Teeth are important, aren’t they. It’s your smile, the first thing people usually notice and the gateway to the rest of your body. So if you’re teeth aren’t healthy they could be causing your body all kinds of problems!
And we’d all love to have a gleaming white smile, but that doesn’t always mean healthy teeth and gums. Chemical pastes, abrasive whiting, and nasties like bleach may give you white teeth but could do major, often irreparable damage to your nashers.
So first things first here’s a little list highlighting the toxics to look out for, because chances are your toothpaste has at least 1 of them, even your kid’s toothpaste!
Fluoride a truly horrendous chemical that’s been linked to all kinds of mental health issues and problems with brain function, seriously toxic stuff. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) many reasons not to use this but for a start it’s a pesticide, used to kill insects and plants (put it in my mouth, uh no thanks) and its corrosive (on my teeth! Hell no!). Aspartame yes the nasty little sweeter which has been band in so many soft drinks due to links with Alzheimer’s disease and birth defects, not exactly something you’d want in your toothpaste! Microbeads which are essentially teeny tiny plastic beads, mostly used in body scrubs and whitening pastes, as the beads exfoliate and then go directly into your body, yes that’s right, you have plastic in you body! It goes down the drain as well and because the beads are so small they can’t be filtered out so those beads end up in the ocean, and you know that juicy piece of fish you’re about to eat, yes, that’s probably where the microbeads have ended up. Green Peace are working really hard to band them, with our help. Diethanolamine (DEA) is another horrible toxin that goes directly into skin and causes bladder, esophagus, liver and stomach cancer, hard to believe it’s in a toothpaste, but it is, just check the packet of most big brands. Propylene Glycol is a mineral oil (which in itself has huge links to premature ageing) and can be found in paint enamel, antifreeze and other products you wouldn’t dream of using on your skin, let alone in your mouth, also links to organ system toxicity.
Yuck right, so what to do, well luckily there are loads to amazing organic and chemical free toothpastes out there and you could even try making your own! Here’s a super simple recipe from Food Renegade if you fancy giving it a whirl.
No on to my personal dental routine. My teeth may not be pearly white, but they’re pretty good and I’ve had more compliments from my dentist that EVER before, which is something to be proud of. I’ve also banished my tooth sensitivity, definitely something to smile about!
My Dental Regime:
My fav natural toothpaste and I’ve tried a lot, it’s also one of the cheapest! It uses extract of Salvadora persica a.k.a the toothbrush tree, which has been naturally cleaning teeth for centuries. I’ve never had a cleaner teeth feeling. Really is wonderful stuff and although it doesn’t have the regular mint taste, it really is pleasant and you quickly get used to it. Mint pastes feel sickly to me now!
I used to get a lot of mouth ulcers, so I started using this paste every other day, as an extra, because salt is naturally antibacterial and leaves my gums feeling really healthy.
I use this as a mouthwash, a teaspoon in my mouth quickly turns to a liquid and you can swish it around, after a few minutes your teeth are super clean and shiny. And used everyday you can definitely see a whiting effect. It also seals gums, which is a big WIN for dental hygiene!
I hope you’ve been inspired to to change your dental regime to a safer and cleaner one! If you’d like to learn more this site was really helpful. I’d also love to hear about any new organic products you’re loving, get in touch below and happy smiling…