What’s not in your toothpaste is as important as what's in it!
Most dental hygiene products in everyday use contain toxins that have been linked to allergic, neurological and other illnesses. Have you checked out the ingredients in your toothpaste or mouthwash lately? Do so, and understand what you are rubbing around in your mouth every day!
Most toothpastes and mouthwashes contain ingredients which are made up of very small molecules, which penetrate through the skin of the mouth, enter the blood stream, and build up in the nervous system, organs and tissues. Also, by excessively using toothpaste with a high abrasive factor, whitening agents or high alcohol mouth rinses, we may be disturbing the oral probiotics and their naturally balanced microenvironment. An unbalanced microenvironment in the oral cavity may compromise the body’s first line of defense essential for good oral health.
According to the Physician's Desk Reference, the mucosal lining inside of the mouth has an absorption efficiency of over 90 percent. Because of this, chemicals in your mouth that are small enough, get into your blood in no time no matter how well you rinse!
Here is an example of some destructive ingredients found in many name-brand toothpastes:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): Foaming agent with many side effects
One of the most harmful ingredients in personal-care products is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). Because SLS has a foaming property, it is added to toothpastes in order to generate foam and give the impression that the toothpaste is working. However, SLS has been found to be quite corrosive and harmful to skin tissue. The journal of the American College of Toxicology reports that SLS can penetrate and be retained in the eye, brain, heart, and liver with harmful long term side effects.
In the cleaning industry, SLS is used in products such as garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers and car wash soaps!
In allergy studies, SLS is used for clinical testing as a primary skin irritant as it is the one chemical known to provoke an allergic reaction in everyone. Molecular weight of SLS is 40 (Ingredients with a molecular weight of 75 or lower enters our blood stream). SLS and its derivative family of chemicals are used in biotech engineering to carry other chemicals through the skin.
Sodium Fluoride: from industrial waste to rat poison to mind meddler
Most toothpaste and mouth rinses contain fluoride because that's what dentists have recommended for years to prevent cavities. But more and more scientists are now seriously questioning the benefits of fluoride even in small amounts. Colgate toothpaste contains enough fluoride in four ounces to kill a small child within 2 to 4 hours!
Fluorides have been used throughout history to alter the behavior and mood of human beings. It is a little known fact that fluoride compounds were added to the drinking water of prisoners to keep them quiet and to hamper noncompliance with authority, both in Nazi prison camps during World War II and in the Soviet gulags in Siberia.
Fluoride is proselytized by the dental profession because it is widely believed that fluoride lodged in the tooth makes it slightly more acid-resistant and less prone to decay. What is not widely known is that fluoride lodged in bones and teeth makes them more brittle.
No matter how well you rinse, the combination of sodium laureth sulphate and fluoride ensures that more fluoride is absorbed into your bloodstream than gets to soak into your teeth.
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Triclosan: A pesticide found in many types of toothpaste
Triclosan, a chemical used by mainstream toothpaste manufacturers for its antibacterial properties. It is an ingredient found in many detergents and most toothpastes. However, the formulation and structure of this ingredient are similar to some of the most toxic chemicals. It is a proven fact that with correct diet and hygiene all dental disease is banished. Applying antibacterial agents kills the good and bad bacteria alike, and can lead to imbalances in the bacterial ecologies of the whole digestive tract. Because of this fact, triclosan has been scrutinized in regards to human health and safety, according to Tufts University School of Medicine. While the companies that manufacture products containing triclosan claim that it is safe, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered it as a dangerous pesticide.
Copolymer: A glue used in hair gel and paint
Most toothpastes now contain acrylic copolymers to glue the triclosan and fluoride to the teeth in the belief that this increases their benefits. When in fact it increases the side effects of those chemicals. Acrylic polymers are also potential carcinogens.
Hydrated Silica: A whitener that wears away tooth enamel
Hydrated silica, which is primarily used as an abrasive in toothpaste, is made from a crystallized compound found in quartz, sand, and flint. Tooth enamel re-mineralizes daily from the supply of ionic calcium and phosphorus in the saliva. Wearing away the surface of the tooth with an abrasive such as hydrated silica harms the enamel and prevents re-mineralization. Severe wear eventually occurs causing the need for dental treatment to replace lost enamel.
The irritation caused by chemical toothpastes can include sore mouth and gums, wearing away of tooth enamel, sore tongue, and sloughing of mucous membrane. They also may do harm to dental health by altering the microbial balance of the mouth and digestive tract.
Artificial flavourings and sweeteners (e.g. petrochemically derived aspartame)
The burning tingling sensation of most toothpastes is not caused by mint, but the toxic chemicals used in the base. People come to be convinced that the burn is good for them, but in fact is an allergic reaction!
The mouth is the body’s silent alarm system, the window to the body, it can tell you a lot if you observe and listen to its signals. If you have your teeth cleaned on a regular schedule but your gums bleed easily from any type of stimulation, and you practice good oral hygiene routinely, this is usually a signal of a nutritional deficiency (vitamins and minerals), hormonal or chemical imbalance, or a systemic disorder. Your body talks to you – listen. The body’s imbalance can be the result of stress, lack of exercise, diet, love, insufficient daily water intake or medication. All of these factors have an effect on the bacteria in the mouth! A healthy balance of bacteria is the root of good health.
Current research links pathogens(bad bacteria) in the mouth to heart disease, diabetes, pulmonary infections, some urinary tract infections, lymphatic imbalance, and intestinal disorders. Most secondary infections of non-ambulatory patients are being linked to the imbalance of bacteria in the mouth.
Practicing good daily hygiene isn’t enough. If you don’t supply your body with the fuel it needs to function properly, it will break down. Excess of refined carbohydrates and sugars not only weakens the teeth and causes abscesses, it plays havoc with energy metabolism. The time you take to learn what your body requires daily will pay dividends for years to come.
Remember: Your body is what you put in it. Avoiding allergenic, biotoxic, chemical toothpastes containing the ingredients listed above is a good foundation for being healthier.
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