Wellness

Toothpaste Toxins

We all brush our teeth, at least… I hope we all do! But do we even think about what we are putting in our mouth? Even though toothpaste is not in our mouths for long, it is in there long enough for us to absorb the ingredients. In fact, our mouths are one of the most absorbent part of our bodies. What is so bad about the ingredients in our toothpaste? Well, here’s your answer:

• Triclosan- an antibacterial chemical. This ingredient has been linked to endocrine disruption.
• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)- responsible for the foaming action of toothpastes but have also been linked to an interference with the functioning of your taste buds. This ingredient is also linked to skin irritation and canker sores.
• Artificial sweeteners- Aspartame is one of the most common. Aspartame contains methanol, but not the type that is found in fruits and vegetables. That methanol bonds to pectin and is safely passed through your digestive system. The methanol from aspartame does not bond to anything that can help eliminate it from your body.
• Fluoride- has been the assumed answer to decaying teeth for a long time, but recent research suggests otherwise. Fluoride is not meant to be ingested, and unfortunately this is the case with a lot of children who tend to swallow a good part of their toothpaste. The fluoride then accumulates in your tissues over time and can damage enzymes and may cause numerous health problems, such as endocrine dysfunction.
• Propylene glycol- a mineral oil that, in the industrial grade, is used in antifreeze, paints, enamels and airplane de-icers. It has also been linked to skin, eye and lung irritation.
• Microbeads- the tiny plastic pellets that are found in body washes, facial scrubs, and toothpaste. These microbeads get washed down the drain and then are consumed by marine life and eventually, by humans themselves. There have also been cases where dentists have found these beads wedged between patient’s teeth and gums which opens up a space for bacteria to enter your gum line, which can lead to gum disease.

Scary stuff, isn’t it?? The good news is that there are ways to make your own toothpaste, so that you know exactly what is going into your mouth. Here’s how:

Homemade Peppermint and Coconut Oil Toothpaste

• ½ cup of bentonite clay
• 1/8 tsp salt
• 2 tsp. baking soda
• 2/3 cup water
• ¼ cup coconut oil
• 1 tsp. stevia (optional)
• 1 to 4 drops of peppermint essential oil

Mix the clay and salt in a bowl. Add the water and mix in well. Add the rest of the ingredients. Mix until it forms a paste. Store in a jar with a lid. To use, spoon some onto your toothbrush.

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