(N.Morgan) A vast majority of consumers have heard about Fluoride in many toothpaste commercials, touting that Fluoride is paramount in dental care.
A recent study has revealed there is another dangerous chemical lurking in toothpaste and it is even more dangerous and damaging than Fluoride and has already been linked to Cancer.
Toothpaste Health Risks
The chemical discovered can be found in only one major toothpaste brand, and it goes by the name of triclosan.
Colgate is the only major toothpaste brand known to use triclosan and it is one of the most mainstream toothpastes used by Americans and is exposing many of them to the health risks of triclosan.
It is added to the toothpaste to supposedly reduce the risk of bacterial infection, however, studies have found that the health risks associated with it may cancel out any benefits that it can provide.
Various animal studies conducted on triclosan uncovered that it has a extreme affect on the hormone balance of mammals.
This means that it has an impact on male and female hormones such as testosterone and estrogen as well as our thyroid system.
Disrupting the balance of certain hormones, specifically estrogen, has been linked to various diseases, most notably breast cancer.
This is because breast cancer cells are generally receptive to estrogen, meaning that having an excess amount of estrogen can cause them to grow.
If triclosan exposure really does increase the amount of estrogen in our bodies, which many studies show that it is a reasonable possibility, then it is safe to conclude that exposure to triclosan can greatly increase our risk of breast cancer.
Apart from being linked to cancer, triclosan’s antimicrobial properties have also caused concerne among experts due to the possibility of “super-bugs”.
These are bacterial strains that have become resistant to triclosan’s antimicrobial properties and will eventually spread without any form of medication able to stop it.
There are a variety of options for natural toothpastes or homemade toothpastes, here are a few examples.
Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide both have natural whitening and antimicrobial properties.
To use them, all you have to do is mix them together and apply them to your toothbrush the same way you would any normal toothpaste.
In order to properly make baking soda-hydrogen peroxide toothpaste, make sure to use less baking soda than hydrogen peroxide.
Mix about two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with one tablespoon of baking soda. Make sure that it isn’t gritty.
After brushing with the paste, let it sit on your teeth for about a minute to get the full whitening effects of both ingredients.
Coconut Oil and Peppermint Leaf
Coconut oil is another great, all-natural bacteria killer.
Although you can use coconut oil on its own, add peppermint leaf for that distinctive fresh, minty flavor.
Simply mash up some peppermint leaf (mixing in peppermint extract instead works as well) and brush your teeth with the mixture.
Unlike other antibacterials, coconut oil is not an immediate solution, instead, it breaks down bacteria and plaque over time.
This means that it may take prolonged use before you notice any noticeable effects.
Oil pulling is an ancient technique has been used for centuries to keep the teeth and gums healthy.
It uses oil to cleanse infected areas and help the gums heal.
Take a tablespoon of sesame, coconut, or sunflower oil and swish it around your mouth for a couple minutes, focusing on the infected gum.
Spit out (do not swallow!) and rinse immediately with warm water.