Fluoride? SLS? Say NO! to your toxic toothpaste today

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What’s in your toothpaste?

This week we look at some of the ingredients that may be lurking in your toothpaste. Many household toothpastes contain engine degreaser or rat poison – and if you knew would you still buy it? Many toothpastes and mouthwashes contain toxins that have been linked to cancer, blindness and even death. These harmful ingredients, which are made up of very small molecules can penetrate through the tissue of the mouth, enter the bloodstream, and build up in the liver, kidneys, heart, lungs and tissues.

So go and grab the toothpaste and mouthwash in your bathroom right now and check exactly what is in them!

Many household toothpastes contain dangerous toxins and chemicals such as sodium fluoride, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulphate and hydrated silica.

So why are these products added and what are the risks?

Fluoride - This is added to toothpaste under claims it prevents tooth decay however there is evidence to show that fluoride destroys the brain and accumulates in the pineal gland, the bones, the organs and causes cancer. It has been used in rat poison and it was added to the drinking water of prisoners in Nazi prison camps to keep them quiet and to hamper noncompliance with authority. Fluoride has never been approved in the US by the FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency consider fluoride to be a toxin. Fluoride has been shown in a 1990 study to NOT reduce cavities and scientists are now linking it to dental deformity, arthritis, allergic reactions and about 10,000 unnecessary death each year from cancer.(From “Fluoride an equivocal carcinogen. National Cancer Institute) Worryingly most popular toothpastes contain enough fluoride to kill a small child within 2 to 4 hours if ingested in larger doses than are used for brushing teeth.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) – This is a potentially dangerous ingredient and it is added to many personal care products. It is added to toothpaste as a foaming agent however it is used around the world for clinical testing as a primary skin irritant. It is used in laboratories to irritate the skin on test animals and humans so they can then use test healing agents to see how effective they are on irritated skin! Once SLS enters the bloodstream it travels throughout the body. A study at the University of Georgia Medical College indicated that SLS penetrated into the eyes, as well as the brain, heart, liver, etc. and showed long-term retention in the tissues. This study also proved that it penetrated the eyes of young children and prevented them from developing properly as well as causing cataracts to develop as adults.

Triclosan – This is an antibacterial and antifungal agent found in many household products, such as soaps, washing up liquid, deodorants, mouthwashes, and toothpastes. Interestingly enough, a study in 2010, suggested that children with higher exposure to triclosan are more frequently diagnosed with allergies. The benefits of triclosan are still under review however, according to the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) there's no evidence to support the fact that triclosan provides an extra health benefit. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), triclosan was first registered as a pesticide in 1969. Triclosan has also been linked to endocrine disruption, brain damage and cancer.

Artificial Food Dyes - The toxicity potential of synthetic food colours is complex and controversial, and some artificial colourings are derived from petroleum products and coal tar. It is the food dye that makes it look crystal clear. As a matter of fact, according to the Physician's Desk Reference, the mucosal lining inside of the mouth has about 90% absorption efficiency which enables these dyes to be absorbed within seconds. The Food and Drug Administration in the US claims that some of these synthetic dyes have carcinogenic and mutagenic activity and that has come under much scrutiny.

Hydrated Silica – This is added to toothpaste as an abrasive to keep teeth white however it is an abrasive made from a crystallized compound found in quartz, sand and flint. It has been stated that although the irritation caused by toothpaste is minimal, using abrasive substances can cause the breakdown of tooth enamel. If you suffer from gum disease, tooth decay, sensitivity or receding gums then it is best to avoid a toothpaste with hydrated silica or cellulose.

On EcoLifeLuxury.com we have a range of more natural toothpastes and mouthwashes to choose from so that you can avoid these key ingredients where necessary to improve your health and that of your family. All our toothpastes are free from SLS, fluoride, triclosan and artificial dyes. Hydrated Silica is only found in the Aloe Dent range and should be avoided by people with gum disease, tooth decay, sensitivity or receding gums.

Visit our adult dental section here and we also stock a wide range of toothpastes and toothbrushes for kids too!

 

Article written by Sebastian Curtis

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