Toothpaste, for the love of a healthy (?) smile 😀

Did you know that your mouth is one of the most absorbent places in your body? It’s like a sponge in our skulls where we absorb many of the nutrients we need to sustain life. So what is it that you and your loved ones are absorbing every time you all brush your teeth?  In the following article I briefly highlight the potential side effects of 2 toxic ingredients found in commercial toothpastes and then give you the smarter alternatives 🙂

Triclosan

Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent found in cosmetics, toothpaste and soaps. It’s only recently banned in USA and studies suggest it’s an endocrine system disrupter. Female rats experienced miscarraiges while male rats experienced reduced sperm count and lowered testosterone levels.

If you’re absorbing any Endocrine-disrupting chemicals they can cause the following: Cancer (breast, ovarian, prostate, and testicular), early puberty in girls, undescended testicles in boys and preterm and low birth weight babies.

Triclosan as a bacterial killer, has been linked to antibiotic resistance  as well as possibly altering the gut microbiome.

This chemical has also been widely linked to cancer. Its been said to possibly promote the growth of breast cancer cells.

Here is a list of some products containing triclosan.

Its also been found in water in, South Africa.

My hands holing toothbrush and a tube of Vicco Ayuverdic toothpaste

I get my toothpaste from my aunt who has her own health shop. Lucky me 🙂

Flouride

Flouride is in a great deal of things, mainly, our water. It’s even in the water you buy off the shelves! Western Europe doesn’t allow the fluoridation of its water supply as well as China and Japan and there is a rise in countries now banning the use of it.

There have been more than 34 human and 100 animal studies linking fluoride to brain damage. Fluoride toxicity can lead to many health problems, including:

  • Athritis
  • Lower IQ in children
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Dementia
  • Genetic damage and cell death
  • Damaged sperm and increased infertility
  • Thyroid disease
  • Muscle disorders
  • Bone cancer (osteosarcoma)
  • Disrupts synthesis of collagen
  • Inactivates 62 enzymes and inhibits more than 100
  • Hyperactivity and/ or lethargy
  • Inhibited formation of antibodies
  • Bone fractures
  • Kidney disease
  • Lowered thryoid function
  • Disrupted immune system
  • Increased tumour and cancer rate
  • Increased lead absorption

With all this being said, there are some OTHER ingredients in toothpaste which are just as harmful and detrimental to your body. For those of you who would like to make the transition, here are some excellent alternatives to experiment with! Simply click on the IMAGE to see full product info…

jar of back 2 nature toothpaste, silver lid with a floral purple label.

Back2Nature has a beautifully simplified their toothpaste. If raw living is what you’re about this is perfect!

 

white tube of toothpaste with green and brown writing

Pure Beginnings has a wonderful toothpaste range for adults and children in different flavours! That’ll surely help when moving your kids over to healthier options.

A black round tub of natural teeth whitner, with white writing and white background.

This is THE FIRST all natural tooth whitner to hit SA shelves. Thanks Bodyology! Its your lucky day it seems- Faithful to Nature is giving away a FREE Pure beginnings toothpaste with this purchase!

A tube of toothpaste sitting on top of its box. The packaging is green and white with menthol leaves.

I dont know about you but I have sensitive teeth! A natural, safe method to combating painful gums with, Himalaya toothpaste.

A tube of natures fresh toothpaste with yellow and green colouring and writing. Daisies depicted on the tube.

Talk about bang for your buck! Also, Natures fresh have some other AMAZING, NATURAL products you all have to go check out!