all natural toothpastes on the market that’s truly 100% all natural. It relies on what can be found beneath our feet or growing out in nature.
The use of Redmond clay is unique and provides great dental health benefits. It neutralizes pH and scours the surface of your teeth of harmful bacteria. It’s combined with the other all natural ingredients to provide many different health benefits. Xylitol also keeps the pH neutral while the essential oils add both flavor and antimicrobial properties to the paste.
Earthpaste itself is not really unpleasant to use other than the somewhat annoying tube. It doesn’t foam up a whole lot, and the tastes are pretty mild. At least, the different flavor choices help since some may want an alternative to the usual mint flavors.
Again, the only major drawback is the scary warning label on the toothpaste concerning lead content. Remember, it’s only included because the company wanted to get ahead of regulations in California. It contains much less lead than the common foods we eat.
Yes, the same dirt we use to make pottery can be used to help promote a cleaner, healthier smile.