Have you looked at a tube of toothpaste and wondered why there is the "harmful if swallowed" warning? Here are some answers about ingredients of concern from experts in the natural dental and medical field..
- Avoid anything artificial such as dyes, flavors or sweeteners - they are linked to hyper-activity and hormone disruption in children and even worse, kidney failure and cancer. It is best to avoid anything artificial in any product or food.
- Triclosan in whitening pastes was banned as an antibacterial agent in hand soaps, but is still in some toothpastes. It is listed as a pesticide by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
- Propylene Glycol is a mineral oil in anti-freeze, paints, enamels and airplane de-icers. It is used in pastes as a stabilizer and a humectant to avoid water loss for a creamy paste.
- Fluoride's potential risks, from ingesting it, are permanent teeth discoloration, acute toxicity, vomiting, skin rashes, glucose metabolism impairment and headaches.Perioral Dermatitis is a red rash around the mouth that is associated with the use of fluoride.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a foaming agent that is generally made from coconut or palm oils, but contains dangerous byproducts, during its processing, and is often used to clean industrial floors. It can cause bad breath and allergic reactions because as it foams it dries out your mouth. Its harshness is proven to cause microscopic tears in gum tissue that lead to canker sores. It also interferes with your taste buds and this is why everything tastes horrible after using it. Manufactures tried to get approval to market it as a organic farming pesticide, but it was denied because of its potential for environmental damage
- Alcohol is another drying agent that is only there as a preservative to prevent mold in a wet paste and does no good for your oral health.
- Glycerin is marketed as a protector for your teeth. but it is reported that it can take up to 20 brushing sessions to remove the coating, inhibiting natural remineralization provided by our saliva. Since brushing doesn't always remove all of the harmful bacteria and plaque, what is being stuck on enamel?
- Bleached Hydrated Silica is the abrasive agent that polishes teeth. Silica is beige in its natural state and bleached so it is more appealing to the eye.
But doesn't the FDA regulate what goes in toothpastes on store shelves? Toothpastes claiming they are for cleansing and whitening are considered to be cosmetics, not a drug and they are, therefore, not under the jurisdiction of the FDA. The FDA only governs pastes that claim to treat a disease. In 1997, the FDA ordered toothpaste manufacturers with pastes containing fluoride (95% of the pastes on the market) to add the warning "Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately". And how much is considered safe for brushing? The marketing on tubes shows a long strip on a brush, but the size of a pea is the actual amount recommended! Your mouth is one of the most absorbent places on your body and even if you spit most of it out, some of the chemicals, sublingually or under your tongue, get a fast track into your bloodstream.
Did you know that natural tooth powders have been proven to remove more plaque than conventional toothpastes, in human studies, with or without the use of a brush? Yes, you read that correctly, PubMedGov (The Library Of Medicine) conducted a study with 33 dental students and the evidence showed that a tooth powder removed more plaque, with their finger as a tool, than foaming toothpaste did with a toothbrush. Toothpowders usually contain none of the problematic compounds listed above.
Ready for a natural, safer and more effective alternative? How about one that contains none of the potentially toxic chemicals listed above, is made with safe and gentle gum soothing, teeth remineralizing and toxin absorbing clay? Better yet, one that is naturally flavored with 100% USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO plant ingredients, not essential oils? Sweet Life Spa's "Sweet Teeth" Powder is formulated with ingredients from the earth. It is lightly sweetened with Non-GMO USA Birch Tree Xylitol that aids in saliva production for moisturizing a dry mouth. An increase of saliva remineralizes your teeth and creates an environment that discourages biofilms from adhering to your enamel. Our "Sweet Teeth" Powders are perfect for adults and kids alike and do not need the "seek medical attention immediately if swallowed" warning because they are completely non-toxic and entirely safe to swallow. As a matter of fact, clay has been used internally for thousands of years.
Mojito "Sweet Teeth" Powder
And what about a natural alternative to inexpensively brighten your teeth? Sweet Life Spa offers a charcoal based tooth powder that removes surface stains caused by tannins in coffee, tea, berries and even tobacco. Our "Sweet Teeth" Charcoal does not require molded trays or bleaching gels. You simply brush twice a week with it as a normal brushing session.
Strawberry Slush "Sweet Teeth" Charcoal Stain Remover
Our "Sweet Teeth" Powders in regular or charcoal last at least 3 months and are in the following unique 100% USDA Certified Organic flavors:
- Mojito - A Blend Of Mint & Key Lime
- Strawberry Slush - Juicy Sun-ripened Berries
- Banana Frappe - Luscious Bananas & Cream
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