Just when I thought I’d examined the greater portion of the products I use to better and maintain my health, I realized I had never asked myself this question – about a substance I’ve been using twice a day for over 35 years. I’ve certainly asked such questions about nearly everything else I put in my mouth. How had I managed to skip over this one?
Although I gave up fluoride containing toothpaste a few years ago, I had never stopped to ask, “What’s in toothpaste?” Little did I know about the other ingredients in toothpaste — ingredients that actually contribute to dental problems!
Take glycerin for example. Glycerin actually coats the teeth and prevents enamelization. Good strong enamel is what keeps the teeth from developing cavities. Glycerin is hard to remove – it takes about about twenty rinses to get it off.
Other ingredients in toothpaste include fluoride, silicates (sand), chalk, sugar, acid, dyes, stabilizers and mixing agents. These chemical can contaminate the teeth and also prevent enamelizaton. Abrasives in toothpaste can actually remove more enamel. The re-enamelization process is an important way to reduce plaque buildup and prevent cavities.
Last year someone I met at a conference asked me if I had ever heard of Toothsoap. I had not; but because of her avid recommendation, I decided to look it up one day. Turns out this fascinating natural product cleans teeth far better than any toothpaste out there.
Toothsoap is an all natural liquid soap and a wonderful alternative to abrasive toothpaste. Use your abrasive toothpaste to scrub your sink, but don’t wear down the enamel of your teeth with it.
Toothsoap is made from saponified organic extra virgin olive oil, coconut and palm oils, distilled water and pure essential oils. It does not coat the teeth and rinses off perfectly, leaving your teeth clean and smooth like porcelain. And because you only need a few drops of Toothsoap to clean your teeth, one two-ounce bottle lasts for months, making it very cost effective to use.
Don’t wait as long as I did to do the research for yourself. If you put something in your mouth on a regular basis, get into the habit of investigating just exactly what it is, and stick to that habit.
“What is toothpaste?” may seem like a self-evident question – the free online dictionary seems to think so, defining toothpaste as “a paste used for cleaning teeth, applied with a toothbrush.” But if you Google “number of brands of toothpaste” you’ll come up with twenty-six pages of results. Protecting your health is your responsibility – in this age of ‘advances’ more than ever. Never stop asking questions – your well-being depends on it.