• Hydrated silica is primarily used as an abrasive in toothpaste, and is composed of a crystallized compound found in quartz, sand, and clint.
• Sorbitol is most commonly used as a sugar substitute, and as you would probably assume, is used largely to give toothpaste a somewhat pleasant taste. Doesn’t sound bad huh? Well, when you consider sorbitol as a laxative, a humectant and a thickener in various shampoos, it may make you think twice about using it in your toothpaste to keep your mouth fresh and clean.
• Titanium dioxide is best known as an ingredient in sunscreen and is used in thousands of very common cosmetic products. What’s worse, titanium dioxide is an ingredient for which no long-‐term safety testing on humans has ever been conducted. In fact, according to the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety, titanium dioxide may be a human carcinogen. In toothpaste it is used for its whitening powers.
• Glycerin is a syrupy, sweet, colorless liquid obtained from fats and oils. Its alternate uses include print and ink making, conserving preserved fruits, making lotions and lubricating moulds. It can also be used to prevent freezing in hydraulic jacks, and is sometimes used to preserve scienticic specimens in high school labs. Glycerin prevents toothpaste from
drying out and helps maintain product consistency.
* Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is an inexpensive detergent commonly used in cosmetic cleansers, hair shampoos, bath gels, shower gels, and bubble baths. It is probably the most dangerous ingredient used in skin and hair care products. In the cleaning industry it is used in garage cloor cleaners, engine degreasers, and car-‐wash soaps.
SLS cleans by corrosion and readily attacks greasy surfaces. Because it has a foaming property, it is used in toothpaste (and also your soaps and shampoos) to generate foam, giving the impression that your toothpaste is cleaning very well. However, SLS has been found to be harmful to skin tissue according to the American College of Toxicity. The journal of the American College of Toxicology reports that SLS can penetrate and be retained in the eye, brain, heart, and liver with potentially harmful long- term effects.
Natural ways to clean your teeth with no toxic chemicals:
1) For whitening, brush your teeth with baking soda. One small container sells for very cheap and you only need a bit to clean your teeth. Plus, you only need to brush your teeth with baking soda twice-thrice a week to make it whiter. (I’ll report back in a month’s time if it’s really effective!)
2) Essential oils such as peppermint, spearmint and almond oil have antibacterial and antifungal properties and kill the germs in your mouth very effectively with no side effects. These oils are also safe for consumption, unlike the litany of crazy chemicals in conventional toothpaste. Imagine, you brush your teeth twice or more a day – you’re actually ingesting minute amounts of all the toxic crap in conventional toothpaste! Wouldn’t you rather brush your teeth with things that are so safe you can even eat them? I’ve been using it for a month, and the oils are VERY strong. I even used them to clean my retainers which have turned murky and gross over the months, and my retainers became sparkling clean after being soaked in oil for a few minutes!!! Amazing!!
Haha but please don’t use cooking oil or olive oil or whatever oil to brush your teeth.
What brand of toothpaste do you use? What harmful ingredients does it contain?