Most consumers purchase soaps, shampoos and toothpaste and other personal hygiene products without really scrutinizing the list of ingredients. Every day we use products that we think are safe – we assume the product has been tested, any dangerous ingredients labelled and that the manufacturer has your best interests at heart. However this lack of scrutiny could be hazardous to your health. Previously I highlighted some of the dangerous ingredients in lotion that we often overlook.
The mouth is our main gateway to the entire system, and it is through the mouth that we add nutrients to our systems, but also possible toxic ingredients. Toothpaste contains many potentially harmful ingredients, including some that can lead to serious long-term health problems. If you have examined the labels, you most certainly ran into a practically endless list of hard-to-pronounce, even harder-to-decipher chemical names, but the most common ingredient is sodium fluoride. Unless it says on the package does not contain fluoride, you are using fluoridated toothpaste.
Dentists for years have praised the benefits of fluoride as it supposedly builds strong, healthy teeth. In reality, sodium fluoride has been used as the active ingredient in insecticides, wood preservatives, fungicides and rat poison. Sodium fluoride is also a key component in anaesthetic, hypnotic, and psychiatric drugs and sarin nerve gas.
If you have children, you probably find it difficult to stop them from ingesting some of their toothpaste, especially as it has been made to be tasty to encourage brushing. Swallowing even a small amount of sodium fluoride may cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Studies have shown that ingesting 1/10 of an ounce (2 grams) of fluoride can kill a 45 kg adult. Sodium fluoride is found in toothpastes in concentrations of up to 1500 parts per million (ppm). There is enough fluoride in a regular tube of toothpaste to kill a small child if they consume the entire tube.
Flouride compounds are toxic and that’s why if toothpaste is ingested in large quantities, the consumer is directed to call a poison control centre. Your dentist is probably unaware of these studies because most sources of dental information comes from professional associations and journals which are heavily funded by toothpaste manufacturers.
If you’re looking for a safe alternative to the common toothpastes, there are the non-fluoridated toothpastes found in health stores but they are expensive. Toothpaste is something you can make easily with stuff you have at home, and flavour however you like.
This is the most common and easy way of making homemade mint toothpaste.
1. Take 6 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda and pour into a small container. Bicarbonate of soda is a mild abrasive, has anti-bacterial properties, whitens teeth as well as forms the base of the recipe.
2. Add 1/3 of a teaspoon of sea salt to the container. The abrasive nature of salt helps it act as tiny scrubbers to help clean teeth. Sea salt is best because it is has no added iodine. Salt is very good for your teeth and gums because it is an astringent and helps stop bacteria.
3. Add 4 teaspoons of glycerin. Glycerin helps add consistency and acts a natural sweetener. You can also substitute the glycerin for coconut oil. Coconut oil naturally contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties due to its high lauric acid content.
4. Add 15 drops of peppermint essential oil. Mix it well to form a thick paste just like a toothpaste, and use regularly. Some essential oils can serve medicinal purposes and help kill bacteria and germs. Tea tree and lemon oils can help with gingivitis. Clove, peppermint, wintergreen and cinnamon oil help freshen breath and help in killing germs.
The idea of making home made toothpaste may sound strange to some, but it can be a viable way to save money and avoid some of dangerous ingredients.