Over the course of our lives, adults may consume up to 75 litres of toothpaste.
That’s quite incredible isn’t it?
Even if you spit most of the toothpaste out, some of the chemicals or ingredients still get into your stomach and your bloodstream, so it goes without saying that we want to make sure we don’t ingest 75litres of toxic chemicals.
Your mouth has its very own microbiome, just like your gut. It’s worth remembering that your mouth is actually the opening to your entire digestive tract. You have one long and continuous tube that goes from mouth to anus, so what you use in your mouth will contribute to either health or disbyosis in your digestive tract and bowels.
In many store-bought toothpastes, there are many toxic chemicals that are linked to endocrine disruption, antibiotic resistance and cancer. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals are a serious concern, as they can promote a wide variety of health problems, including breast, ovarian, prostate, and testicular cancer, preterm and low birth weight babies, precocious puberty in girls, and undescended testicles in boys.
Some of these ingredients been linked to skin irritation and painful canker sores. Some symptoms from chemicals in toothpaste include headaches, ear buzzing, dizziness, nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances, weakness, vertigo, chills, memory lapses, numbness, and shooting pains in the extremities, behavioral disturbances, and neuritis. Hard to believe it’s approved right?
Here’s 7 toothpaste ingredients you’ll want to watch out for and seven VERY GOOD REASONS to make your own toothpaste! (Or ‘toofpaste’ as we like to call it!)
2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
3. Artificial Sweeteners
I am not writing a post about how to create a magic toothpaste to start an argument about flouride, however I do have a good article here on Mercola that you can read here for further info if you so desire.
5. Propylene Glycol
Propylene glycol is a type of mineral oil that, in the industrial grade, is used in antifreeze, paints, enamels, and airplane de-icers. The pharmaceutical-grade form is used in many personal care products, including toothpaste, as a surfactant. Research on the safety of propylene glycol in personal care products is lacking, although it’s a known skin, eye, and lung irritant and may cause organ system toxicity. This is clearly not a substance you want to be brushing your teeth with.
6. Diethanolamine (DEA)
Making Home-Made Toothpaste.
I use coconut oil in my home-made toothpastes, which has been tested against strains of Streptococcus bacteria, which are common inhabitants of your mouth. Research has found that enzyme-modified coconut oil (treated with enzymes in a process similar to digestion) strongly inhibits the growth of most strains of Streptococcus bacteria, including symptoms of Streptococcus, an acid-producing bacterium that is a major cause of tooth decay.
It is thought that the breaking down of the fatty coconut oil by the enzymes turns it into acids, which are toxic to certain bacteria.
Homemade Peppermint and Oregano Coconut Oil Toothpaste
- 5 tbs baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 tsp xylitol granules
- 1 to 4 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1 to 4 drops oregano oil (optional and best removed for little humans)
Melt the coconut oil in a bowl over a pot of simmering water. Mic through baking soda, salt, xylitol and oil/s. Add some water or added melted coconut oil to make a smooth paste.
Keep a little spoon next to your jar and add a little bit to your toothbrush, warming and softening in your mouth as you brush.