Brush three times a day!
You probably grew up hearing this from your parents, today popular toothpaste brands have ingredients that can threaten your health. The worst ingredients don’t even help keep your teeth cleanser. This is something that you should consider. Does the risk outweighs the benefits?
Here are six ingredients that just aren’t worth the risk.
1. Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS)
SLS seems to fuel canker sores. Researchers have linked SLS to higher numbers of canker sore outbreaks that last longer.
All it does is foam. There is no other purpose other than the experience but people associate foaming with clean. You can get more cleaning power scraping action of brushing or flossing (or even just eating a carrot) than you do from SLS.
About 15 years ago, triclosan came to oral care because it fights the bacteria in plaque for up to 12 hours. Research is showing that, much like BPA, triclosan is a hormone disruptor.
And now that it’s been out for a long time and it’s been going down the drain, we’re starting to see the environmental impacts. Triclosan is a hormone disruptor for people, but it’s also a food-chain disruptor because it affects algae.
3. Blue 1 and 2
These dyes are used to color the toothpaste. When swallowed it’s a respiratory irritant, digestive tract irritant, and there have been correlation studies between blue #1 and behavioral problems in children.
We love the minty-fresh taste, but what do the toothpaste companies add to make their pastes palatable. It’s important to watch out for flavoring agents like aspartame. If you’re making the jump to natural herbal rinse and need help getting used to the new taste, she recommends looking for natural sweeteners like xylitol or stevia.
5. Hydrated Silica
This chemical is used for stain removal, that it doesn’t break down over time. This means that it can damage your enamel.
Alcohol is an antimicrobial, but it’s also a drying agent. So while it freshens your breath initially, it flips back twofold later because the bacteria thrive in a dry mouth.
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