In an effort to reduce the chemicals in our bodies, my boyfriend and I try to go organic and chemical-free as much as possible. This includes toiletries and similar products. Flashback two years ago when we made this conscious decision, we bought a mushroom-based toothpaste. It did not contain sulfates and detergents so we were happy about that. However, it did not do the trick as it left a still-slimy residue in the mouth. Then I discovered Enzim Toothpaste.
When I was doing my grocery shopping yesterday, I found this toothpaste because of the vast PROMO sign in front of it. It was Rp 2,000 cheaper than the other brand I buy (which says it’s organic and natural) so I decided to go check it out. It’s called Enzim and fortunately the packaging also comes in English – I found out that it doesn’t have ANY detergent in it, but rather it works with enzymes. According to the product copy, it says:
Enzim toothpaste contains 5 (five) active natural Enzymes (sic), help to prevent against cavities in teeth, keep your teeth and whole oral environment healthy and fresh.
The toothpaste lists down the following enzymes in the ingredients list: glucose oxidase, potassium thiocyanate, lysozyme, lactoferrin and lactoperoxidase. Glucose oxidase breaks down glucose (sugar) into hydrogen. Potassium thiocyanate is an important salt that aids in breaking down chemicals and I’m not sure why is this an addendum to the toothpaste so please, if you’re a chemist, explain it to me. Lysozyme is a naturally-occurring enzyme found in bodily secretions like tears, saliva, mucus and human milk. It breaks down bacteria. Lactoferrin is a protein that also acts as an antibiotic as it has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Lastly lactoperoxidase is another enzyme that is naturally-occurring on mucus like saliva and milk and is also antibacterial.
How cool is that? A toothpaste that uses our natural enzymes to keep our teeth clean! No outward resourcing too, kinda like an immune system plug-in, or aided immune system boost.
So I’m sold with the premise, right? But I was also sold with the mushroom toothpaste. The verdict lies on the experience of toothbrushing itself. Will it give me a nice, clean feeling afterwards?
This toothpaste has special directions on it. A big sign on the box says:
DRY BRUSHING WITHOUT WATERING TOOTHBRUSH AND MOUTH. BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR TWO MINUTES THEN GARGLE.
Got that, clear as crystal. So I opened the tube, and clear liquid oozed out, like they do in yogurt sometimes. I thought, “Is this alive?” and pushed the thought aside and dry brushed my teeth facing the clock (I was timing it). To my surprise, it bubbled like a normal (detergent) toothpaste and tasted like one too. It was smooth and watery, and didn’t need “watering” as per the label suggests. I finished after two minutes with a nice clean feeling on my teeth, and with a fresh minty breath too, so yay it worked!
I suggest you try Enzim Toothpaste because it has a lot less chemicals than other brands out there. The effect is the same, if not better in the long run as these natural components are not abrasive at all. It’s also cheaper than most brands, but be careful as this is on the promo category still! Prices might increase if the public has discovered it so, go now!