Did you know that your toothpaste may not be good for you? Many toothpastes contain several ingredients that can be harmful.
1. Sodium laureth sulfate is used to make products foam and bubble. Depending on the manufacturing process, it may be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are probable human carcinogens. It can also irritate skin and eyes.
2. Sodium fluoride is added to toothpaste to prevent cavities. While small amounts of fluoride may be beneficial, too much fluoride can be toxic. We are ingesting far too much fluoride, which also accumulates in our tissues. All of this fluoride in our systems can cause gastrointestinal irritation, neurological reactions, decreased IQ in children and skeletal weakness. There is actually enough fluoride in a tube of toothpaste to kill a child.
3. Glycerin is added to toothpaste to prevent it from drying out. The glycerin coats teeth which contributes to de-mineralization and can prevent re-mineralization.
4. Saccharin, sorbitol and aspartame are artificial sweeteners that are added to toothpaste to improve the taste. These artificial sweeteners can cause side effects like headaches, dizziness, mood changes, vomiting or nausea, abdominal pains, diarrhea, seizures, memory loss, fatigue, numbness, joint pain, depression, anxiety and blurred vision.
5. Triclosan is a synthetic antimicrobial/antibacterial agent. It can cause allergies and asthma by weakening the immune system, it is an endocrine disruptor, it may disrupt thyroid function and it is a possible human carcinogen. There is also growing concern that antibacterials are contributing to the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
6. Titanium dioxide is used to make toothpaste white. It is a possible human carcinogen.
The good news is that there are alternatives. I’ve discovered a toothpaste, called Earthpaste, that’s made entirely of clay, sea salt, tea tree oil, xylitol and essential oils. Since using this toothpaste, I’ve noticed that my teeth have been cleaner than they’ve ever been.
You can also brush your teeth with sea salt or baking soda or make your own homemade toothpaste.