During the course of your life, it is estimated you will use 20 gallons of toothpaste. And if you’re using one of those big brand toothpastes, you will also end up consuming an unhealthy amount of manufactured chemicals.
The human mouth is incredibly absorbent, meaning any chemical you put in your mouth can find its way into your bloodstream. When you brush with manufactured toothpastes, you’re putting your health at risk.
Despite the countless research done on the effects of the chemicals used in popular brand toothpaste, these ingredients still find a way into our homes and bodies. Here’s a look at four of the most harmful ingredients found in consumer toothpaste and why you should avoid them.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
If you purchase traditional toothpastes, chances are it contains sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). Known as a surfactant chemical and insecticide, it is the ingredient in your toothpaste that causes it to foam, but that’s not all it does.
SLS damages your taste buds and may be responsible for the bad taste you get when you eat right after brushing. SLS is also a skin irritant that can induce painful canker sores when used in toothpaste.
But SLS isn’t just bad for people; it’s bad for the environment too. During the manufacturing process, SLS creates carcinogenic byproducts, which can be toxic for plants and animals.
Another surfactant commonly found in popular toothpaste brands is propylene glycol. When it’s not being used as an ingredient for toothpaste, it can be found in paint products, antifreeze and enamel.
The MSDS sheet for propylene glycol says it is a skin irritant, can be hazardous if ingested and may also be detrimental to organs in the central nervous system. Propylene glycol may also cause genetic mutations and birth defects.
Fluoride is used in toothpaste to prevent cavities. Selected for its ability to prevent tooth decay from acids in the food we eat and inhibit bacterial growth, it is also a highly toxic chemical.
Fluoride is harmful if swallowed, a severe skin and eye irritant and may also be responsible for genetic mutations or birth defects. If ingested, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, visual disturbances and convulsions. Studies have also shown fluoride is extremely detrimental to the environment and aquatic life upon entering waterways.
Used in cutting oils, household cleaners and cosmetics, diethanolamine is also found in many toothpastes. And a dose of 20g, or 4 teaspoons, can be fatal for humans.
DEA is selected for toothpastes and industrial products because of its foaming qualities. However, research has concluded the material to be possibly carcinogenic in humans. In addition to its carcinogenic qualities, DEA can cause serious skin, eye and organ damage.
Despite what big brands want you to believe, the chemicals in your toothpaste are toxic. If that doesn’t put a bad taste in your mouth, it should! In a world of uncertainty and marketing ploys, stick with natural and reliable products, free of fillers – like TruthPaste.