By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
July 17, 2017
- What are you brushing your teeth with?
- Toxic ingredients in your toothpaste
- Safe, non-toxic care for your teeth
These days toothpaste choices are endless. And they’re extremely confusing.
Should you choose the one that promises to whiten your teeth or the one that restores tooth enamel? Is it better to pick a toothpaste that prevents cavities or one that fights plaque and gingivitis?
The truth is, no matter which one you choose, it’s pretty much a given that it contains toxic chemicals.
While this may sound unlikely, toxins in tooth care products is much more widespread than you would think.
You see, when it comes to government regulations, toothpaste falls into a foggy cloud of obscurity. If it contains fluoride, then it’s an approved drug. If it doesn’t, it’s a cosmetic and has almost no health regulations.
This means a lot of harmful ingredients are slipping by regulators and ending up in the toothpaste you expect to keep your smile bright and healthy.
Is Your Toothpaste Toxic?
The tissue and membranes in your mouth are extremely effective at absorbing chemicals. This is why doctors advise heart patients to place nitroglycerin pills under their tongue to prevent a heart attack. It speeds up the delivery.
It also means that anything and everything you put into your mouth – lifesaving or otherwise – will immediately make its way into your bloodstream.
So when you’re brushing your teeth, you’re likely get small but dangerous doses of…
Fluoride. If you haven’t already heard the news, fluoride is a neurotoxin. Once it gets into your brain, it can damage your central nervous system. It has a direct link to thyroid gland underactivity via displacing critical iodine from thyroid production and may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. Animal studies even show it can cause DNA damage and alter gene expression.
We already get too much of this unwanted and unhealthy compound in our water supply. There’s no reason to add to the problem by choosing toothpastes that contain it.
Carrageenan. This highly controversial food additive thickens, stabilizes, and acts as an emulsifier in many processed foods. It’s also a common ingredient in toothpaste.
Well, guess what? This substance is so inflammatory that researchers use it to induce acute inflammation in lab animals when they conduct studies on anti-inflammatory drugs. Additionally, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies it as a “possible human carcinogen.” Need I say more?
Formaldehyde. Certain preservatives in toothpaste may release dangerous formaldehyde compounds. This chemical is easily absorbed by both your skin and the mucosal lining of your mouth. At the same time, your toothpaste could release it in the form of a gas that can be inhaled.
The problem is that formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen. And exposure to it is linked to the development of several different types of cancer.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want this chemical – which is used in embalming fluid – anywhere near me while I’m still living!
Triclosan. This is an antibacterial ingredient that was banned for use in liquid hand and body soaps last year. But you can still find it in some brands of toothpaste.
This can be a real problem. That’s because it can disrupt your endocrine system and affect levels of your sex hormones. It also suppresses thyroid function, impairs muscle function and promotes liver disease.
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG). This is a humectant that keeps your toothpaste from drying out. But if your toothpaste contains harmful ingredients, PEGs can actually make it easier for those dangerous substances to enter your bloodstream. The higher the PEG number, the easier it is to penetrate the skin and mucosa (i.e., PEG-100 vs PEG-32).
These are only a handful of unwanted ingredients that may be hiding in your toothpaste. This makes it extremely important to choose the safest and most natural tooth care available to you.
The Safest Toothpastes for Your Good Health
I’ll be entirely honest with you.
There are many harmful substances in our world today. And while you can’t avoid all of them, it’s vitally important that you steer clear of the ones you can.
This makes selecting a safe, non-toxic toothpaste a very easy choice. It’s one little thing you can do to can protect your health. And when you combine it with other healthy life choices, it can make a big difference in your life outcome.
The best toothpaste is one you make at home. And baking soda is a great choice for this.
Now, some people use baking soda right out of the box. But you can enhance it by mixing it with coconut oil and a little cinnamon or peppermint essential oil. (Coconut oil acts as an antibacterial to keep your mouth clean, and the oils give you a minty freshness.)
It’s super easy. Just use equal parts baking soda and coconut oil – say 4 tablespoons each – and add 15 or 20 drops of essential oil. Then, blend and brush.
If you’d rather use a toothpaste out of the tube, visit the Cornucopia Institute’s toothpaste scorecard. These folks have done all of the hard for you, and identified the safest toothpastes in America today.
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