The warning label appears on all major toothpaste brands!
For strong teeth and an irresistible smile, we need to keep our mouth free of bacteria and brush after every meal. However, the most important thing is to stay away from toxic substances contained in most toothpaste, especially fluoride.
Over 95% of the toothpaste sold in the U.S. now contains fluoride, even the popular vegan toothpaste, Tom’s of Maine, that started out fluoride-free until the company was bought by Colgate in 2006 for $100 million.
The presence of fluoride in toothpaste, particularly during early childhood, presents a huge health risk. This is why the FDA requires a poison warning on every tube of fluoride toothpaste now sold in the US.
The Fluoride Alert Network explains the danger
“Risks from ingesting fluoride toothpaste include permanent tooth discoloration (dental fluorosis), stomach ailments, acute toxicity, skin rashes (perioral dermatitis), and impairment in glucose metabolism. All of these risks have been unnecessarily increased by the marketing practices of toothpaste manufacturers, who use cartoon packaging and candy-flavors to target *adult-strength* fluoride toothpaste to young *children.* The dental community’s failure to educate the public about the dangers of swallowing too much fluoride toothpaste has further exacerbated the problem.” – Source: http://fluoridealert.org/
What to avoid in your toothpaste
These ingredients are found in most major toothpaste brands:
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), as it can dry out the mouth and cause canker sores. This ingredient is often added shampoos too because it creates the foaming effect that is most desired by people.
- Hydrogen peroxide and glycerin, as they also cause drying and can lead to tooth sensitivity.
- Fluoride or fluorine is a very common ingredient for tartar control. However, a side effect from swallowing too much fluoride is dental fluorosis. Dental fluorosis is a defect in tooth enamel caused by excessive fluoride intake during the tooth-forming years (age 0 to 8). In its mild forms, dental fluorosis presents as cloudy white splotches and streaks on the teeth, while in its moderate and severe forms, fluorosis can cause extensive brown and black staining along with pitting and crumbling of the enamel.
What to include in your toothpaste
A healthy and safe home-made vegan toothpaste should contain the following ingredients:
- Alkalizing agents such as sodium bicarbonate or aloe vera powder, which reduces inflammation in the mouth and relieves irritation of gums.
- Natural abrasives like the natural fibers of the Indian Peelu tree or the very refined diatomaceous earth that can gently remove stains without damaging the tooth enamel.
- Natural sweetener like Xylitol. This natural sugar helps prevent tooth decay by stopping the growth of bacteria that cause cavities.
- Co-Q10, which has been shown to cure and prevent gingivitis.
- Olive Leaf extract, which helps prevent tooth decay while boosting the health of the entire mouth.
The ideal toothpaste would be the combination of xylitol, Co-Q10, aloe and olive leaf.
- 2 Tbsp of Indian Peelu tree powder or diatomaceous earth
- 1 Tbsp Aloe powder
- 1 Tbsp Olive Leaf Extract
- 1 teaspoon Xylitol
- 1 teaspoon Co-Q10
- 2 – 5 drops of essential oil
- Distilled water to mix into a paste
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Simple version #1
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
- 2 drop of essential oil (peppermint, spearmint, sweet orange, clove or cinnamon)
- A few drops of distilled water to make into a paste
- Mix everything well to make it consistent.
Simple version #2
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp baking soda (use the aluminum-free kind)
- 2 drop of essential oil
- Some distilled water to make into a paste
- Try this out and see how you go. I assure you it is safe and your teeth will love you.
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