Ingredients found in conventional toothpastes — including sodium fluoride, synthetic dyes derived from petroleum or coal tar, sodium hydroxide (also known as lye or caustic soda), sodium lauryl sulfate, titanium dioxide, artificial sweeteners, and triclosan — might make us think twice about the products we employ for the sake of our teeth.
Of course, we’re not actively swallowing the stuff, but the gums absorb it, and it’s unavoidable that a bit will slink down the gullet from time to time. And given that most of us brush our teeth over 700 times a year, there’s no shortage of opportunity to ingest ingredients better left in the lab. It’s time to get crafty and create your own toothpaste that will leave your breath minty clean.
Here are some other nasty compounds found in commercial toothpaste (quoted from the website AskTheDentist):
- Triclosan, a pesticide and hormone disruptor.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which causes canker sores for many people.
- Artificial colorings linked to ADHD and hyperactivity in children. Toothpaste does not need to be blue!
- Fluoride, which can be toxic if swallowed and doesn’t even work in toothpaste.
- Titanium dioxide, which is added to make a toothpaste white. Most of the data shows it’s safe and is not absorbed by the skin, but I have yet to find a study done to measure absorption by oral tissues. The EWG has a good list of safety concerns around titanium dioxide, but the take-home message: it’s just there to make toothpaste white, not improve your health. So why bother with it?
- Glycerin, which isn’t toxic, but has no place in the mouth as it’s a soap that strips your body’s natural oral mucosa and leaves a film. This film could coat the teeth, messing with the structure of the biofilm which could alter the microbiome in the mouth and impact the natural remineralization process — your body’s natural cavity-fighting mechanism.
- Highly abrasive ingredients, which damage enamel, making teeth sensitive and more prone to gum recession and cavities. Toothpaste should be only a little bit abrasive — this graininess aids the brushing motion to remove the biofilm of the tooth.
The most controversial of all the ingredients is fluoride. Although fluoride has been proven to cause neurotoxicity, very little published research has elaborated on acute fluoride poisoning and neurotoxicity in adults and children.
A study published in Neurologia showed that the prolonged ingestion of fluoride may cause significant damage to health and particularly to the nervous system. A report in a peer-reviewed open access journal published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies to investigate the effects of increased fluoride exposure and delayed neurobehavioral development. The results confirmed toxicity to the brain.
Most people are quite shocked when they review the following info-graphic on fluoride levels in water and toothpaste:
Thankfully you can eliminate fluoride from your dental routine by making your own natural and effective toothpaste.
Make Your Own Toothpaste
Recipe #1 –
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, finely ground
- 10 drops peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil
- few drops of water
Recipe #2 –
- 6 teaspoon baking soda
- *1/4 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide (optional, as heavy daily use could damage teeth)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (must be liquid)
- 10 drops peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil
Recipe #3 –
- 5 parts Calcium Magnesium Powder
- 2 parts Baking Soda
- 3-5 parts coconut oil to get desired texture
- Optional ingredients: Essential oils for flavor (mint, cinnamon, and orange are all good), Grapefruit Seed Extract, Myrrh and Trace Minerals
- 3 parts Xylitol powder (alcohol sugar) – this ingredient is not completely necessary, but just keeps it from tasting bitter
To keep things simple, just use a teaspoon or tablespoon, depending on the size batch you are making.
1. Mix all powdered ingredients well in a bowl. If you are starting with tablets, powder them in a food processor. If you are starting with capsules, dump them out into the bowl.
2. Add oil one part at a time until you get desired consistency.
3. Add any optional ingredients, including Essential Oils for flavor.
4. Store in small container like 1/2 pint glass jar. To use, either dip clean toothbrush into it, or use popsicle stick or spoon to put on toothbrush.
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Previous articles by April:
- Scientists Find That The Human Body Kills Spontaneous Cancers Daily
- Mobile Phone Use in Children and Teens Translates to 5 Times Increase in Brain Cancer Rates
- 14 Things People Probably Do Not Want To Know About Their Favorite Foods
About the author:
April McCarthy is a community journalist playing an active role reporting and analyzing world events to advance our health and eco-friendly initiatives.
This article was reposted with the express permission of the kind crew at preventdisease.com
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