Did you know that many toothpastes can harm
your teeth and gums?
Most commercial toothpastes contain harmful ingredients and abrasives, that not only cause tooth and gum damage, but can also damage your health.
We have been told that fluoride is good for our teeth but just how safe are toothpastes containing sodium fluoride? Fluoride has been linked to a broad range of illnesses from allergies to Cancer. Read more about fluoride by visiting the Fluoride Action Network.
Perhaps one of the worst ingredients found in most store bought toothpastes is sodium laurel sulfate. SLS has been known to cause mouth ulcers (canker sores) it irritates the mucous membranes (And it's in toothpaste???!!!)It is toxic to the kidneys and liver and can trigger eczema and skin disorders, just to name a few.
There are several other known or possible toxic ingredients in many toothpastes such as sodium saccharin, polyethylene, parabens and synthetic colorants such as Blue Lake #1, D & C Red #30 Lake, and FD & C Blue #1 Lake.
What's the point of getting into all of that, by now you can tell that regular toothpaste is not fit for your teeth or your health.
So now I want to get into the fun stuff...How you can use everyday ingredients to get healthy white teeth naturally without affecting your health.
First of all don't over brush your teeth and use the softest brush possible. I learned my lesson the hard way. Over brushing and brushing too hard not only causes gum recession but can actually cause your teeth to appear dull and more yellow as you brush away the enamel on the surface.
Floss regularly using a natural waxed floss.
Even dentists agree that toothpaste is not necessary for cleaning the teeth. Toothpaste simply masks odors as you brush your teeth and may make your breath feel fresher.
Simply dip your toothbrush in a little oil and brush your teeth.
For those who prefer a fresh flavor buy a good quality organic essential oil and add a few drops to your tooth oil. Mountain Rose Herbs have wonderful essential oils. For fresh breath try peppermint, spearmint, lemon, tangerine, orange, anise, clove or cinnamon.
Oil pulling with organic sunflower or sesame oil also helps restore receded gums. this technique has been used for centuries by Ayurvedic practitioners not only to promote healthy gums and teeth but for other health complaints.
For extra whitening, you can brush once a week with activated charcoal. Activated Charcoal is one of the safest ways to whiten and deodorize your teeth. Simply dip a wet brush in the charcoal and brush your teeth. Rinse well and brush again with oil.
For those who still prefer a tube of toothpaste, The best I could find is the Jason Natural Products Toothpaste Oral Comfort Non-Fluoride CoQ10 Gel. It has a light fresh berry mint flavor which is not too overpowering. It does not contain any of the nasty ingredients in commercial toothpastes and is quite gentle. My husband loves this toothpaste and finds that his teeth have not been sensitive since switching to this product.
Also, for some very interesting information on preventing and healing tooth decay through a diet of cultured foods, real pastured butter and other dental healing foods...please watch the videos below:
Book: Cure Tooth Decay
For Canadians: Book: Cure Tooth Decay
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