Identifying Non Toxic Toothpaste

You can reduce your risk of organ system damage and other health concerns by using non-toxic toothpaste. If you’re looking for ways to practice non-toxic selfcare, consider using organic toothpaste that is free of fluoride and triclosan as well as other artificial preservatives.

Toothpaste and other oral health care products make their way to the bloodstream faster than other topical hygiene products because they are allowed to seep in through the mouth and gum tissues.

What’s the Deal With Fluoride?
Much confusion surrounds the health benefits and risks of fluoride. It’s one of the most common ingredients added to toothpastes and mouthwashes, and is recommended by many dentists to preserve a healthy smile, but is it dangerous?

Fluoride is a nonessential chemical ion that has been linked to cancer, endocrine system damage and thyroid problems. It’s known to be neurotoxic to humans, and is suspected to cause respiratory and musculoskeletal toxicity (Environmental Working Group, 2011).

Studies on populations where fluoride had been added to the water supply in large amounts suggest that fluoride may impair cognitive development, including impaired learning, impaired memory and decreased attention span, in growing children.

Triclosan in Toothpaste
Triclosan is a common ingredient found in toothpaste. It’s an antibacterial agent and is used as a preservative. It’s restricted for use in Canada and Japan because of its proven negative impact on human health.

Triclosan has been linked to neurotoxicity, and is a known irritant to the skin, eyes and lungs. Studies have shown evidence of endocrine disruption, even in small doses. It’s been labeled as an ecotoxic agent, or an agent that is dangerous to wildlife and the environment, by the European Union.

Natural Products to Whiten Your Smile
Avoiding commercial products that are laden with chemicals doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your healthy smile. Several products can help improve your oral health and whiten your teeth without the use of bleach.

Baking soda is a natural, non-abrasive product that is useful in drawing out stains, even those on your teeth. By brushing with baking soda, you can have a whiter smile without ingesting bleach or other dangerous whitening chemicals.

By holding just a small cap-full of hydrogen peroxide in your mouth for about 10 minutes, once per week, you can achieve a whiter smile. If you have open cuts or abrasions in your mouth, avoid using hydrogen peroxide as it may reopen wounds and prevent clotting and healing.

Hydrogen peroxide is sometimes used as a safer alternative to toxic hair dyes and bleaches.