What's Bad About Toothpaste?
What can possibly be "bad" about toothpaste you ask.
Well, just about everything.
You probably won't know from reading the label because the ingredients look innocuous and the toothpaste companies aren't required to warn you about any of them.
Here are some chemical additives in toothpaste that actually harm your teeth and your body.
Fluoride - This is a byproduct of industrial waste (believe it or not). Manufacturing companies thought that they would sell this to utility companies, since it was costly to dispose of, and add it to our water. Since natural fluoride can have an effect on slowing down tooth decay, dentists and toothpaste manufacturers became part of the ploy.This was all done under the guise of preventing tooth decay. These companies had good marketing skills and despite being internationally recognized as a poison, fluoride is still blindly recommended by dentists as a preventative measure for tooth decay.
Many studies on this process of "fluoridization" to our water have been done. One such study conducted in England had the following results:
"The salts put into the water supply, sodium fluoride or silicofluorides, are industrial products never found in natural water or in organisms. They are, furthermore, notoriously toxic, sufficiently so to be used as rat poison or insecticide. Calcium fluoride, on the other hand, which is the form commonly found in natural waters, is not toxic." — Dr. C. G. Dobbs, (Ph.D., A.R.C.S.) Bangor, Wales, England.
Sodium fluoride which is found in most commercial toothpaste causes demineralization by removing the calcium from teeth which in the long term discolors them and makes them brittle. Here's an alternative product that will clean your teeth without any fluoride. To learn more about this product click here
Saccharin - People ingest this artificial sweetener without realizing the harm to their health. Saccharin was banned in the 70's because it proved to cause severe health problems to rats in laboratories. However, because people liked the taste the ban was lifted.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) - This is used in many products to make suds. In toothpaste it's used as a thickening agent. It makes your mouth feel that something exciting is happening especially if menthol is added.
Remember that toothpaste doesn't clean your teeth. It's the scrubbing motion of the brush that does that. Electric toothbrushes also do the important job of stimulating your gums.
Both the University of Mary Washington and North Washington Health Sciences University warn that SLS attacks the mucus membranes in the mouth, altering the structure of the skin. Some people believe that SLS allows more chemicals and toxins to enter the body by modifying skin structure. These chemicals may include other ingredients in toothpaste, or materials found in mouthwash or other cleansing products. This greater volume of chemicals leads to an elevated level of toxins in the bloodstream, which impacts health.
SLS may be blamed for some cases of chronic bad breath. This chemical can contribute to an ailment called dry mouth, in which the mouth produces less saliva than it should.
Saliva is rich in oxygen, and without it, the mouth becomes anaerobic, which is a perfect environment for anaerobic bacteria. These bacteria produce sulfur as a waste product. When these bacteria find an environment in which they can thrive, the amount of sulfur in your mouth rises, making your breath smell bad and causing an unpleasant taste. Using a toothpaste that does not contain SLS can help you end this problem.
Glycerin - Glycerin is put in toothpaste to make it smooth and less "chalky". However, when your teeth are coated with glycerin, bacteria is encapsulated. This seemingly harmless ingredient coats your teeth and prevents re-enamalization. Teeth are designed to regenerate themselves but that cannot happen if they are coated.
Some dentists believe that teeth can regenerate enamel that has been destroyed by acids. However, your teeth need to be clean of all coatings in order to absorb the calcium and other minerals that can help protect them.
Avoid using any toothpaste containing glycerin.
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