7 Toxic Ingredients to Avoid in Toothpaste
It is important to know what is bad about your Toothpaste as well because we tend to put toothpaste into our mouth at least twice a day and chances of us accidentally ingesting it is much higher.
The average American uses approximately 75 litres of toothpaste and some of the chemicals can enter the bloodstream despite the fact that we spit most of it out after brushing our teeth.
The lining of our mouth area is actually much thinner than other parts of the body – making it one of the most absorbent places in our entire body. Hence this is why some medications are administered under the tongue.
Hence it is important for us to choose the right toothpaste as the ingredients in our toothpaste can enter our mouth and gums real quick.
So what is exactly wrong with our toothpaste?
It is ironical that the dentist recommended Colgate Total toothpaste contains an antibacterial chemical called triclosan, making it the “only toothpaste approved by FDA to help fight plaque and gingivitis.”
Although triclosan helps to prevent gingivitis, this chemical has been linked to concerns over antibiotic resistance and endocrine disruption.
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals can result in a wide variety of health problems – including breast, prostate, ovarian, and testicular cancer, preterm babies, puberty
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals are a serious concern, as they can promote a wide variety of health problems, including breast, ovarian, prostate, and testicular cancer, preterm and low birth weight babies, premature puberty in girls, and undescended testicles in boys.
Some animal studies showed that triclosan caused fetal bone malformations in mice and rats, which indicates disruption to hormones. In addition, triclosan may interfere with a type of cellsignaling in brain, heart, and other cells, such that researchers noted it “may not be worth potential risks.”
A research concluded that people who brushed their teeth with Colgate Total have more than five times as much triclosan in their urine as those who did not.
#2 Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Most toothpaste contains surfactants like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate / Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES) to produce a foamy texture. This ingredient interferes with your tastebuds’ function by breaking up the phospholipids on your tongue, enhancing the bitter tastes which are the main reason why everything tastes bitter right after you have brushed your teeth.
In addition, SLS has also been linked to skin irritation and canker sores/mouth ulcers.
The manufacturing process of SLS results in it being potentially contaminated with 1,4 dioxane – a carcinogenic byproduct. The manufacturing process itself also releases carcinogenic volatile organic compounds into the environment.
In fact, the manufacturers tried to obtain approval to market SLS as a pesticide to organic farmers, but the application was rejected due to its potential environmental damage.
Fluoride is known to help prevent tooth decay for the longest time. In fact, our Singapore tapwater contains Fluoride for this reason. However, a study published in the journal Langmuir uncovered that the fluorapatite layer formed on your teeth from fluoride is only 6 nanometers thick – this means you’ll need 10,000 of these layers to get the width of a strand of a hair… Scientists now question whether this thin layer can help protect your enamel and provide any benefit considering the fact that it gets eliminated by the act of chewing. They mentioned:
“… [I]t has to be asked whether such narrow… layers really can act as protective layers for the enamel.”
Fluoride toothpaste is often the most significant fluoride intake for young children and is a major risk factor for disfiguring dental fluorosis as they tend to swallow a large amount of toothpaste that they put into their mouth. In fact, research has shown that it is not uncommon for young children to swallow more fluoride from toothpaste alone than is recommended as an entire day’s ingestion from all sources.
Ingesting fluoride, as in the case with drinking fluoridated water, is especially detrimental to health as studies clearly demonstrate that fluoride is a toxic chemical that accumulates in your tissues over time, disrupts enzymes, and produces a number of serious adverse health effects, including neurological and endocrine dysfunction.
#4 Propylene Glycol
Propylene Glycol is an active component in antifreeze and acts as a wetting agent and surfactant in toothpaste. This chemical can be rapidly absorbed through the skin, with prolonged contact leading to brain, liver and kidney abnormalities.
#5 Titanium Dioxide
Titanium Dioxide is the compound that gives toothpaste it’s pleasant white color. The nanoparticles from Titanium dioxide are able to penetrate into your gums and have toxic reactions in your brain to cause nerve damage. In addition to that, it can potentially cause cancer.
Carrageenan is extracted from red seaweeds and is used for it’s stabilizing and thickening properties. It can cause symptoms like digestive problems and skin irritation, hence it is not recommended to be consumed regularly.
#7 Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial Sweeteners such as Aspartame are often added to toothpaste and it is primarily made up of aspartic acid and phenylalanine. The phenylalanine has been synthetically modified to provide the majority of the sweetness.
The phenylalanine methyl bond (known as methyl ester) is very weak and allows the methyl group on the phenylalanine to break off and form methanol.
In humans, the methyl alcohol travels through the bloodstream to areas such as your brain where it is then converted to formaldehyde which is free to cause damage to your tissues.
There are many detrimental side effects of methanol poisoning which includes dizziness, nausea, vertigo, chills, memory lapses, numbness, behavioural disturbances, ear buzzing, headaches, and neuritis.
So since most toothpaste contains chemicals, what are the safer alternatives?
We would recommend switching over to the Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste or Kidscents Slique Toothpaste from Young Living – you may get it here.
Alternatively, you may also DIY your own natural toothpaste using Young Living Essential Oils.
A 50g Jar
1/3 Jar of Organic Cold-pressed Coconut Oil
2/3 Jar of Baking Soda
Young Living Essential Oils (3 Drops Thieves, 3 Drops Spearmint to taste & 5 Drops Orange for teeth whitening)
- Mix Baking Soda & Organic Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil together to form a paste like texture
- Drip the Essential Oils to flavour
You may vary the baking soda : coconut oil ratio according to your preference.