The Dirty Truth About Toothpaste

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 03/12/2011 ( 78 moms have responded )

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The ingredients that lurk inside your toothpaste, a simple everyday product we’ve all used since toddlerhood, are known toxins. And yet, we still use it. Even the American Dental Association (ADA) remains mum on these startling facts, so it’s up to you to educate yourself about the health risks of each ingredient.

Here’s a rundown of just some of the toxic ingredients you may find on your toothpaste’s ingredients label:

Sodium lauryl sulfate — This ingredient is commonly found in toothpaste, shampoos and soaps as a foaming agent to give the impression of cleansing. It is also a strong detergent known to cause eye irritation, skin rashes, hair loss, flaky skin and mouth ulcers (or canker sores).
Propylene glycol — Found in toothpaste, processed foods, cosmetics, antifreeze and brake fluid, propylene glycol is a skin irritant that can cause a bunch of complications: kidney damage, liver abnormalities, nausea, headache, vomiting, central nervous system depression, rashes and dry skin.

Triclosan — Some toothpaste products contain triclosan, which is also found in antimicrobial hand soaps. The dangerous aspect of this chemical is that it reacts when it comes in contact with the chlorine in tap water to produce chloroform, which can cause cancer.

Sodium fluoride — Sodium fluoride is one of the main ingredients in toothpaste — and rat and cockroach poison. It’s considered a carcinogen in large doses that causes paralysis, muscular weakness, clonic convulsions and respiratory and cardiac failure. It’s also never been approved by the FDA and has been linked to tooth deformities, arthritis, allergic reactions and cancer.
Fluorosilicic acid — Fluorosilicic acid is used to fluoridate tap water (in 90% of communities that fluoridate) and as a substitute for sodium fluoride in toothpaste. Fluorosilicic acid is a toxic waste product from the manufacturing of phosphate fertilizers. A study published in International Journal of Environmental Studies shows that children in areas with fluorosilicic acid added to the water had higher levels of lead in their bodies.

Don’t be fooled by products claiming to be “natural.” Finding a green toothpaste is tough, and you have to read the labels closely.

Most of Tom’s of Maine toothpaste products contain sodium lauryl sulfate, but there are two fluoride- and SLS-free options using “naturally sourced fluoride” and the foaming properties of glycyrrhizin (from purified licorice root). All of the company’s toothpaste products are made with recyclable aluminum packaging.

Miessence’s Mint Toothpaste contains no fluoride, aluminum or artificial sweeteners. Miessence only uses certified organic and beneficial ingredients in its personal care products (they’re all edible!) and ensures that its manufacturing process respects, supports and nurtures the planet.

Or, if you’re the do-it-yourself type, you can also make your own non-toxic homemade toothpaste from baking soda, peppermint oil and vegetable glycerin to be extra safe. Otherwise, you are merely picking your own poison.


(What kind of toothpaste do you use?)
would you ever make your own........?

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Michele - posted on 03/14/2011

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Julianne, flourine is an element that is a diatomic gas. it is decidedly NOT good for you. It is far more dangerous than chlorine gas (and bleach is not pure chlorine, if you didn't know; it is sodium hypochlorite). And when it is in molecules, it can be very different. Fluorexitine is an organic molecule (meaning carbon based). The carbon fluorine bond is the strongest covalent bond in organic chemistry and will not react with other compounds. In inorganic salt form it will readily dissociate into its ionic form and will react with other compounds.



I am a chemist by background. The fluorine in Prozac has nothing to do with the fluoride ion found in toothpaste - they are not at all the same. Base your argument on other things. prozac and sodium fluoride are not related. It's not the same as an ingredient list. If you eat a gallon of toothpaste it will not turn into Prozac in your body.

Michele - posted on 03/14/2011

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Truthfully I think that you can reach the needed levels of fluoride by diet. I live in a community that does not supplement flouride in the water, yet there is some naturally occurring fluoride that they report (along with lots of other things). Your body takes fluoride from plants and uses it to make calcium flouride which is also an inorganic salt, but it is VERY insoluble. If you eat calcium fluoride it will not be absorbed and utilized by the body. Your body makes it for the enamel in your teeth and for your bones.

However, the dose makes the poison. At the level of supplementation it is not dangerous (just unnecessary with a balanced diet). Many foods are carcinogenic on their own, but we don't eat them in massive quantities. Black pepper is quite carcinogenic, for instance, and the tannins found in tea, coffee, and red wine.

It's a complicated subject.

Michele - posted on 03/14/2011

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Chemically speaking the flourine in Prozac is very different from the fluorine in NaF. In prozac, the fluorine is tightly bound to the molecule in question. NaF is an inorganic salt, which can exist in a disassociated state in water. The fluorine in sodium fluoride is an ion. In fluorexitine, it is part of the molecule and does not become unbound from the carbon to which it is bound.
Whether toothpaste and the chemicals are bad for you is a separate question from whether Prozac is bad for you.

Kate CP - posted on 03/13/2011

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Actually genetics play a strong roll in how healthy a smile you have. So while you may not have any dental problems it's not BECAUSE you don't use fluoride. It's because you brush and floss regularly AND you have a genetic predisposition to a healthier mouth.

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Arlene - posted on 10/30/2013

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Some 22,000 people a year call Poison Control as toothpaste says to do if more than one drop is swallowed. Small children do not control swallowing until around age 6 and they are the ones in danger of fluoride overdose with serious consequences. Fluoride is a rat poison. Poison Control reports at least 1 death from swallowed toothpaste.

Amber - posted on 03/17/2011

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hooray for uh....whatever kind it is i just bought at the health food store! green beaver! and i use kiss my face for my son.

Jackie - posted on 03/16/2011

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"you can have minty fresh breath without using toothpaste with chemicals"

Tell me again why I shouldn't use toothpaste. Are you saying that toothpaste could possibly be the death of me? If the answer is no, then what the hell is the point here? I don't understand the fear mongering here.

Johnny - posted on 03/15/2011

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But why switch from something you like which works for you to something you don't like that costs more money because of a miniscule, highly improbable risk? I can think of a whole lot of other changes I could make in my life that would have a greater impact on my health and the health of the planet than getting rid of my delicious toothpaste.

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Making your own is the extreme aspect of it. Plenty of toothpastes are all natural and don't contain poisons and are just as good if not better than conventional toothpaste.

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I use Colgate and whatever else is the cheapest toothpaste on sale. I have perfect teeth. I guess ill take the risk.

Johnny - posted on 03/15/2011

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A reasonable percentage of people do not actually require fluoride supplementation (in toothpaste or mouth washes) to ensure healthy teeth and gums. Its not that big a deal though. Most of us are ingesting stuff on a daily basis that we don't really need to keep us healthy, but that doesn't do us any significant harm either. I like my Crest Pro-Health with Scope and plan to stick with it. I used Tom's of Maine once, and couldn't get finished with that tube fast enough. I'm a pretty do-it-youself kind of gal, but I think my family would stage an intervention if they found me in the kitchen making my own toothpaste. I still haven't heard the end of it from the make my own laundry soap escapade.

Jackie - posted on 03/15/2011

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"The side effects (for those who aren’t allergic) do not come anywhere near out weighting the benefits of healthy teeth and mouth. Bad oral health can cause blood infections, heart attacks, and strokes. More then 75% of adults in usa over the age of 35 have some level of gum disease. "

A-freaking-MEN Amanda!

Jane - posted on 03/15/2011

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I like my Cinnamon Rush :) I couldn't stomach baking soda and mint, homemade toothpaste. I'd puke...the thought of it makes me gag (LOL). To each his own...you do your thing, I'll do mine!

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you can have minty fresh breath without using toothpaste with chemicals. Cinnamon rush doesnt give you minty fresh breath...

Jane - posted on 03/15/2011

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I use Crest Whitening Expressions Gel Toothpaste - Cinnamon Rush and have no intentions of changing. By the time I die, you won't be able to eat anything, drink anything or even breathe. So, I say, live for the moment and have minty fresh breath to boot :)

Michele - posted on 03/15/2011

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I know - I love mushrooms too! Veggies in general are supposedly 5% of their weight in toxic chemicals that are produced by the plant. The plants actually produce their own version of pesticides to keep things (like bugs) from eating them.



But eat your veggies!!! :)

Jodi - posted on 03/14/2011

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Black pepper is carcinogenic?? Ok, I'm screwed then. I love that stuff.

Charlie - posted on 03/14/2011

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Ok Michele at the risk at sounding stupid ....... I get that you are saying it's not the same as the flourine found in prozac but would you say the flouride in drinking water is safe and why ?

Im just really curious .

Mabel - posted on 03/14/2011

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@Loreen.I had to start making mine because I started having sores on my gums from the toothpaste.I tried different ones but it was an ingredient that I was allergic too so I now make my own.=)

Johnny - posted on 03/14/2011

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Eventually, as long as I don't get hit by a bus, I'll probably die of cancer or heart disease. It's pretty much inevitable. Who knows when? One of my friends who died of colon cancer, at age 29, was a life long clean-living, toxin-eliminating vegan. There are no guarantees. But I can tell you one thing, when I go, I want fresh breath.

Charlie - posted on 03/14/2011

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First of all my grandmother died from second hand smoking .



Second of all it is threads like this that made me investigate the whole fluoride issue and I actually agree it's poison but you can't hide from carcinogens you can only reduce them , the fact is life is carcinogenic you just have to enjoy what you can of it as healthily as you can ( but not to the point of being neurotic about it )

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Balanced would be what is found naturally in food and other natural exposures. Added to water and toothpaste is EXTRA..



Common sense isn't so sensible either, what was common sense yesterday isn't necessarily common sense today. It use to be common sense that the earth was flat. I make my own common sense and don't follow what others tell me to follow.

Kate CP - posted on 03/14/2011

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"so basically if your only slightly exposed to cancer causing things it wont effect you.
thats like saying second hand smoke doesnt kill because your not the one smoking..."

No, it's not. Second hand smoke is more dangerous because there's no filter.

Mabel - posted on 03/14/2011

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I actually use baking soda and fresh mint from my plant.I ground the mint and then add to the baking soda so it still has the fresh mint taste.easy to do but make sure you really grind the mint up fine...=) do I have mint in my teeth???I don't see why they have fluoride water for baby's when they say not to give them flouride.

Vegemite - posted on 03/14/2011

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i read it i don't buy it. There are lots of things we use to benefit our health that if over used or not used correctly cause problems fluoride is one of those. It all comes down to balance, common sense and following instructions.

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fluoride is bad for you, no amount is good. its poison. pure fluorine is what helps your bones and teeth. Did you read the article?





genetics are defiantly not a factor with me...lol

Vegemite - posted on 03/14/2011

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there are many factors maybe you are just blessed with a genetically healthy mouth

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i guess my cavity free mouth means i need more fluorine. \



So you know what foods i eat and the amount of fluorine in each?

Jodi - posted on 03/14/2011

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Well, I used to be a smoker (I got smart and quit), so I figure toothpaste is going to be the least of my problems :P

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i eliminate toxic substances where ever i can. its better to try and fix the problem to the best of your ability than to give up.

and no. the majority of those things i do not do. Sun is good. gives you vitamin d.

Vegemite - posted on 03/14/2011

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ok so you don't go in the sun, use a microwave, eat charred foods, eat pickled vegetables, drink alcohol, drink coffee, wear shoes, swim in a pool, use glue, have any furniture that contains plywood, have polished furniture(wood), have a pet on flea control, wash and wax your car, have your carpets cleaned or even have carpet, use glass containers or pressed ware, breath and the list could go on and on.

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so basically if your only slightly exposed to cancer causing things it wont effect you.

thats like saying second hand smoke doesnt kill because your not the one smoking.

Vegemite - posted on 03/14/2011

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It has everything to do with rinsing there is not enough of any of the supposed unsafe products for anyone, who doesn't have a sensitivity or allergy, to absorb any dangerous amount. This is just paranoia and conspiracy which always gives bad advice and causes health problems.

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well appropriate toothpaste would be one without rat poison, cancer causing agents and toxic substances. It has nothing to do with ability to rinse. People who don't like poison in their hygienic products would be anything but silly.

Vegemite - posted on 03/14/2011

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um this is so bogus and such bad advise, there is not enough of these things in toothpaste to do damage. Fluoride, with good brushing, is what keeps your teeth healthy. It does say on the packet not to swallow and there are low fluoride toothpastes designed for children under 6 who may not rinse well or not at all. If you're too silly to rinse and use appropriate tooth paste for your child then what kind of toothpaste you use and what's in it is the least of your problems.

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fluorine is fluorine. Just because it comes in s different package, doesn't make it any less fluorine.

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Ingesting the active ingredient in mood altering drugs for the sake of dental health just doesnt seem worth it to me. Especially when its a form of rat poison too.

Dental issues are only the tip of it. If it effects your teeth, its on your bones too..Can't laser your bones.

Johnny - posted on 03/13/2011

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I had some laser treatment done on mine Jocelyn. It's made a huge difference. It was just the top front 4, because that is where most of the damage was done and which is most visible. Now you've got to look really close to see it.

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