Your mouth is highly absorbent, which is why so many supplements (and medications) are taken sublingualy, or under your tongue. This can give the chemicals hiding in your toothpaste a fast-track into your bloodstream.
You might not think much about the ingredients in your toothpaste compared to the ingredients in your food or even other personal care products, but those pea-sized dollops on your toothbrush twice a day add up. An average American can use 20 gallons of toothpaste over the course of their lifetime. Although you spit most of it out, some of the chemicals it contains make their way into your bloodstream.
Here are some of the harmful ingredients to look out for, and why:
7 TOXIC TOOTHPASTE INGREDIENTS:
This chemical has been linked to concerns over antibiotic resistance and endocrine disruption. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals can promote a wide variety of health problems, including breast, ovarian, prostate, and testicular cancer, preterm and low birth weight babies, precocious puberty in girls, and undescended testicles in boys. The chemical has also been linked to cancer. Here’s a detailed guide: https://www.ewg.org/sites/default/files/EWG_triclosanguide.pdf
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
These are chemicals responsible for the foaming action of the toothpaste, but they also interfere with the functioning of your taste buds by breaking up the phospholipids on your tongue.This enhances bitter tastes and is thought to be the reason why everything tastes so bad right after you’ve brushed your teeth.
Not to mention, SLS has even been linked to skin irritation and painful canker sores, with research suggesting an SLS-free toothpaste should be used for people with recurring sores. SLS is also registered as an insecticide and may have toxic effects to marine life, including fish, insects, and crustaceans.
Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners are often added to commercial toothpastes.Symptoms from Aspartame poisoning are many, and include headaches, ear buzzing, dizziness, nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances, weakness, vertigo, chills, memory lapses, numbness, and shooting pains in the extremities, behavioral disturbances, and neuritis.
Swallowing fluoride, as is the case with fluoridated drinking water, is especially detrimental to your health, as the science clearly demonstrates that fluoride is a toxic chemical that accumulates in your tissues over time, wreaks havoc with enzymes, and produces a number of serious adverse health effects, including neurological and endocrine dysfunction. Children are particularly at risk for adverse effects of overexposure.
READ MORE: Fluoride in Idaho Water | Fluoride’s Effect On Health
Propylene glycol is a type of mineral oil that, in the industrial grade, is used in antifreeze, paints, enamels, and airplane de-icers. The pharmaceutical-grade form is used in many personal care products, including toothpaste, as a surfactant. Research on the safety of propylene glycol in personal care products is lacking, although it’s a known skin, eye, and lung irritant and may cause organ system toxicity. This is clearly not a substance you want to be brushing your teeth with.
DEA is found in many foaming products such as toothpaste. It’s a known hormone disrupter and can react with other ingredients to form a potential carcinogen called NDEA (N-nitrosodiethanolamine), which is readily absorbed through the skin and has been linked with cancers of the stomach, esophagus, liver, and bladder.
Microbeads are tiny plastic pellets found in body washes, facial scrubs, toothpaste, and more. The microbeads go down your drain, through the filters at most wastewater treatment plants, and out into the environment. Plastic microbeads absorb toxins from the water and are eaten by a wide variety of marine life and, ultimately, by humans as well.
This is a great Solution Below! Also you can use Clove Oil for antiviral and anti bacterial property
- 2/3 cup baking soda
- 1 tsp fine sea salt (optional – direct application of the minerals in sea salt is great for teeth, but can be left out if the taste is too salty)
- 1 – 2 tsp peppermint extract or 10-15 drops peppermint essential oil (or add your favorite flavor – spearmint, orange, etc.)
- filtered water (add to desired consistency)
2. Mix together baking soda, optional salt, and peppermint. Add a little water at a time, stirring after each addition, until paste reaches desired consistency.
Store in a glass container.
That’s it! You’re done.