What You’re Really Ingesting
When You Brush Your Teeth
Carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and industrial byproducts have crept into major toothpaste brands. Read on to get educated and learn how to avoid these chemicals.
An antibacterial and antifungal agent used in toothpaste to fight gingivitis. It is also an ingredient in anything from pesticides to underpants(!), soaps, mouthwashes, deodorants, mattresses, blankets, rugs and toys.
Triclosan has been proven to weaken cardiac and skeletal muscles (Source: “Triclosan impairs excitation-contraction coupling and Ca2+ dynamics in striated muscle” UC Davis, PubMed, 2012).*
It has also been found to disrupt normal thyroid and endocrine functions (Source: “The Effects of Triclosan on Puberty and Thyroid Hormones in Male Wistar Rats” Oxford Journals, Toxicological Studies, 2009). *
A fluorine compound that can be naturally sourced, but typically isn’t. In mass production (most toothpaste brands and our water supply), it is actually a byproduct of iron and steel manufacturing.
Fluoride is said to fight cavities, but have you ever noticed the FDA-required warning on all fluoridated toothpaste? “Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately.”
The facts: Fluoride has linked to numerous health issues. It has been identified as a “neurotoxic substance” that causes severe brain damage (Source: “Developmental neurotoxicity of industrial chemicals” The Lancet, 2006). It has also been associated with bone cancer in males (Source: “Age-specific fluoride exposure in drinking water and osteosarcoma” Harvard School of Dental Medicine, PubMed, 2006).
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
An industrial agent and emulsifier that aids in mass manufacturing. Widespread and unregulated, it is found in shampoo, conditioner, makeup, perfume, laundry detergent, and of course, toothpaste.
SLS is what creates the familiar foam in your mouth that you experience while brushing. While there have not been many studies on this substance that millions of Americans consume on a daily basis, SLS has been linked to colon cancer (Source: “Emulsifiers which reduce the latency of the development of colonic cancer–sodium lauryl sulfate and methylazoxymethanol” Koya G, Narita N, PubMed, 1982).*
What You Can Do
Read the labels and choose natural products!
For example, essential oils such as gum joy oil are free of toxic chemicals, preservatives, solvents, fillers or additives. This product contains pure organic hemp oil, wintergreen and rosemary oils, and perhaps most importantly, organic tea tree oil which has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties (Source: “Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil: a Review of Antimicrobial and Other Medicinal Properties” Clinical Microbiology Reviews, 2006).
Combine gum joy oil with our food grade hydrogen peroxide for the ultimate in cleaning and nourishing your teeth and gums. You can also try the Ayurvedic remedy of oil pulling (swishing) with coconut oil for up to 20 minutes—this has been proven effective at reducing bacterial count in the mouth (Source: “Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study” Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, India, 2008).
* Sunfood does not condone testing on animals
What People Are Saying About Natural Oral Hygiene
Best Oral Care I Have Found – Hans, Sunfood Customer
“I use a few drops of gum joy oil on my Sonicare electric tooth brush, brush for the 2 minute timer and I have no oral problems.”
Most personal care products on the market are ridden with toxins and are barely regulated by the FDA. Take a stand to stop supporting toothpaste companies that put profit over health. Choose natural alternatives for clean and safe oral hygiene — without the risk.
Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. This information has not been approved by the FDA and has not been verified by medical professionals. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.