Tip Tuesday: Do you know what's in your toothpaste?

Nothing feels nicer than brushing your teeth in the morning and relishing that minty tingle while admiring those pearly whites in the mirror.  Right?

Well maybe not after reading this.  Who doesn't like a gleaming smile and fresh breath...but at what price?  All those long-lasting, breath freshening, teeth whitening tubes are filled with all kinds of nasty chemicals that really serve no purpose.

Firstly there's Fluoride.  Sodium Fluoride is in most toothpastes you find at the store and if you read the labels they say not suitable for children under the age of 5 or 6.  Why?  Because it's toxic.  Essentially it's industrial waste that's put in water, toothpaste and mouthwash etc.  It can be found in rat poison and pesticides.  Even worse, there is enough Fluoride in half a 100 mg tube of toothpaste to kill a small child.  And people say what's so bad about fluoride?

And then there's Triclosan.  That's the little anti-bacterial chemical found in just about everything.  Deodorant, hand soap, toothpaste, dish detergent and the list goes on.  But Triclosan  is a pesticide and also suspected of causing cancer.  Lovely.

Then there's the 3 Amigos - Sodium Laurel Sulphate, Propylene Glycol and DEA. You might remember them from 'Do you know what's in your deodorant?'

 Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is a detergent and surfactant giving you all that minty foam.  It can irritate your eyes and skin and is also the main ingredient in store bought Fruit-Fly killer!

Propylene Glycol- this is the main ingredient in antifreeze and is used as a wetting agent and surfactant in your toothpaste.  Enough said.

DEA - Diethanolamine is used in toothpaste to give them a nice creamy texture and foaming action.  It is also used as a corrosion inhibitor and to remove hydrogen sulphide and carbon dioxide from natural gas.  And did I mention it's a hormone disruptor and forms cancer-causing nitrates.

So the long and the short of it all is we don't use regular tooth paste. I like things simple; including the list of ingredients on products we use. Definitely a case of 'less is more'.  And yes our teeth are still white and our breathe is still fresh! 

 These are in our vanity right now.  What's in yours?

Tom's of Maine
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Brushing naturally,
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