Out with the old. In with the new. Tom's Toothpaste is an adjustment, but it leaves out the bad stuff.
Ok. I don't want to scare you, but there is some NASTY stuff in your toothpaste.
"WHAT?" You might be thinking. "That can't be true."
Au Contraire Mon Frere.
According to NaturalNews.com, there's a lot going into your mouth that shouldn't be.
1.Fluoride - FDA warning on toothpaste/mouthwash containing fluoride reads: "WARNING, keep out of reach of children under the age of 6. If more than used for normal brushing is swallowed, contact your physician or local Poison Control Center immediately."
FYI: Toxic dosage of toothpaste with fluoride can cause death.
2.Triclosan - This antibiotic/antimicrobial agent is used in many products including dishwashing soap, hand soap, deodorants, toothpaste and mouthwash. In August 2009 the Canadian Medical Association requested Canada Health to ban triclosan use in personal care products due to development of bacterial resistance. In 2006 and 2009, studies demonstrated triclosan exposure significantly impacts thyroid hormone concentrations. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports frequent use of antibiotics could lead to growth of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. We all know of the rise in `superbugs` that are resistant to most antibiotics and have resulted in deaths.
3.Sodium Lauryl Sulfate - Using toothpaste without sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) may reduce the frequency of canker sores (aphthous ulcers). Researchers speculate that SLS dries out the protective mucous lining in the mouth...making it vulnerable to irritants that lead to canker sores. SLS is a detergent that is in almost all toothpastes, dishwashing soaps and body washes.
4.Abrasives - Tooth sensitivity is caused by many factors. A term used for certain types of tooth sensitivity is known as `abfractions` and may be caused by abrasive toothpaste. Some toothpaste including teeth whitening pastes and tartar control brands may contain stronger abrasives. A test available, but not used by most brands is called the RDA rating. This determines the abrasiveness of toothpaste to dentin, the middle layer of teeth. Unless the RDA (Relative Dentin Abrasivity) of a brand is known, the consumer or dentist may not know if tooth abrasion was caused on some level by the toothpaste used.
5.Artificial sweeteners - The FDA has vacillated over the years about the safety of artificial sweeteners such as saccharin. Canada Health has still not approved saccharin as safe.
6.Botanical ingredients - Drugs come from plants, and many herbs including the popular tea tree oil have side effects and drug interactions. NIH along with MedlinePlus website have an excellent source to check herbal ingredients for their false vs true indications and potentially harmful side effects; you can find which ones pregnant women and children should specially avoid: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/...
Long story short? If you are looking to clean up your health (and your mouth), altering your toothpaste might be a good place to start.
UPDATE: Check out this interesting article Why I Would Never Use Flouride Toothpaste Again
Altered Today: Toothpaste Brands. Researching what goes into my body.