What do you Brush With?

“Read your labels” is a common theme in my writings, but do you read the label on toothpaste? Give it a try and find out what you are ingesting daily.

Ancient Egyptians paved the way for us regarding toothpastes. Theirs were made from powdered ash, oxen hoof, myrrh, egg shells, pumice and water. Later, Greeks and Romans who came from rich lineage, preferred powdered charcoal; a big improvement.  You may find this amusing or disgusting, but activated charcoal is a safe and non-toxic compound used to whiten teeth. It just looks terrible during application.

We have come a long way, but after reviewing some of the toxic ingredients in toothpaste today, I wonder if we are regressing.

Hopefully, you do not swallow your toothpaste; but if you do, STOP! Most toothpaste is full of chemicals that pass directly to the bloodstream through permeable mouth membranes.  This is why sub-lingual (under the tongue drugs and supplements) is effective.  Interestingly, some of the brands sold in America, and available in Europe, have different ingredients.  Could it be that Europeans know something we don’t? Click on this guide to learn more about toothpaste. If you don’t find a toothpaste to your liking, try making your own.  Here is a simple recipe I use to keep my mouth and teeth bacteria free:

  • ½ C cold pressed coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp or less baking soda
  • 15 drops of peppermint oil or your favorite essential oil

Mix up ingredients in a small glass container with a good lid. It will solidify when cool and liquefy when warm.  Place a small amount on your tooth brush and brush away.

The most common toxic ingredient in toothpastes is fluoride. Although the American Dental Association (ADA) swears this toxin is beneficial for you and the kids, there is too much scientific evidence that refutes this belief.  Cumulative exposure to fluoride has been linked to everything from brain damage to cancer and diabetes.  Whether you believe this or not, it may be best to err on the side of caution.

Stay well and smile bright…

Sources:

“Report finds toxins/carcinogens in popular brands of toothpaste” The Cornucopia Institute, August 16, 2016, cornucopia.org

 

 

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