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Toothpaste - why use it?

<p>Toothpaste supposedly works with brushing to clean teeth and fight plaque bacteria.&nbsp; However, brushing without toothpaste has been shown to be just as effective as brushing with.&nbsp; The abrasives in some toothpastes do help to remove superficial staining and the flavours certainly make the mouth feel fresh and clean. There are also additives in certain toothpastes, such as triclosan, which chemically hinder the growth of bacteria in the mouth.&nbsp; Most dentists will tell you there's no point even using toothpaste if it doesn't contain fluoride and I admit, I said that more than once when I first graduated.&nbsp; They believe that the main use of toothpaste is to deliver fluoride to the teeth.</p> <p>You may know by now what I thing of fluoride - it's a poison, an enzyme inactivator, it accelerates aging and the incidence of cancer, it damages teeth and bones......etc.&nbsp; See "50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation".</p> <p>So again, we have been misled by heavy marketing campaigns, which have made us believe that we couldn't do without something which is supposedly critical to our good health.&nbsp; Toothpaste is the number one health and beauty item sold in America and is part of a billion dollar plus industry.&nbsp; Toothpaste safety is controlled by the body regulating cosmetics, not medicines.</p> <p><strong>What's in Toothpaste?</strong></p> <p>Most contain the same basic ingredients:&nbsp; <strong>Fluoride</strong>, supposedly the most important ingredient, added in the form of Sodium Fluoride or Sodium Monofluorophosphate;&nbsp; <strong>Detergents</strong>, such as SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate), which provide the foaming action and keep the toothpaste from dribbling out the sides of our mouths (doesn't help some people I know!) and is a well-known skin irritant which causes mouth ulcers;&nbsp; <strong>Abrasives</strong>, such as Calicum phosphate, Alumina, Calcium carbonate, Silica, to remove stains and polish teeth;&nbsp; <strong>Humectants</strong> - Glycerin, Sorbitol - to stop toothpaste from drying out;&nbsp; <strong>Thickeners</strong> - Carrageenan, Cellulose gum, Xanthan gum are common thinckening agents;&nbsp; <strong>Preservatives</strong> like Sodium benzoate, Methyl paraben or Ethyl paraben, to prevent the growth of microorganisms;&nbsp; <strong>Flavouring Agents</strong> - necessary to mask the taste of fluoride and detergents;&nbsp; <strong>Artificial Sweeteners</strong> such as Saccharin;&nbsp; <strong>Colouring Agents</strong> like Titanium dioxide to make toothpaste white or artificial dyes to make them red, green or blue - perhaps that's to stain our teeth again so that we have to use more toothpaste to clean them again!</p> <p><strong>So What's in Natural Toothpastes</strong></p> <p>They tend to leave out the fluoride and detergents, which is great but it would be nice if they also left out the&nbsp;synthetic&nbsp;preservatives and colourings.&nbsp; They can use natural oils for flavourings, so that just leaves the abrasives, humectants and thickeners.&nbsp; Without the humectants and thickeners, you're just left with powders and oils.&nbsp; Some companies do market tooth powders but they don't feel as nice on our teeth.&nbsp; They feel abrasive, a bit like just using salt or bicarb soda.</p> <p>Biopro Periopaste and Dr Wolfe's Aloe-Dent Toothpastes are fluoride and sulphate free.&nbsp; They use grapefruit seed extract as a preservative and essential oils and aloe vera for their soothing and therapeutic properties.&nbsp; They are both excellent examples of natural, nontoxic toothpastes, which will leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean for ages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more informations, contact&nbsp;Caree at</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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