Did you know that your generic supermarket brand toothpastes are highly toxic? I’m talking about your Colgate, McLeans and Crest brand toothpastes here. These are just a few of the many brands found to contain highly toxic ingredients linked to severe long-term health issues by leading scientists. These same chemicals can also be found in the “kids” versions too.
Take a look at the list below which shows just a few of the nasty chemicals lurking in the most prevalent commercial brands; some of which have received major scientific criticism…
Triclosan has received an unprecedented amount of exposure in mainstream media, and for good reason. Generally, mainstream media don’t want to touch the topic of toxic chemicals in household items with a 10 foot barge pole, but triclosan has received so much scientific backlash that there was little other choice than to inform the public. Aside from toothpastes, it has also been found in a variety of different personal care products such as deodorants, antibacterial soaps, shampoos and shower gels. Originally, triclosan was registered by the Environmental Protection Agency as a pesticide in 1969, yet somehow found its way into a wide array of different personal care products. In various clinical studies, triclosan has been linked to heart disease, heart failure, muscle function impairment, skeletal muscle contractility issues and alteration of the body’s regulation of hormones. It is also known to imitate the function of the hormone “oestrogen” which is known to increase the risk of breast cancer.
Widely used in almost all commercial toothpastes, sodium fluoride is actually a by product of the aluminium manufacturing industry and is added to various pesticides and rat poisons. While sodium fluoride has been added to toothpastes under the guise of “protecting and strengthening your teeth”, make no mistake it is a highly toxic ingredient that has been known to cause a wide array of life-threatening illnesses, especially neurological disorders which have been thoroughly documented in clinical studies. Aside from the neurological disorders, sodium fluoride has also been documented to increase the risk of other health problems such as cancer, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, infertility, dental and skeletal fluorosis, tooth decay (surprisingly), thyroid disease and a condition known as fluoroderma (acne like papulonodular eruptions particularly around the mouth, jaw and earlobes).
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
In a wide variety of different personal care products, sodium lauryl sulphate is found as an ingredient. Sodium lauryl sulphate actually offers no benefit to personal care products other than the ability to make these products foam when rubbed on the skin. While there have been no long-term studies conducted on sodium lauryl sulphate, in short term studies it has been demonstrated to cause desquamation of oral epithelium and burning since it has been found to be a corrosive irritant which strips the skin of protective oils and is also known to cause canker sores. In other scientific studies, sodium lauryl sulphate has been demonstrated to be a highly carcinogenic substance that accumulates in the heart, liver, lungs and brain; though the evidence was gathered after maximum exposure to the substance. It is unclear what the long-term effects of sodium lauryl sulphate are with the limited exposure the average person has on a day-to-day basis due to lack of scientific studies, however sodium lauryl sulphate is known to stay within the system for up to 5 days, therefore it would be valuable to know exactly what the long-term effects could be from repeated exposure.
Glycerol, also known as glycerin or glycerine is a component in the majority of commercial toothpastes. According to Dr Gerard F Judd (professor emeritus of chemistry & dental researcher), glycerol forms a barrier on the teeth that prevents saliva from properly re-mineralising the teeth leading to weak tooth enamel. While there have been relatively few studies demonstrating this effect, one study in particular demonstrated a decrease in micro-hardness of teeth after treatment with glycerol and additionally demonstrated that the initial micro-hardness levels were unable to be recovered when exposed to artificial saliva for 14 days, though there was a slight improvement.
The Healthy Option…
Sodium fluoride and triclosan, are two of the most deadly ingredients identified by scientists that are found in virtually every commercial toothpaste available on the market. So next time you head out to grab some toothpaste, you might want to make sure these two ingredients are not lurking around. Some of the best natural toothpastes on the market are those that are labelled as 100% organic or Ayurvedic” toothpastes“, which can be found in your local health store or online.
While commercial toothpastes are a potent source of toxicity, they are just the tip of the iceberg; many of these ingredients and more are also present in the majority of personal care products that you are using on a day to day basis, such as deodorants (linked to breast cancer and heart failure); this combined toxicity that you’re being bombarded with everyday can add up to some excessively high levels within your bloodstream so it’s important that you minimise your exposure to them to the best of your abilities.
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How to Make Natural Toothpaste
A great way to make your own natural toothpaste is with just a few select ingredients that can be found in your local supermarket. As long as you know exactly which ingredients are present in your toothpaste, you can brush your teeth without concern that you are doing damage to your health. So here’s a way to make your own deep cleansing, whitening and remineralizing toothpaste:
Natural toothpaste ingredients
- 1 tablespoon of raw organic coconut oil.
- 1 teaspoon aluminum free baking soda.
- Half a teaspoon of sea salt
- One drop of clove oil (optional)
- One drop of peppermint oil (optional)
You can always scale up these ingredients to make a tub of your very own toothpaste that you can use at your convenience.
Fluoride Tooth Paste: A Cause of Perioral Dermatitis – http://archderm.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=535898
Contact allergens in toothpastes and a review of their hypersensitivity – http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1600-0536.1995.tb00509.x/abstract
Harvard Study Confirms Fluoride Reduces Children’s IQ – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/fluoride_b_2479833.html
Developmental Fluoride Neurotoxicity – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3491930/
Perioral dermatitis from high fluoride dentifrice – http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/adj.12077/abstract;jsessionid=FF42E769894CC24C136BCC50BCE08016.f02t04?deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=&userIsAuthenticated=false
Triclosan impairs muscle function – http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/triclosan-a-chemical-used-in-antibacterial-soaps-is-found-to-impair-muscle-function-22127536/?no-ist=
Triclosan Exposure Modulates Estrogen-Dependent Responses – http://toxsci.oxfordjournals.org/content/117/1/45.abstract
The bactericidal agent triclosan modulates thyroid hormone-associated gene expression and disrupts postembryonic anuran development – http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0166445X06003407
EPA.gov Triclosan Facts – http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/REDs/factsheets/triclosan_fs.htm
Triclosan in anti-bacterial soaps http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17683018
Urinary Concentrations of Triclosan in the U.S. Population – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2265044/
Triclosan Comes under Scrutiny – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2898873/
The effect of 10% carbamide peroxide, carbopol and/or glycerin on enamel and dentin microhardness – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16268396
Book: Good teeth, birth to death – 1 Jan 1996 by Gerard F Judd
Sodium lauryl sulfate and triclosan: in vitro cytotoxicity studies with gingival cells – http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378427497000222
A Comparison Study of Nonanoic Acid and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in Skin Irritation – http://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/84139