Shortly after I published my review of Essential Oxygen certified organic toothpaste, I received a lot of questions about other toothpastes you use. As always I looked into the toothpastes you suggested and could not help but try this activated charcoal toothpaste made by Dr. Brite. I was able to meet in person with the co-founder of Dr. Brite, Dr. Paris Sabo, and am impressed with her dedication to healthy living. I was glad to see that Dr. Brite carries a toothpaste for kids, in Berrylicious flavor, so I got it for my 6-year-old son and Mint flavor for me.
Once upon a time, I let my son try a strawberry-flavored toothpaste. Since then, he has refused to use any toothpaste with any other flavors, even raspberry.
Dr. Brite does not have strawberry flavor. So in order for him to agree to try it, I mixed Dr. Brite activated charcoal toothpaste for kids into his usual toothpaste. He detected a new flavor immediately and protested even though he liked it. He said, “I like it but I don’t want it.” So we made an agreement that we alternate, and use Dr. Brite toothpaste for kids in the morning only.
He agreed and eventually got used to it and stopped asking for the other toothpaste. As I thought, he liked the flavor but protested because he’s six.
As you might know, activated charcoal has recently become a very popular trend as a teeth-whitening powder. I was skeptical about the whole process and did not feel enthusiastic about filling my mouth with charcoal powder. So I never tried it.
When I saw activated charcoal as one of the ingredients in this Dr. Brite activated charcoal toothpaste, I was intrigued. It has been a month since I have been using Dr. Brite Mint activated charcoal toothpaste and I can assure you that my teeth have become whiter. I am very pleased with the fact that this organic toothpaste is easy to use. It works as a typical toothpaste. You should know that there are risks associated with the use of activated charcoal powder, including making a mess and staining clothes.
Now, without further ado, let’s decipher each ingredient of Dr. Brite Berrylicious Toothpaste for kids.
And for those who like to use products that have been EWG Verified (you can find the rating here), I am pleased to tell you that all Dr. Brite mint and berrylicious toothpastes, as well as their mint mouthwash, have been EWG Verified. And all ingredients are rated 1 (10 being most toxic) and there are no ingredients with no data, which is quite a common and frustrating phenomenon. So this is really encouraging!
Here is a full list of ingredients of Dr. Brite Berrylicious Toothpaste for Kids
Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Soy-Free Vegetable Glycerin**, Calcium Carbonate (Mineral), Hydrated Silica (Mineral), Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil)*, Xanthan Gum (Natural Thickener), Potassium Cocoate (Organic Coconut Oil Derived)*, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Non-Acidic Vitamin C)**, Organic Fragaria Sinensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract/Powder*, Organic Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract*, Organic Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Oil*, Siraitia Grosvenorii (Monk Fruit) Extract, Hexane-Free Organic Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract*, Organic Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Extract*, Carbon (Activated Charcoal Coconut Derived)*, *certified organic ingredient ** non-GMO
Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice: It is rated 1-3 with limited data in the Skin Deep database. It is rated 1 as it is used in Dr. Brite’s toothpaste. This ingredient has great moisturizing and healing properties and is widely used in natural shampoos, conditioners, body washes, lotions, and toothpastes to name a few. Because of the popularity of aloe vera, the FDA decided to test it a few years ago. (I wish they would focus their attention on testing Monsanto pesticides.) A test was conducted in which rats were fed high doses of aloe vera juice for 2 years. Based on the fact that the rats developed tumors of the large intestine, decolorized (unfiltered) aloe vera was proclaimed a carcinogen by the US National Toxicology Program and International Agency on Research for Cancer (source).
If the whole plant of aloe vera is used, it needs to be filtered to reduce aloin content. Dr. Brite uses organic aloe vera that does not contain the outer leaf, which is the only source of aloin in the aloe vera plant, and it is the compound in aloe vera associated with increased cancer risk. Thus, there is no need for Dr. Brite to use de-colorized (filtered) aloe vera.
By the way, in order to verify products, EWG requests documentation for each ingredient.
Soy-Free Vegetable Glycerin: It is a safe moisturizing ingredient but “penalized” by the EWG if it is of animal origin. The glycerin used in Dr. Brite activated charcoal toothpaste is plant-based, and so is rated 1 with good data available in the EWG Skin Deep database.
Calcium Carbonate: Because there is no fluoride in Dr. Brite activated charcoal toothpaste, I am so happy to see calcium in Dr. Brite toothpaste for kids. Studies show that calcium is as effective as fluoride in remineralization of the teeth (read more here and here) and is recommended as a safe alternative to fluoride.
Hydrated Silica: It is a form of silicon dioxide (aka sand), a natural part of Earth’s crust, and is used in food as an anticaking agent without any known adverse health effects. It helps gently polish and remove plaque from the teeth.
Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil): I am glad to see organic coconut oil in this organic toothpaste as it is known for its healing and hygienic properties and is used in oil pulling, which many find beneficial. You can read more about that on Dr. Mercola’s website.
Xanthan Gum: It is used in food for its thickening properties. It is a polysaccharide produced by fermentation of sugars. While I am not a fan of xanthan gum, or any food made with it for that matter, I believe it is safe in a toothpaste and in fact it is an ingredient that helps the toothpaste to stay on the toothbrush and resemble a conventional toothpaste in texture.
Potassium Cocoate: This is a saponified coconut oil, a traditional and safe way to make natural soap.
Ascorbyl Palmitate: It is a stable form of vitamin C (source), commonly used in food and cosmetic preparations.
Botanical Extracts to enhance flavor: Organic Fragaria Sinensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract/Powder, Organic Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Organic Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Oil*, Siraitia Grosvenorii (Monk Fruit) Extract, Hexane-Free Organic Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract.
Stevia: is a plant sweetener that does not have side effects associated with sugar (to read more about stevia, go here).
Carbon (Activated Charcoal Coconut Derived): Activated charcoal and activated carbon are the same thing and the words are used interchangeably. The reason it is called “activated” is that after heating coconut at an extremely high temperature, it creates hollow carbon molecules, which increases the surface area significantly (source). In conventional medicine, it is used for detoxifying the body from drug and alcohol overdose or excessive gas (source). In alternative medicine, activated charcoal is used to remove mold spores from the body. I actually took activated charcoal internally for mold detoxification, and the test I took after the treatment showed a successful outcome. I have read everything I could find on possible contaminants in the activated charcoal and found none. You would think that it would contain carcinogenic acrylamide that is found in grilled meat and french fries. However, it appears that because activated charcoal is made at very extreme temperatures, acrylamides are not present in the activated charcoal anymore. By the same token, dark roasted coffee has less acrylamides than light roasted coffee (source).
So, as you can see, I believe Dr. Brite activated charcoal toothpaste for kids is safe to use. You might try it on your kids or yourself if you decided not to buy Essential Oxygen. If you like Essential Oxygen certified organic toothpaste keep using it – there is no particular reason to switch. It is a matter of a personal preference.
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