5 Top Dangers Of Common Daily Practice
Minty fresh breath feels refreshing, gives us confidence, and makes it easier to go in for that kiss. Unfortunately, many toothpastes contain dangerous chemicals that can harm your health. Even the FDA agrees, and now requires that such products are labeled as poisons! In today’s article,
Like many personal care products, toothpaste comes in an overwhelming array of choices. Such a wide variety often has the opposite effect of helping people. This dizzying choice causes them to simply reach for the nearest tube and hoof it out of the grocery store. That doesn’t have to be you. Instead, learn how to recognize the potential dangers of toothpaste so you can choose the right one for you.
I’m going to give you tips for making smart choices when it comes to toothpaste. When you do these things, you’ll enjoy stronger, healthier teeth without the risks of dangerous products. Below, I share five excellent reasons to choose toothpaste wisely.
“Natural” Is Not a Regulated Term
Shortly I’m going to share with you some of the common dangers of many toothpastes. Once armed with that information, you naturally will want to choose a safer product. You might be tempted to just select a toothpaste labeled as “natural”. But beware. Many companies play fast and loose with this term because it is not regulated. That means you can’t just pull down a box labeled “natural” from the shelf and hope for the best.
In short, the toothpaste that you want should be free from artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. And importantly (and perhaps surprisingly), I recommend that you choose a toothpaste that doesn’t have added fluoride. (I’ll explain why below.)
Blind faith is not a good strategy. Instead, read the label. Choose a non-fluoride toothpaste that contains minimal ingredients and isn’t a funny color.
Fluoride Is Literally Deadly
Did you known that sodium fluoride is the main ingredient in many toothpastes… and in rat poison? Doesn’t make you feel so warm and fuzzy, does it? Of course, the amount of fluoride that most toothpastes contain isn’t likely to kill you in a single brushing. In fact, a healthy adult would have to eat more than the whole tube to consume enough fluoride to prove fatal. But it’s still far from safe. A tube of toothpaste could kill a small child. And as I’ll share with you, the effects are cumulative. That means that over many years, it can build up in your tissues and cause you harm.
The FDA now requires that toothpaste containing fluoride now contains a poison warning label on the tube. Even if you’re safe from sudden death, there’s no doubt long-term exposure can affect you negatively. In fact, did you know that fluoride has never been proven safe and approved by the FDA? And recent research indicates that fluoride may contribute to deformities in your teeth, arthritis, allergies and about 10,000 unnecessary cancer deaths each year.
Don’t let that be you. Instead, choose toothpaste that’s free of sodium fluoride and protect your body. And don’t worry about your tooth health. As I’ll show you in just a moment, fluoride isn’t the superstar of tooth health it’s been made out to be.
Toothpaste Contains Many Other Chemicals
Unfortunately, fluoride isn’t the only nasty chemical toothpaste contains. Others you should avoid include:
- Triclosan: This preservative has been linked to toxicity in organs, endocrine disruption and bioaccumulation. That means it builds up in your system.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate: Used as a cleansing agent, this chemical has been associated with cancer, developmental toxicity and reproductive damage.
- Tetrasodium pyrophosphate: Even at low doses, this oral care agent may impact your brain and nervous system.
- Hydrated silica: This common anticaking agent that builds up in both people and wildlife.
- FD&C Blue 1: This artificial coloring can lead to cancer.
- Sodium monofluorophosphate: This oral care agent is found even in natural toothpastes. It has been linked to negative outcomes such as neurotoxicity, developmental and reproductive problems, and even cancer.
With so many chemicals abounding even in natural toothpastes, you must be sure to go truly natural in your search for a good tooth cleaner. Half measures can impact not only your health. They can also affect the health of animals in the environment and children who might be living in your house. Since many men are now having children over the age of 50, reproductive toxicity is a major problem as well.
Fluoride Can Damage Bones
In addition to fluoride’s toxicity, it can also be terrible for your bones. This is because it lays down layers of a mineral called fluorapatite. This mineral is very scratch-resistant, which is why dentists use it. When it coats teeth, it provides a hardy layer against which toothbrushes and other abrasives have trouble making a dent.
However, fluorapatite is not nearly as immune to blunt forces. If it experiences a trauma, fluorapatite is likely to shatter. Enamel, on the other hand, has some natural give and so is less likely to react this way. Worse, fluoride enters the rest of your body through your mouth. It then creates layers of fluorapatite along your bones, weakening your skeletal structure and making you prone to breaks and fractures when you fall.
Many Whitening Toothpastes Are Dangerous
One of the most common promises toothpaste makes is to whiten teeth. Whiter teeth are desirable. It’s okay to want them. But many of today’s toothpastes go about it wrong.
Stains from coffee, tea and food discolor your teeth. Instead of whitening the enamel and leaving it intact, many toothpastes use abrasive materials. They scratch the top layer off of your teeth. This reveals whiter layers underneath. The problem with this approach is obvious. You need your enamel. It protects your teeth from cavities, weakness, and temperature sensitivity.
Without a tough outer layer of enamel, your teeth are simply not as healthy. Instead of resorting to whitening toothpaste, use a natural approach. Scrub with a toothpaste that whitens non-abrasively. In fact, many generations have forgone toothpaste altogether. Instead, they have relied on baking soda, which works just as well, if not better than most toothpastes. If you really need the minty kick, add a few drops of peppermint oil to your formula.
But perhaps you prefer the convenience of a tube. Most people do. Just do a little research first. Find toothpaste that’s free of fluoride and the chemicals listed above. If it causes sensitivity, stop using it. Your teeth are important, and worth the extra hassle of searching for the right toothpaste for you.