We all use it once or twice a day, however little thought is given as to what is in your humble minty toothpaste.
What you don’t realise is that many supermarket stocked toothpastes have troubling levels of chemicals that can be quite detrimental to your health. Let’s have a look at the nasties hiding in your favourite tube of toothpaste.
This is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compound first developed in the 1960’s. Not only will you find this compound in toothpaste, it’s also present in some soaps, detergents, toys and surgical cleaning treatments.
Studies have found that the use of Triclosan is linked to anti-microbial resistance - that is microbes build up a tolerance and require different, often more potent compounds to treat them. Even more disturbing is Triclosan’s role in disrupted hormonal development. Triclosan has been found in breast milk, blood, and urine samples. Studies using male and female rats and fish has found Triclosan has anti-estrogenic and anti-androgenic properties. Such endocrine disrupters have been linked to certain types of cancerous tumours, birth defects and other developmental disorders.
Triclosan is also an ecotoxin, which has been shown to kill aquatic bacteria, certain algae and has been observed in multiple other organisms including fish and dolphins.
In 2016, the US FDA announced a ban of the sale of antibacterial washes that contain Triclosan. The EU (European Union) has also banned the use of Triclosan for hygienic use, announced in 2015. Troublingly, Triclosan is not yet banned in Australia!
A food preservative, Sodium Benzoate has been linked to hyperactivity in children when combined with certain artificial colours which may also be present in toothpaste. Soft drink companies are in the process of removing sodium benzoate from their products - when soft drink companies think something is bad, you know it mustn’t be good for you!
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) is a surfactant - it’s what’s responsible for making toothpaste foam when you brush. SLES has been proven to be an irritant to skin and eyes. Additionally, some products contain a compound known as 1,4-Dioxane. This is a contaminate formed during the ethoxylation step in the formation of SLES. 1,4-Dioxane has been given the status of probable carcinogen by the US EPA. The US FDA is encouraging the removal of all 1,4-Dioxane from products in the US.
In 1997, the US FDA put a warning on all products containing fluoride, because children especially can be negatively affected if too much is ingested - too much fluoride can cause tooth discolouration and darkening on delicate young teeth. Mainstream toothpastes can often contain toxic ingredients which are dangerous to ingest.
What's Different About Natural Toothpaste
For something that goes in your mouth, and is often swallowed by kids, you want a natural option! Natural toothpastes contain pure herbal and plant-based ingredients and gentle abrasives to give you the same level of cleaning power and protection against tooth decay, without the risky ingredients. We stock a wide range of different natural toothpastes. You might require a sensitive toothpaste, or maybe a whitening toothpaste - we have you covered. Check out our range of toothpastes including Grants, Weleda, Comvita, Thursday Plantation, and Red Seal.
To compliment your natural toothpaste, try some of the additional accessories we stock:
- Biodegradable Toothbrush
- Bamboo Charcoal Bristle Toothbrush
- Dr Tungs Smart Floss
- Dr Tungs Tongue Cleaner
- Dr Tungs Toothbrush Sanitiser