Some of you might not know that I’m a Dental Hygienist by profession. I still work two days a week as a hygienist.
I’ve been cleaning teeth for over 20 years now, so I can speak from experience and say I have more patients today with sensitive teeth than ever before.
I wish I had kept a record of all the patients that have come in thinking they have a cavity because their teeth were sensitive.
When the dentist examines them they don’t have a cavity but we realize the toothpaste or mouthwash they’re using is causing the sensitivity.
After being in dentistry for years, I believe there are way too many chemicals in our toothpaste.
Here are some of the things that are added to your toothpaste:
- artificial sweeteners
- coloring agents
- artificial flavors
- detergents to remove fatty films
- water softeners
- acrylic polymers to prevent bacteria
- tetrasodium pyrophosphate to remove calcium and magnesium from the saliva to eliminate tartar build up
- sodium carbonate peroxide to whiten teeth
- various gums to thicken the paste and on and on.
There’s no way I can eliminate every toxin in my life but I do think taking some steps to eliminate what I can is a good idea.
The mucous membranes in the mouth are highly permeable and chemicals can pass directly into the blood stream.
Think about this: Some medicine is given sublingually. Why? Because the medicine is absorbed by the body faster. When a medicine is placed under your tongue, it diffuses through the mucous membranes beneath your tongue. And because of the capillaries there, the medicine has a fairly direct route into your bloodstream.
Wouldn’t the chemicals in toothpaste get under our tongue?
So I’m taking baby steps and trying to eliminate toxins I put in or on my body. Believe me, I have a long way to go. Everything I use is not toxin free but I’m slowly trying to use better products.
Where to purchase a natural toothpaste~~
You can purchase a natural toothpaste at a Whole food store or online.
**Always go to the dentist if you have sensitivity and make sure it’s not a cavity or some other problem before diagnosing on your own.
***I know some of you are going to ask about fluoride and to be honest I’m not sure where I stand on this issue. I’m okay with not having fluoride in my toothpaste because I’m not cavity prone. This topic is for another post. 🙂
Have you ever thought about what is in our toothpaste? Have you tried a natural toothpaste?
Have a blessed day!
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