What’s Wrong with Toothpaste?

Have you ever really thought about what’s in your toothpaste? Most people don’t even think about it, but if you are a health-conscious person living as clean and green as you can, then you’ve probably thought about the chemicals that are in your toothpaste.

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We’re not telling not to use regular toothpaste, but we do think you should be aware of what you’re putting in your mouth. Many of the chemicals in toothpaste are notorious for their toxicity. Let’s take a look at just a few.

Fluoride – This is a byproduct of industrial waste (believe it or not). Manufacturing companies thought that they would sell this to utility companies, since it was costly to dispose of,  and add it to our water. Since natural fluoride can have an effect on slowing down tooth decay, dentists and toothpaste manufacturers became part of the ploy. This was all done under the guise of preventing tooth decay. These companies had good marketing skills and despite being internationally recognized as a poison, fluoride is still blindly recommended by dentists as a preventative measure for tooth decay.

Many studies on this process of “fluoridization” to our water have been done. One such study conducted in England had the following results:

“The salts put into the water supply, sodium fluoride or silicofluorides, are industrial products never found in natural water or in organisms. They are, furthermore, notoriously toxic, sufficiently so to be used as rat poison or insecticide. Calcium fluoride, on the other hand, which is the form commonly found in natural waters, is not toxic.” — Dr. C. G. Dobbs, (Ph.D., A.R.C.S.) Bangor, Wales, England.

Sodium  fluoride – Which is found in most commercial toothpaste causes demineralization by removing the calcium from teeth which in the long term discolors them and makes them brittle.

Saccharin  – People ingest this artificial  sweetener without realizing the harm to their health. Saccharin was banned in the 70’s because it proved to cause severe health problems to rats in laboratories. However, because people liked the taste the ban was lifted.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)  – This is used in many products to make suds. In toothpaste it’s used as a thickening agent. It makes your mouth feel that something exciting is happening especially if menthol is added. Remember that toothpaste doesn’t clean your teeth. It’s the scrubbing motion of the brush that does that. Electric toothbrushes also do the important job of stimulating your gums.

Both the University of Mary Washington and North Washington Health Sciences University warn that SLS attacks the mucous membranes in the mouth, altering the structure of the skin. Some people believe that SLS allows more chemicals and toxins to enter the body by modifying skin structure. These chemicals may include other ingredients in toothpaste, or materials found in mouthwash or other cleansing products. This greater volume of chemicals leads to an elevated level of toxins in the bloodstream, which impacts health.

SLS may be blamed for some cases of chronic bad breath. This chemical can contribute to an ailment called dry mouth, in which the mouth produces less saliva than it should.

Saliva is rich in oxygen, and without it, the mouth becomes anaerobic, which is a perfect environment for anaerobic bacteria. These bacteria  produce sulfur as a waste product. When these bacteria find an environment in which they can thrive, the amount of sulfur in your mouth rises, making your breath smell bad and causing an unpleasant taste. Using a toothpaste that does not contain SLS may help you end this problem.

Who Knew All These Were In Toothpaste!?! Now What?

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to naturally support and help with oral hygiene. Purify Skin Therapy has created a magnificent blend of oils called Tooth & Gum Blend. The oils we used in this blend have a strong history of helping with mouth issues. We created this blend for oral cleaning, to support the gums, to assist with freshening breath, to disinfecting your mouth and working as an antiseptic.

This is a natural option to replace your toothpaste. It’s a fresh minty, natural clean that you and your mouth will love. We also have a KIDS Tooth & Gum, completely safe for your kids and not hot in their mouths.


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It’s really quite simple to use:

  1. Drop 2 to 3 drops of the TOOTH & GUM BLEND onto your wet toothbrush and brush as usual. Spit out after cleaning, and rinse.
  2. Repeat if necessary
  3. You can also use this powerfully disinfecting blend to flavor your own natural toothpaste.
  4. Mix 3 to 4 drops into 1 oz. water and you have just made a completely natural mouthwash. Swish with this mixture and spit out.
  5. You can use it as a mouthwash anytime to freshen the breath.
  6. Dip your floss into this mixture and then floss between your teeth as usual for extra disinfecting and cleaning power when you floss.
  7. If this blend is a little too hot for your taste, just add a little carrier oil to the bottle and that will make it so it’s not quite so hot. You can easily dilute it with a good carrier oil to work with your own taste.

Try our natural Tooth & Gum Blend today!

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