Why don’t my TOOTHPASTE and MOUTHWASH work?
If toothpaste and mouthwash work, why are so many people still suffering from gum diseases, bleeding gums, cavities, sensitive teeth, bad breath, and even worse, loss of teeth?
The truth is that many dental hygiene products that you and your children use daily may contain harmful chemicals that have been linked to cancer, genetic mutation, irritation, decomposing collagen, degrade sexual hormones, and other hormones. Are you aware that most brands of toothpaste come with a big warning label, “may be harmful if swallowed”?
Perhaps you have switched to toothpastes with herbal extracts from health stores and you believe that you are safe. Wait a minute, have you checked out the ingredients in it carefully?
The chemicals used in commercial toothpastes are not the sorts of things you want in your mouth. We, the chemists in Botanica Cul-ture International will share with you how the nasty and dangerous synthetic chemicals which are more appropriate to be used for in-dustrial purposes have found their ways to the body and even worst to the mouth.
Do you want to know the truths about the synthetic chemicals in your toothpaste and mouthwash?
To help you to make wise decision about what you put into your mouth, below are the chemicals commonly found in toothpaste that may indeed be harmful if swallowed
Fluoride is an element. It is a gas, never occurring in its free state. In microscopic amounts complexed with other minerals, it is often listed as a trace mineral
In this form, fluoride has no nutrient value whatsoever. It is one of the most caustic of industrial chemicals. Fluoride is the active toxin in rat poisons and cockroach powder.
Austrian researchers proved in the 1970s that as little as 1 ppm fluoride concentration can disrupt DNA repair enzymes by 50%. When DNA can’t repair damaged cells, we get old fast.
All systems of the body are dependent upon enzymes. When fluoride changes the enzymes, this can damage:
- immune system
- digestive system
- respiratory system
- blood circulation
- kidney function
- liver function
- brain function
- thyroid function
SLS: foaming agent
Both Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and its close relative Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) are commonly used in many soaps, shampoos, detergents, toothpastes and other products that we expect to “foam up”. Both chemicals are very effective foam-ing agents, unfortunately, both sodium laureth sulfate and its cousin are also very dangerous, highly irritating chemicals.
Although Sodium Laureth Sulfate is somewhat less irritating than SLS, it cannot be metabolised by the liver and its effects are therefore much longer-lasting.
What if the label says the ingredient comes from coconut?
What they’re talking about here is where they’re getting the raw materials—in this case, the lauryl alcohol. No matter where the alcohol comes from, it’s still mixed with the other chemicals to produce SLS or SLES or other forms of the ingredient. The result is still a chemical that is a long way from the original coconut oil. We may feel better having something that originated from coconut oil rather than from petroleum, but that doesn’t mean the chemical will not be irritating to skin or hair, or that it will not be contaminated from manufacturing processes.
Propylene Glycol (PG): anti freeze agent
It is a substance frequently used as antifreeze and to deice airplanes. Propylene is produced from fossil fuels during the oil refining process. Propylene Glycol can irri-tate the skin and mucous membranes and increase overall acidity of the body. Alt-hough the amount of PG in toothpaste may be small, widelyspread daily use makes it potentially harmful.
A pesticide found in many types of toothpaste
Triclosan, a chemical used for its antibacterial properties, is an ingredient found in many detergents and toothpastes. However, the formulation and structure of this ingredient are similar to some of the most toxic chemicals on earth. Because of this fact, triclosan has been scrutinized in regards to human health and safety, according to Tufts University School of Medicine.
While the companies that manufacture products containing triclosan claim that it is safe, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered it as a dangerous pesticide. The EPA gives triclosan high scores both as a human health risk and as an environmental risk.
Triclosan is a chlorophenol, which is a class of chemicals that is suspected of causing cancer in humans. Externally, phenol can cause a variety of skin irri-tations, but since it can temporarily deactivate sensory nerve endings, contact with it may cause little or no pain. Taken internally, even in small amounts, phenol can lead to cold sweats, circulatory collapse, convulsions, coma, and death.
Additionally, chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides can be stored in body fat, sometimes accumulating to toxic levels. Long term exposure to repeated use of many pesticide products can damage the liver, kidneys, heart and lungs, suppress the immune system, and cause hormonal disruption, paralysis, ste-rility and brain hemorrhages and linked to cancer in animals (From . “Recog-nition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings.” Environmental Protection Agency)
A whitener that damages tooth enamel
Hydrated silica, which is primarily used as an abrasive in toothpaste, is made from a crystallized compound found in quartz, sand, and flint. (From “The Safe Shopper’s Bible”)
Tooth enamel re-mineralizes daily from the supply of ionic calcium and phos-phorus in the saliva. Scratching the surface of the tooth with an abrasive such as hydrated silica harms the enamel and prevents re-mineralization, much like using sand to clean glass. Severe wear could eventually occur.
”The public is cautioned against excessive use of products containing ‘dioforms,’ which are abrasive substances that can cause the breakdown of tooth enamel. Products containing the ingredients silica and cellulose, in particular, should be avoided when gum disease, tooth decay, sensitivity and receding gums are present.
While these ingredients can remove tartar and make teeth whiter in appear-ance, they also may do harm to dental health by altering the acidic balance of the mouth, gums and tongue,” said Dr. Warren Scherer, New York University College of Dentistry, as reported by The Naples Daily News.
Consumers find diethanolamine, or DEA, in products that foam, including toothpaste. DEA disrupts hormones and forms cancer-causing nitrates. Ac-cording to Dr. Samuel Epstein, professor of environmental health at University of Illinois, repeated skin exposure to DEA can lead to increased risk of liver and kidney cancers.
The purpose of glycerin is to give pasty feeling of toothpaste. It is a chemical derived from petrochemicals. It is safe to consume glycerin, however glycerin blocks your teeth from re-mineralizing – you need 20 rinses to get it off your teeth.
Artificial sweeteners like saccharin, sorbitol, and aspartame are added to the toothpaste to mask the horrible chemical taste.