About oral care
All natural oral care products:
- tooth powder
- lip balms
- tooth gels (adults, children and toddlers)
- breath spray
What's in your commercial toothpaste?
- Sodium Hydroxide
- Purpose: Bleaching/cleaning agent; a common component of oven and drain cleaners.
- Health effects: skin irritation
- Purpose: Sweetener, tartar control agent, humectant.
- Health effects: bloating and intestinal cramping in high doses; Laxative. Because of its laxative effects, the use of gel toothpastes (which can contain up to 70 percent sorbitol) by small children should be supervised, possibly even discouraged, by parents.
- PVM/MA copolymer
- Purpose: Plastic-like glue derived from polyvinyl, often found in hair gels and sprays, which sticks the triclosan, and other ingredients, to the teeth and gums.
- Sodium Fluoride
- Purpose: Strengthens tooth enamel, Antibacterial
- Health effects: Fluorosis: spotting, mottling and yellowing of the teeth; especially in children; Osteoporosis: ingested fluoride leeches calcium from the bones; Allergy/hypersensitivity reactions; Poisonous: ingestion can cause salivation, nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain and diarrhea. THERE IS ENOUGH FLUORIDE IN A 100-MILLILITRE TUBE OF "FAMILY" TOOTHPASTE TO KILL A SMALL CHILD.
- Silica (hydrated)
- Purpose: Abrasive stain remover.
- Health effects: Weakens tooth enamel; tooth enamel rebuilds itself daily from ionic calcium and phosphorus in the saliva; regularly scratching the surface of the tooth with harsh abrasives interferes with this process. Gum damage: in rare cases the silica can build up under the gum, causing inflammation. The safety of ingested silica has not been adequately proven, and some observers have linked it with Crohn's disease, though this connection remains unsubstantiated.
- Purpose: Lubricant, Humectant
- Health effects: Generally safe
- Purpose: Artificial sweetener.
- Health effects: Carcinogenic: linked to bladder cancer in animals.
- Purpose: Antibacterial agent; Reduces plaque.
- Health effects: Gum damage: causes premature cell death in gum tissues; Allergic reactions; Ulceration. Alters the biodynamic balance of the mouth: kills good and bad bacteria, which could make users more vulnerable to infection. A chlorinated aromatic, triclosan is molecularly similar to dioxins, PCBs (highly toxic chlorine-based compounds) and the herbicide Agent Orange. Indeed, its manufacturing process can release dioxins (powerful hormone disrupters) into the environment. It is also a chlorophenol, a class of chemicals that can cause cancer in animals. Commonly used as a pesticide, it is easily absorbed into the body via the mouth, and has been associated with liver damage in animals.
- CI 42090
- Purpose: blue coloring.
- Health effects: Hyperactivity; Skin rashes; Potential carcinogen: there is some evidence that CI 42090, also known as FD&C Blue 1 and E133, can cause cancer in animals. BANNED IN AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, FRANCE, GERMANY, NORWAY, SWITZERLAND AND SWEDEN.
- CI 47005
- Purpose: yellow coloring
- Health effects: Asthma, Rashes, Hyperactivity. Aspirin-sensitive people should avoid this colouring. Also known as FD&C yellow 10 and E104, CI 47005 is a coal-tar dye and can contain impurities that are neurotoxic and carcinogenic. BANNED IN AUSTRALIA, THE US AND NORWAY
- Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS)
- Purpose: Detergent and foaming agent SLS is a harsh cleanser often used as an engine de-greaser. It's added to toothpaste to make it foam, but is not necessary to clean your teeth.
- Health effects: Irritating to the mucous membranes in the mouth; Mouth ulcers, canker sores; Contact eczema.
- Purpose: flavoring.
- Health effects: Allergic reactions: some of these may mimic common dental problems, such as bleeding gums, mouth ulcers and gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). Potential carcinogen: aromas are generally petroleum derivatives and can be contaminated with cancer-causing substances.
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