Guest Post By Meliors Simms – The Holistic Toothfairy
There’s not a single brand of toothpaste sold in my local grocery that doesn’t contain at least one ingredient that I consider to be toxic, or at least compromised. Toothpastes get approved for sale with toxic ingredients because they are not supposed to be swallowed.
However, children who aren’t old enough to spit aren’t the only ones at risk from toxic toothpaste ingredients. The whole inside of our mouths, the gums, tongues, cheeks and palate are made of porous mucus membranes which absorb toxins even if we rinse and spit properly. Anyone prone to gums that bleed with flossing or brushing is even more at risk.
Mainstream toothpastes use active ingredients that may help prevent tooth decay at least superficially, but damage other parts of the body. They also include ingredients that make toothpaste more appealing to consumers but which are sometimes actively harmful for teeth and gums.
Fluoride works by hardening tooth enamel into a thin brittle shell. It can damage gums, and there is substantial evidence that fluoride is a neurotoxin which accumulates in the body disrupting collagen production and reducing enzyme activity. It may also lower IQ, form deposits in the brain related to Alzheimer’s, and promote early onset puberty.
Thankfully less common than fluoride, trisodium phosphate cleans teeth and reduces the lactic acid caused by artificial sweeteners in the toothpaste but it is highly acidic and can cause tumors, bleeding and inflammation in the gums.
Detergents and surfactants (which create foam) are known skin irritants, hormone and endocrine disruptors and suspected carcinogens and gene mutagens. One of the worst is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which causes bleeding gums and canker sores. SLS increases skin permeability up to 100-fold, allowing other toxins and bacteria to penetrate the skin.
Are natural toothpastes better?
However, simply avoiding the big name toothpaste brands is no guarantee that you are avoiding toxins. Many toothpastes that are marketed as ‘natural’ contain problematic ingredients alongside the herbs, oils and minerals on the label.
I’ll be talking about the hidden nasties in ‘natural’ toothpastes in my FREE webinar: Natural Oral Health: Be a Savvy Consumer on 30 April. Come along to learn how to choose the best, and least toxic, toothpaste to help resolve your particular oral health challenges.
It’s an interactive event so you can bring along your toothpaste tube (or find the list of ingredients on line) and we’ll evaluate what you are brushing with, and help you find a better option if necessary.
Register now http://bit.ly/naturalsavvy
About the author
Meliors Simms got hooked on holistic oral health after she was able to prevent what would have been her 7th root canal by changing her diet. Her Holistic Tooth Fairy coaching helps people heal and prevent tooth decay and gum disease with natural, intuitive and self help strategies that really work.
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