Say no to toxins
And goodbye to toothpaste OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
In 2005, as a result of a lawsuit, Proctor & Gamble conceded that its Crest brand of toothpaste contained high levels of lead.
The research demonstrated that almost all toothpaste products contain significant levels of lead, said the American Environmental Safety Institute, a heavy metal known
to be hazardous to human health by causing cancer and birth defects. (Toxic Beauty, Samuel Epstein, p.164)
This lawsuit pushed Proctor & Gamble to agree to reduce lead levels in its toothpastes by 25 percent.
However, toxic metals arent the only thing to worry about in your toothpaste. Many commercial brand toothpastes contain ingredients such as Triclosan, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Fluoride, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Saccharin, Polyethylene, Blue Lake #1, D & C Red #30 Lake, and FD & C Blue #1 Lake.
Triclosan, an anti-bacterial that tests on animal and human cells have shown to be a hormone-disruptor.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is in many brands to encourage foaming, but is a particularly harsh detergent that can irritate tender gums especially if one is undergoing chemotherapy treatments. When ingested at high levels, it has been shown to be toxic to the liver and kidneys.
Scientific research has suggested that SLS can increase the risk of mouth ulcers. Study participants who brushed using SLS-free toothpaste reduced their number of canker sores by as much as 81 percent. Sodium Laurel Sulfate is a surfactant and detergent commonly used in engine degreaser, garage floor cleaners, and car wash soaps.
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Sodium Fluoride (aka Flouride) is a toxic chemical used in rat poison. Dentists recommend it for preventing cavities, but fluoride comes from the element fluorine, and can be very toxic if you swallow it. When ingested, it can damage the brain, reduce the function of the thyroid, and one study has indicated it may even increase risk of bone cancer. However, most dentists still believe that fluoride in your toothpastewhere youre not supposed to swallow it- is beneficial to your teeth, as it does counter the effect of plaque and makes the tooth more resistant to decay. Your choice!
Propylene Glycol is an industrial agent. It is commonly used to keep products moist and is also used in car antifreeze solutions and de-icing solutions for cars, airplanes, and boats.
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Sodium Saccharin is another ingredient in rat poison. In toothpaste, its a sweetener.
Polyethylene is PLASTIC.
Blue Lake, FD & C Lake, and all the Lakes are petroleum-derived dyes and known carcinogens. They are used in your toothpastes to give them colour.
Sugar alternatives are commonly found in oral hygiene and toothpaste products. They dont outright use sugar because toothpaste is supposed to fight against the damage of sugar so they use artificial sweeteners instead. Cheap and ineffective toothpastes usually resort to using saccharin or aspartame to cover the taste of their irritants and synthetic chemicals. Rather than putting such stuff in your mouth, try toothpastes that use xylitol. This mild, all-natural sweetener comes from corn husks and berry skins.
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Another harsh often-included ingredient is Hydrated Silica. A whitener in toothpastes, its abrasive, and can wear down our naturally protective tooth enamel. If youve got sensitive teeth and gums, this is one to avoid.
Your choice naturally simple!
You can decide whether or not you want to go for the fluoride, but as for the rest of the ingredients, we recommend you to shop for brands that stay away from toxic ingredients. Natural alternatives to commercial brand toothpastes, like Good-Gums tooth powder and alternative toothpaste brands like Toms of Maine, Herbal Choice, Ayurveda, Natures Gate, Green Beaver and Peelu are a good way to go. However, be aware that many natural toothpastes still may contain some no-no ingredients (like Sodium Laurel Sulfate) and often have powerful abrasives.
Even though natural toothpastes are better than commercial brands, they are not the most ideal solution. Most brands of toothpaste (natural and otherwise) contain glycerin. The problem with glycerin is that it coats the teeth. This glycerin coating is a big problem because it prevents calcium and other essential minerals from reaching the teeth. Current research shows that teeth can regenerate. If they are coated with glycerin though, teeth wont be able to remineralize and regenerate. (See research by Dr. Gerard F. Judd, PhD).
If teeth are to fully benefit from eating a nutrient dense diet, they should be completely clean and free from a glycerin coating on a daily basis.
Of course with the Soladey ionic toothbrush, toothpaste is unnecessary. So youve one less item to shop for, one less flavour to agree upon, one less level to monitor before it runs out, no ingredients to worry about, and your travel bag or camping backpack can be grams lighter!
Have you adopted a toxin-free toothpaste? Have you quit toothpaste altogether? Share with us your thoughts and experiences.