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Are there toothpastes you should avoid?

By Anonymous July 28, 2014 - 2:49pm
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There are so many different toothpaste brands out there promising this and that. Is there a certain ingredient in toothpaste we should be avoiding?

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Hi Anon

What a great question, thank you! 

Without naming brand names - there are certain ingredients you should avoid in a tooth paste. One is propylene glycol and is found in many toothpastes.  This chemical has been linked to brain abnormalities as well as affecting organs like the liver and kidneys. 

Another ingredient to avoid is sodium laurel sulfate - this is a chemical that can harm the eyes and skin and can potentially harm the liver, brain and heart. 

Another issue is fluoride that is always advertised as a good thing! But fluoride is also found in pesticides and poisonsand an overdose could harm a child.  Use fluoride with caution. 

If you really want to be safe, chose a natural toothpaste that is chemical free. Dr. Ken's and Toms of Maine are popular choices. 

You can even make your own! Simply mix baking soda and peppermint oil into a paste (by adding water) and you have an all-natural toothpaste that will clean your teeth and leave your mouth smelling great! 

Has this helped, Anon?



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