What’s in your Toothpaste?

Do a Google search on the ingredients in toothpaste to avoid and some of the ones mentioned include:

  • Fluoride:  In addition to being more toxic than lead and slightly less toxic than arsenic, the American Dental Association now believes fluoride is bad for your teeth.  In 2010, the Journal of the American Dental Association published a study that once again found, contrary to what most people have been told: fluoride is actually bad for your teeth. The study showed increased fluorosis risk among infants who were fed infant formula reconstituted with fluoride-containing water, as well as for those using fluoridated toothpastes.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS):  All versions of Crest include SLS.  Tom’s of Maine also includes SLS in most of their toothpastes. Tom’s notes:  We use SLS only at the levels needed to deliver on its intended purpose, delight consumers and be safe. It also has no known toxicity – not even when ingested. SLS can be irritating if two conditions exist – it is used at too high a concentration and if it is left on the skin for an extended period of time. This doesn’t happen in our toothpaste. Our SLS levels have been optimized through consumer testing to perform their intended purpose and meet consumer’s brushing expectations for foam while maintaining safety.
  • Triclosan Crest no longer uses Tricolsan in their toothpastes, they use stannous fluoride.  According to WebMD stannous fluroide should not be used in children under 12 unless directed by your doctor or dentist.  That’s better?  Plus the ADA has already determined that fluroide is bad for your teeth so why have it in there at all?
  • Hydrated Silica:  Tom’s of Maine tells us this about hydrated silica.  It’s safe as long as you make sure it’s not contaminated by its toxic cousin, crystalline silica.

So…. are these sorts of chemicals and others in various toothpastes safe or not?  You could spend a lot of time researching this or just choose toothpaste that doesn’t have any of these ingredients.  A visit to the EWG website and you can find products that don’t have any troublesome ingredients.

Through some of the paleo blogs I visit, I found Primal Life Organics Dirty Mouth products.  Toothpowder ingredients include three earthen clays, baking soda (aluminum free) and essential oils.  It’s obviously different from regular toothpaste and took a little getting used to, but we like it, particularly the orange flavor.  We have been using it, along with Primal Gum Serum which contains 11 essential oils specifically formulated to support all aspects of oral health including the teeth, gums and mucous membranes.

On the last visit to the dentist, he was very pleased with our teeth and gums.  He commented that you can tell a lot about a person’s diet by looking at their teeth.  Our lifestyle and dental products seem to be supporting good oral health which makes me happy!

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