We all use toothpastes everyday but who cares what it is made of? Have you ever gone through the ingredients? Even if we did, a layman would hardly understand what it means.
What is toothpaste made of?
Dentists and researchers all over the world are questioning these ingredients. Some are downright toxic. Cannot believe it? Let us break down the ingredients.
According to Dentalbuzz, toothpaste is basically made up of these – Fluoride, Foam, Abrasive particles, Desensitizers, Tartar control, and Triclosan. Foam is in fact Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which in other words means ‘soap’. The Abrasive particles which are meant to shine the teeth are made up of silica – which is obviously not fit to be ingested – we commonly see silica globules in a small white pouch as humidifiers in your laptop bags. You should wash your hands well after touching it.
Then there is Triclosan. According to National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) triclosan can ‘disrupt hormones and can encourage the growth of drug-resistant bacteria or superbugs.’ That’s three down out of six.
The fourth and most dangerous component in your toothpaste is fluoride. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in United States had made it mandatory to place a poison warning on fluoride based toothpaste. Research has shown that kids are especially vulnerable to fluoride and in case they swallow toothpaste, they should be immediately taken to the hospital.
According to Dr. Bill Osmunson, fluoride is actually an industrial waste. It is toxic product and can also contain dangers like ‘lead, arsenic, radionucleotides, aluminum and other industrial contaminants’.
Most of the mainstream toothpastes available in the market contain fluoride. Check the ingredients yourself. According to fluoridealert.org , presence of fluoride in toothpaste makes into our body through the mouth and presents the following dangers –
- permanent tooth discoloration
- stomach ailments
- acute toxicity
- skin rashes (perioral dermatitis)
- impairment in glucose metabolism
- in children it causes dental flourosis where the tooth enamel is attacked.
In 1997 FDA issued this warning – Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately.
What is the solution?
Use a fluoride-free or a non-fluoridated toothpaste. Better than that is to use a herbal one. In India, we are lucky to have ancient Ayurveda that had given us a good guide for our oral care.
There are some toothpastes available in the market which are non-fluoridated. Here is a review of one such toothpaste.
For your convenience, we have a put a link to a healthy toothpaste here – http://amzn.to/2Akc1I3
Do not just believe what you are told. See it for yourself. Check the ingredients. See the research that is going on, you can easily check these facts in the internet. Simply type ‘fluoride toothpaste dangers’ and it will give you hundreds of research and studies.
Stay chemical-free. Go back to nature and natural products. The solution is as simple as that.
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Credits: www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/how-safe-is-fluoride/, fluoridealert.org/issues/dental-products/toothpastes/, articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/10/11/dr-bill-osmunson-on-fluoride.aspx, www.moneylife.in/article/triclosan-is-becoming-the-scourge-of-the-month-colgate-defends-it/38453.html
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