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Article by Natural Glow Organic Beauty

Wondering why you should use natural or organic toothpaste?

Well-known toothpaste brands sold in Australia contain various chemicals and harsh ingredients, including fluoride, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulphate and propylene glycol, just to name a few.

Most of us know that fluoride is used in toothpaste to help prevent cavities. This has been the case for many decades since it was first discovered that low doses in the mouth can help reduce tooth decay.  For this same reason, many governments also undertake water fluoridation. However, too much exposure to fluoride during tooth formation (i.e. in young children) can lead to dental fluorosis – a tooth developmental disturbance which appears as a discolouration of the tooth enamel, sometimes white, sometimes brown.

But fluoride is also used as a pesticide and, at much higher doses, can be toxic and cause serious health complications, even death.

The question is: how much fluoride do we actually need for healthy teeth? 

Toothpaste and water fluoridation are two sources of fluoride in our diet but there are many others. It can be found in many common food and drink items consumed on a daily basis, such as fruit juices. Non-organic fresh produce is particularly high in fluoride (e.g. iceberg lettuce) due to the widespread use of fluoride-based pesticides.

Triclosan was originally developed as a surgical scrub for medical professionals and is now found in numerous household products, of which toothpaste is just one. It has been associated with endocrine disruption, allergies and irritation, as well as organ system toxicity.

Propylene Glycol is a small organic alcohoI which, even at low concentrations, has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis, as well as contact urticaria (hives) in humans.

There is strong evidence that Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is also a human irritant, particularly for products used around the eyes or on the skin.

There is much information available about the pros and cons of ingredients such as fluoride. If you decide that you want to reduce your exposure to the ingredients commonly found in toothpaste and other oral care products, there are more natural toothpaste products on the market. These products are formulated with ingredients found in nature and are free from synthetic chemicals, colours and preservatives. 

And remember, also, that it's not just about the toothpaste - the effectiveness of the actual brushing is an important aspect of dental hygiene.

12 Feb 2016

Last Update: 13 Feb 2016

Article/Information supplied by Natural Glow Organic Beauty

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.