The Chemicals in Toothpaste and Oral care products

Gum tissue absorbs 90% of what it is exposed to…most of the oral care products on grocery store and pharmacy shelves are loaded with chemicals. A few you will always find on the ingredient lists are:

  • Triclosan is a synthetic “ antibacterial” commonly found in toothpaste, hand soaps, hand gels and mouthwashes. Triclosan is a pesticide and is classified as a chlorophenol, a class of chemicals suspected of causing cancer in humans.
  • SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) is a foaming agent in toothpastes.  It causes inflammation and can weaken the immune system. SLS can be irritating to the person with a dry mouth.
  • DEA (Diethanolamine) is a foaming agent that is a known hormone disruptor and can react with other ingredients to form a potential carcinogen called NDEA (N-nitrosodiethanolamine), which is readily absorbed through the skin and has been linked with cancers of the stomach, esophagus, liver, and bladder.
  • Hydrated silica is an abrasive agent which can remove tartar and make teeth whiter in appearance. It also may do harm to dental health by altering the acidic balance of the mouth, gums and tongue.
  • Alcohol is a common ingredient in most mouthwashes. Listerine (22-26.9%), Scope (18.9%) and Cepacol (14%). Many people are using mouthwashes to combat “dry mouth syndrome” and the alcohol in the mouthwash is actually causing dryness, burning and sloughing of the mouth tissues.

We can eliminate part of the toxic load affecting our bodies simply by making smarter choices in mouth care products. By eliminating the chemical exposure, that by default happens 2 times per day when we are brushing and rinsing our teeth, we can take small steps that will only benefit our total body health over time! We need to be aware of what we are ingesting. This includes toothpaste, mouthwash, gums, mints and lozenges. There are healthier alternatives available.


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