I will start this post buy asking you: Did you ever stop to think about the ingredients that are in your toothpaste and if they can harm you? Did you ever research scientific studies or reports about those ingredients? When I did, and I started using a Natural Organic Toothpaste right away.
A long time ago I asked myself these questions. I found that ingredients I was consuming at least two times per day, every day, for many years, were under suspicion or proven to be linked to health issues. I was poisoning myself and poisoning the environment. When we go to the supermarket it’s amazing to see the variety of toothpastes. There are so many flavours and different benefits with all of them! We are tricked by the packaging and flavours without giving priority to what really matters: the ingredients. Did you ever notice warning labels like: “In case of accidental ingestion, seek professional assistance or contact a Poison Control Centre immediately”, “do not swallow” or “use the amount of a pea size”. These are not warnings we want to see on something we consume everyday and give to our children, right?
So which ingredients should we avoid?
First of all, it’s important to know how to read the ingredients list. The most used ingredient by quantity is stated first, and the less used in the end. You can research each ingredient on for example “Google Scholar” , which gives you access to scientific articles. You will be surprised with what you will find! Here are some of the ingredients you can find in your regular toothpaste.
Fluoride (Sodium Fluoride)
We know Fluoride as a preventive for cavities and, for that reason, we see it in a lot of toothpastes. However, studies reveal that excessive use of fluoride can cause health issues, like diarrhoea, nausea and even heart attack.
Did you know that fluoride is not only present in our daily lives through toothpaste. It’s in our drinking water, food, mouthwashes and even on teflon pans (non-stick pans)? That´s right! A study made in 1975 proved that Teflon (or Polytetrafluoroethylene) pans increased the amount of fluoride in the cooked food. It is mainly carbon atoms bonded to fluoride ions and these ions, when heated are dissolved in our food.
Another interesting study made by the National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR) stated that there was no relationship between using Fluoride and the prevention of Tooth Decay. The children from the area exposed to less fluoride were the ones with less tooth decay.
See more info here: “Fluoride Overdose” , “Effect of Cooking Vessel Composition on Fluoride” , “Are Your Pots And Pans Altering Fluoride Levels In Your Cooked Meals” , “NIDR Study Shows No Relationship Between Fluoridation and Tooth Decay Rate”
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
You will find this ingredient in a lot of cosmetics and detergents. It is used in toothpastes, mouthwashes, shampoos, shower gels and even moisturisers. It is one of the most widely used foaming synthetic ingredient. A preliminary study made by the Department of Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine, Dental Faculty of Oslo, Norway, showed that the use of SLS increases the number of aphthous ulcers (Aftas). Big amounts of SLS can also cause skin irritation and severe exposure can cause death.
See more info here: “Sodium Lauryl Sulfate And Recurrent Aphthous Ulcers”
Sodium Saccharin is a petroleum-based sugar substitute. It can be found not only in toothpastes but also in soft drinks, diet food and in some cosmetics like lip-balms. It is so sweet that only a small amount is needed, thereby being cheaper to use than other sweeteners. Studies made in rats and mice, prove that Sodium Saccharin is carcinogenic for the urinary bladder and it affects more male than female. I saw this ingredient on a toothpaste for children down to 6 years.
Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal ingredient used in most toothpastes. It can also be found in detergents, soaps and shampoos. There are ongoing studies on Triclosan and its potential harmful effect to the human body and the environment. Studies with rats have revealed that Triclosan affects the thyroid hormone and the testosterone concentrations. Other studies have also raised concerns regarding Triclosan and its contribution to bacteria resistance and as an endocrine disruptor, causing development issues.
Georganics Natural Organic toothpaste
While still living in London I started making my own Natural Organic toothpaste. I used Organic Raw Coconut Oil, baking soda, etc., following recipes I was finding online. I was not happy with any of the recipes I found. Either I did not like the taste or it was too strong for my gums.
After starting my studies on Organic Skincare, I immediately understood that the recipes I found online were not liable and could be a danger to my health. I found some recipes containing water without any type of natural preservative, allowing the proliferation of microorganisms.
This is when I found Georganics Natural Organic toothpaste, which I love and still use today. It is suitable for all ages and also great for sensitive teeth’s and gum, like mine! I liked it so much that I decided to bring it to Portugal and sell it on my Mind The Trash online shop. You can find it here.
Georganics Natural Organic toothpaste is free from all artificial and toxic ingredients and it comes in a glass jar! Why not give it a try? Improve your health and help the environment!