What The Heck Is In My "Natural" Toothpaste?
Thousands to choose from and dozens of "natural" brands.
Little tubes of goop that we don't think much about, yet most of us use it every single day. Toothpaste is a huge multi-million dollar industry, but do we even need it? And does it actually improve our dental health?
Toothpaste is another one of the many things that companies spend time and money on finding the perfect marketing campaign to convince you that you need...When you actually don't.
Commercial store-bought toothpastes can actually be harming your teeth, yes even "natural" toothpastes can contain many unhealthy ingredients.
Check out the ingredients in one common brands often found in the natural section of your grocery store:
Active Ingredients: Sodium fluoride. Other Ingredients: Hydrated silica, water, sorbitol, glycerin, xylitol, Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), natural flavors, xanthan gum, titanium dioxide, carrageenan, sodium hydroxide.
I'm not saying you don't need to clean your teeth, but you don't need commercial toothpaste to do so.
Did you know that when you brush is as important as what you use to brush with...I'll get to that in a moment.
First, I want to let you know what you should
always avoid in toothpaste:
always avoid in toothpaste:
SLS: Sodium laurel sulfate (and its cousin, sodium laureth sulfate) are synthetic foaming agents belonging to a class of chemicals called nitrosamating agents, which are becoming well known for their ability to cause cancer and other serious illnesses. Another uncomfortable side effect which many people suffer from can be directly attributed to the use of SLS in toothpastes and that's various degrees of mouth sores and ulcers.
Lead, yes lead. If lead in lipstick is not bad enough, what about lead in toothpaste? Lead is a contaminate and not actually listed as an ingredient. In 2005, as a result of a lawsuit, Proctor & Gamble conceded that its Crest brand of toothpaste contained high levels of lead. Proctor & Gamble agreed to reduce the levels of lead in its toothpastes by 25% ...Do we want any lead in our toothpaste - Really?
Triclosan: Some commercial toothpastes also contain a pesticide called triclosan, a toxic compound which can promote cancer. "And don't think you are safe once you rinse it all out of your mouth: research shows that it can remain in your mouth after brushing for up to 12 hours, and can be easily absorbed into the tongue and through mucus into the body. (Children are at the greatest risk, as they tend to swallow their toothpaste more while brushing their teeth.) -Natural News
Fluoride (sodium fluoride) is another toxic substance which has no place in your toothpaste. Fluoride is a waste product from the aluminum industry disposed of in our products. If you think flouride is good for your teeth, think again.
Studies now show that fluoride does not reduce cavities, scientists are now linking fluoride to dental deformity, arthritis, allergic reactions and about 10,000 unnecessary deaths each year from cancer. Mauer, et.al. “Fluoride an equivocal carcinogen, J. National Cancer Institute 82, 1118-26, 1990
Fluoride can actually cause dental fluorosis by damaging the cells (ameloblasts) which produce the tooth's enamel. The resulting discoloration of teeth can range from white spots in the mild forms of the disorder to brownish and black stains in the the moderate and severe forms. (See pictures here). According to fluorideealert.org, One of the little-known facts about fluoride toothpaste, is that each tube of toothpaste - even those specifically marketed for children - contains enough fluoride to kill a child.
Parabens and propylene glycol, artificial colors & flavors, sugars, sweetners and many more harmful ingredients are often found in commercial toothpaste.
That's why many have turned to "natural" toothpastes...
But wait - read this...
But wait - read this...
While some "natural" toothpastes may be better than others, many commercially formulated "natural" toothpastes found at your grocery store still contain ingredients which can be harmful to your teeth.
Ingredients: Calcium carbonate, aqua (water), glycerin, sodium cocoyl glutamate, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, carrageenan, aloe barbadensis leaf gel*, bambusa arundinacea stem powder, carum petroselinum (parsley) extract, citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract, perilla ocymoides seed extract, stevia rebaudiana extract, silica, sodium bicarbonate.
Glycerin is a sticky substance which coats the teeth and prevents re-minerization. Re-mineralization is a natural process for building and maintaining tooth enamel. After brushing with a toothpaste containing glycerin, your teeth get coated in glycerin preventing penetration of minerals to your enamel.
This sticky substance can remain on your teeth for more than 20 rinses and leaves your teeth coated. It is also said that glycerin combined with peroxide can actually draw water out of the enamel and cause sensitive teeth - Ouch.
If you want to know just how long glycerin coating stays on your teeth try this simple test: Smear some of your toothpaste on a clean enamel sink. Try to rinse it off and watch the water beading on the area where the toothpaste was rubbed...this is caused by the sticky glycerin. See how many times you will have to keep rinsing and rinsing to remove it!
Xylitol, is a highly processed sugar alcohol. It is touted for be good for teeth, killing bacteria which causes tooth decay. Alcohol or even sugar may do that but can also be dehydrating to the mouth and gums. There have been no long-term studies to date on the safety of xylitol. According to Natural News, In lab tests, xylitol will kill a rat 50% of the time in a dosage of 16.5 grams of xylitol for every 1000 grams of rat. Medium rats weigh 100-120 grams, or say .25 pounds. That means, to kill a 100 gram rat, you need only to get the rat to consume, 1.65 grams of xylitol.
Sorbitol is another sugar alcohol which has been recently shown to cause digestive upsets. Sugar substitutes are highly processed synthetic ingredients which are completely unnecessary for good dental hygiene.
Sodium cocoyl glutamate is a questionable ingredient found in many "natural" toothpastes. It is a sudsing surfactant ingredient derived from glutamaic acid, which is said to be a hidden source of MSG.
How to have clean teeth without chemicals & sticky coatings:
Floss: First of all for healthy teeth and gums, flossing regularly is actually just as important, if not more important than brushing, bacteria causing tooth decay and bad breath is more likely to happen in the crevices between your teeth. A good quality un-waxed floss is best. Waxes on floss can be petroleum based.
Get a good quality soft toothbrush. I made the mistake of brushing to vigorous with a medium to hard toothbrush which damaged my gums causing recession. Your gums protect your teeth, and good healthy tight gums prevents food from getting between your teeth.
Brush longer not harder. Again be gentle with your gums by taking your time and brushing your teeth gently, scrubbing hard only wears away your gums, causes recession and actually can etch your enamle making it more prone to staining.
Don't brush right after eating. Most people brush too soon after eating which can actually damage your enamel. After eating, acids from food and drinks soften and weaken your enamel, but your saliva goes straight to work, neutralizing the acid and re-mineralizing your teeth. Waiting 30 minutes after eating will give your saliva time to do its job before brushing.
Oil cleans better than paste. It really does. Ever try to peel a label off a glass jar? You're left with paper stuck to sticky glue. Try rubbing some oil into the glue and you will see how well it loosens up sticky stuff. Oil will do the same for your teeth. A good organic coconut, sunflower or sesame oil not only helps remove sticky residues from your teeth but also lubricates your toothbrush, strengthens & moisturizes your gums and contains minerals which are good for your teeth. Organic coconut oil also has antibacterial properties.
For fresh breath, using a strong brewed herbal tea as a mouthwash, or adding organic steam-distilled essential oils and/or herbs to your tooth oil will give you fresh breath without harming your heath.
You can make your own cost-effective toothpaste with simple ingredients for healthy teeth and gums.
If you would rather purchase a toothpaste, look for a good quality organic tooth oil, tooth powder or paste which does not contain any of the above ingredients.
Some of my recommendations for safer glycerin-free tooth cleansers:
Make your own - Click here for the simple recipe.
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Ingredients: purified water, organic virgin coconut oil, baking soda, xanthum gum, wildcrafted myrrh powder, stevia, and organic essential oils of cinnamon and clove.
Ingredients: Purified Water (pure water), Calcium Carbonate (a natural mineral tooth polish), Ginger (organic), Thyme (organic) & Guar Gum (natural plant gum).
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