Toothpaste, a simple product we slather on our toothbrushes and use to wipe away the day’s menu of food and beverage hoping to leave our teeth and gums healthy and white. But lurking in the depths of this seemingly simple product is a whole artillery of toxic ingredients that do more harm than good.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
- SLS is a foaming agent that is found in many products, including toothpaste.
- It is registered as an insecticide and its manufacturing process releases carcinogens, linking it to potential toxic effects on the body, environment, and marine life.
- SLS has also been found to be an irritant and can cause mouth sores.
- Fluoride was once believed to be the answer to all tooth decay and other dental problems, but it has been confirmed to be a toxin.
- Long-term exposure and ingestion can lead to toxicity build-up in tissues, which can cause dysfunction of the thyroid and pineal gland, disrupt enzyme production, and affect memory and learning.
- This ingredient is commonly found in commercial toothpastes and is used as an emulsifier.
- It has been shown to be mildly toxic and can cause irritation of the skin, nose, throat, and eyes.
- When ingested, it may cause vomiting or diarrhea.
Other harmful ingredients to watch out for
- Triclosan (a pesticide)
- Propylene glycol (known skin, eye, lung irritant)
- Diethanolamine (a hormone disruptor)
There are many harmful ingredients found in commercial toothpastes, it is important to be aware of them and consider using a natural and homemade toothpaste.
Whitening Clay Toothpaste
Here is a recipe for a homemade whitening clay toothpaste:
Bentonite Clay is a wonderful natural detoxifier and cleanser. It grabs on to all of the toxins, bacterias and debris in the mouth and pulls it all away while gently exfoliating and remineralizing leaving teeth and gums thoroughly cleaned and brightened.
Coconut oil is another antibacterial and antimicrobial agent that can further dispel any unwanted bacterias and plaque build-up from the mouth while moisturizing dry, irritated gums and whitening.
- 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 20 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 1 teaspoon of xylitol (optional sweetener)
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the bentonite clay and baking soda.
- Melt the coconut oil in a small pan or in the microwave.
- Add the melted coconut oil, peppermint essential oil, and xylitol (if using) to the bowl with the clay and baking soda.
- Mix all the ingredients until a paste forms.
- Store the toothpaste in an airtight container.
- To use, wet your toothbrush, dip it into the paste, and brush as usual.
This toothpaste is safe to use and can help to whiten teeth, freshen breath and remove toxins. The Bentonite clay and baking soda can gently clean and polish teeth, while the coconut oil and peppermint oil can soothe gums and freshen breath. Xylitol can also help to fight bacteria that cause bad breath and tooth decay.
Originally posted 2019-04-18 17:43:43.