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THE DANGERS OF COMMON DENTAL CLEANING PRODUCTS:

Across the world, healthy, white teeth and a dazzling smile are regarded as prize assets and essential features of beauty and attractiveness, fuelling a huge industry and market for dental cleaning and cosmetic products.

What is not well known is that many of the dental products available in the market can be harmful not just for our teeth but for our overall health and well-being.

Take, for example, the ubiquitous toothpaste that is used twice daily by people of all ages from toddlers upwards. Have you ever wondered why the U.S. government requires statutory warning labels on toothpaste? A typical label advises consumers to immediately contact a Poison Control Center if more than the quantity of toothpaste used for brushing is accidentally swallowed.

The reason for these warning labels is that major brand toothpastes and mouthwashes reportedly contain dangerous and toxic chemicals that can cause serious health problems including cardiac failure and cancer.

 

FIVE HIGHLY DANGEROUS CHEMICALS FOUND IN COMMON BRANDS OF TOOTHPASTE:

Scott Baker a researcher and writer on natural solutions for gum disease reveals five highly dangerous chemicals found in common bands of toothpaste:

1. Sodium Fluoride: Most brands of toothpaste and many mouth rinses contain fluoride, which is one of the main ingredients of rat poison. Fluoride has never been approved by the FDA and has been shown to be not only ineffective in reducing dental cavities, but also linked to dental deformity, allergic reactions, and arthritis. It is an established carcinogen (National Cancer Institute) and is known to have been used historically as a mood altering agent in Nazi prison camps and the Soviet gulags in Siberia.

2. FD&C Blue Dye # 1 and 2: These artificial coloring agents found in familiar toothpaste brands can trigger a wide range of behavioral, learning and health problems, including cancer. Because of their carcinogenic activity, they have come under increasing scientific and government scrutiny. They may also cause potentially severe allergic reactions, asthma attacks, nausea, headaches, fatigue, and lack of concentration. What makes these substances especially dangerous is that even without swallowing, they can be easily and quickly absorbed through the skin on the lips or through the mouth’s mucous membrane.

3. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): This substance is widely added to toothpastes (as well as most shampoos) because of its foaming property. It has, however, been found to be corrosive and harmful to skin tissue (American College of Toxicity) and can have potentially harmful long-term effects due to its penetration and retention in the eyes, brain, heart, and liver. SLS can result in children’s eyes not developing properly and can cause cataracts in adults.

4. Triclosan: This ingredient is added to many toothpastes and detergents because of its antibacterial properties. However, concerns about its safety have been raised by Tufts University School of Medicine and it has been registered as a dangerous pesticide by the EPA. It belongs to a class of chemicals suspected of causing cancer and when taken internally, even in small amounts, can lead to circulatory collapse, coma, convulsions, and death.

5. Hydrated Silica: This whitener is primarily used as an abrasive in toothpaste and is known to harm the enamel of the teeth and to prevent re-mineralization from occurring. Erosion of tooth enamel allows bacteria to get into the porous dentine layer below and to cause severe cavities. Products containing silica and cellulose should be especially avoided by people suffering from gum disease, tooth decay, sensitivity, and receding gums.

TEETH WHITENING PRODUCTS:

So much for the dangers of toothpaste! What about common dental products used for bleaching your teeth?

A study published in the Journal of Dentistry (March 2009 issue) indicates that at-home and professional tooth bleaching products can cause enamel erosion and loss.

It was found that treated teeth lost an average of 1.2 to 2 nanometers of enamel and that tray methods reduced teeth enamel hardness more than strip treatments. While these losses are not immediately perceptible, they are potentially of concern over the long term.

SAFE TOOTH CLEANING AND REMINERALIZATION: NATURAL SOLUTIONS

Fortunately, there are natural and safe alternatives not just for keeping teeth clean, but also for protecting their enamel and even helping to gradually re-mineralize them.

To briefly explain how remineralization of teeth occurs: teeth are essentially made up of calcium and phosphate which are continuously migrating in and out of the teeth and bones. The lactic acid produced by bacteria dissolves calcium and phosphorus in the tooth enamel causing them to decay. Teeth remineralize when dissolved minerals in the saliva can be absorbed by clean teeth.

The key to this process is the pH level of the saliva. When saliva is at a neutral or near neutral pH of between 7.0 and 7.5, teeth are able to remineralize properly. Conversely, saliva that is too acidic (due to lactic acid) de-mineralizes teeth.

It is essential that the teeth are clean to be able to absorb nutrients in the saliva. Most toothpastes contain glycerin which coats the teeth with a film that doesn’t rinse off and prevents teeth from absorbing nutrients.

Below, we describe two products that, used in combination can safely address all of these issues of protecting the enamel while cleaning and polishing teeth to bring out their pearly white beauty.

DAILY SWISH: A MODERN FORMULATION BASED ON THE ANCIENT AYURVEDIC TECHNIQUE OF OIL PULLING

The first is an Ayurvedic product offered by Banyan Botanicals which draws on the ancient technique of oil pulling. For those of you who are not familiar with oil pulling, this involves swishing a tablespoon of oil (certain kinds of oils with medicinal and health enhancing properties are recommended such as virgin cold pressed coconut oil are strongly recommended) for 15 to 20 minutes before disposing of the oil. Not only does the oil clean the teeth thoroughly, but this process has many health benefits for the mouth as well as more widely. Apart from whitening teeth, freshening breath, and improving oral health, oil pulling removes bacteria while drawing out toxins in the body, literally “pulling” them out. We have been using this technique for years and can personally recommend it.

While virgin cold pressed coconut oil is an excellent product to use for oil pulling, we are impressed by Banyan Botanicals product OIL SWISH which combines two well-known Ayurvedic medicinal oils, coconut oil and sesame oil, with a refreshing blend of essential oils, namely spearmint and peppermint oil. We love this combination of Ayurvedic oils with essential oils both in terms of their effect and the enhanced flavors (not everyone finds coconut or sesame oil by themselves palatable. Let us say this is an acquired taste).

To learn more about Daily Swish, please visit the link  or banner below:

Apples and Doctors Recommends Oil Swish

 CORAL CALCIUM: A TOOTHPASTE THAT CLEANS AND REMINERALIZES YOUR TEETH

A second dental product that we  have tested  and really liked is Good Health’s Coral Calcium, not only because of its effectiveness and low price, but also because it is safe, both for the environment and for our health. It contains no fluoride, artificial flavors or colors, no sodium lauryl sulfate, and no preservatives. Using Coral White, which contains ionic coral minerals, with 86% ionic calcium, helps to shift the the pH of our mouths to alkaline and to neutralize bacterial acids. Additionally, unlike normal toothpastes, it is actually nourishing because of its content of a rich whole food mineral complex. Brushing your teeth with Coral White not only protects you from cavities, but also whitens teeth, freshens breath and genuinely helps to re-mineralize tooth enamel (we can vouch for this).

To learn more about this excellent dental product, please click on the link below:

Apples and Doctors Recommends Coral Calcium

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