(Natural News) Using natural toothpaste lets you avoid the unhealthy additives found in most commercial toothpaste. You are substituting artificial chemical ingredients and petroleum compounds with ingredients that provide science-backed health benefits when it comes to oral health and dental hygiene.
Numerous studies have found dangerous ingredients in commercial toothpaste. These dangerous ingredients include the following:
Aspartame is the most common artificial, non-nutrient sweetener used in commercial toothpaste because it is cheap to use, low calorie and 180-200 times sweeter than sugar. When ingested, however, aspartame metabolizes in the body to form methanol (a poisonous wood alcohol) and is then quickly absorbed and converted by your body into formaldehyde, an extremely dangerous compound that causes severe damage to your tissues.
According to a study published in the journal Nutrients, “aspartame consumption can cause mood disorders, mental stress and depression.” Maternal absorption of aspartame during pregnancy correlates with autism in children. Long-term aspartame use influences the cerebral and cerebellar cortex. It can cause neurodegeneration, modify the functions of neuronal cells and interrupt homeostasis, learning and memory.
Fluoride fights cavities, but in large doses is toxic and can also cause mottled teeth, in which the enamel of the teeth appears flat, opaque white, stained yellow, brown or black.
Parabens are preservatives that are used to extend the shelf life of toothpaste and may cause endocrine disruption, according to a study published in the journal Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is petrol-derived and used to create foam in commercial toothpaste. A study published in the American Journal of Dentistry reported mucosal desquamation (peeling or flaking), irritation or inflammation of oral mucosa or the dorsal part of the tongue, ulcerations and toxic reactions in the oral cavity as harmful effects of SLS.
While commonly used in the U.S., titanium dioxide is deemed unsafe in Europe and is among chemicals banned by the European Union (EU) as a possible carcinogen. Titanium dioxide is used as white pigment in toothpaste.
A study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, reported on the adverse health effects of this additive, including inflammation, DNA damage, tumor promotion and weakening of the immune system.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned antibacterial agent triclosan (TCS) in the U.S. on September 2016. It is also currently under assessment as an endocrine disruptor in the EU.
Human epidemiological studies correlated TCS, which is readily absorbed into human skin and oral mucosa, with reproductive and developmental defects and demonstrated an association between spontaneous abortion rates and high TCS urine concentrations. Several studies have also shown that TCS exhibited endocrine-disrupting effects.
Baking soda keeps your teeth white, absorbs smells and helps clean your teeth. When baking soda mixes with water, it becomes an alkaline solution. This leads to the release of free radicals, which help break plaque on your teeth and remove surface stains. On top of this, baking soda is an effective treatment for anyone experiencing mouth ulcers.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, baking soda is non-toxic and is mild on the soft tissues of the gums and oral mucosa.
Coconut oil supports healthy clean teeth and gums and helps decrease plaque buildup, tooth decay, bleeding of gums and the formation of bad breath. It even helps to restore dental enamel.
According to a study published in the journal Heliyon, coconut oil is composed mainly of medium fatty acids, including lauric acid, which is known for its anti-microbial, bacteria-fighting and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Essential oils add a nice flavor and also have their own science-backed health benefits. Just make sure the essential oils you choose are pure and recommended for internal use.
The fourth ingredient, which is optional, is a natural sweetener like Xylitol, a sugar alcohol derived from natural sources such as fruits, vegetables and birch trees. Baking soda tastes quite salty, so others add a natural sweetener to make the taste a little bit better, especially if you have children.
You can make a good amount of homemade toothpaste in a matter of seconds. Simply mix:
* 5 tablespoons baking soda
* 4 tablespoons coconut oil
* 10-15 drops of your preferred essential oils (peppermint, spearmint, clove, cinnamon, tea
tree, thyme or wild orange)
* A little under a teaspoon of your preferred natural sweetener (Stevia, Xylitol)
Mix them together until they become a paste that looks similar to a store-bought toothpaste.