Toothpaste is something everyone uses at least twice a day; typically once in the morning and once at night. It has become so routine that people are forgetting what they are putting in their mouths. When picking a toothpaste brand to use, people tend to go for the one that tastes the best and claims it has the best benefits, such as whiter teeth or stronger enamel. But what people don’t realize is that most major toothpaste brands can do more damage to your teeth than good. Artificial toothpaste typically contains fluoride, sulfate, diethanolamine, triclosan, detergent, and artificial sweeteners.
Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in water sources and can help prevent cavities and tooth decay. However, it is a toxic chemical that can lead to toxicity when you over ingest it. Children are at risk for over ingesting fluoride because they swallow a large amount of the paste that they put in their mouth.
Sulfate is a foaming agent found in toothpaste. It is also known to cause irritation and increase painful canker sore outbreaks.
Diethanolamine (DEA) is found in many foaming products, such as toothpaste. It is known to be a hormone disrupter and can react with other ingredient to form a potential carcinogen.
Triclosan is an antibacterial chemical known to fight plaque and gingivitis. However, it is also known to be an endocrine disruptor, or the disruption of hormone production and regulation, and bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Recent studies have shown that there are links to cancer.
Detergent is used as a surfactant in toothpaste. In other words, it breaks down substances on your teeth that cannot be dissolved or rinsed away with water. Sulfate is a common detergent found in toothpaste, and as we learned, sulfate creates oral irritation and increases painful canker sore outbreaks.
Artificial Sweeteners is typically added to toothpaste to provide a good tasting toothpaste. Some of these sweeteners can be converted to a formaldehyde, which can cause serious damages to your tissues.
Instead of picking these chemically infused toothpastes, you can adopt a natural option, such as Ivyees Natural Honey & Miswak Toothpaste. It contains no sulfate, fluoride, and is carrageenan free. Although it may be counterintuitive to use honey to brush your teeth, honey has actually been found to prevent cavities and reduce plaque due to honey’s many health promoting properties. So instead of using a toothpaste that can cause chemical damage, switch to a natural alternative today!