One of the most damaging products available in your local pharmacy or grocery store is also one of the best-selling products. In fact, it is a product used by nearly every person daily and is a product that some parents punish their children if they do not use morning and night.
Curious? Not so fast, my friends. Let us ask you some further questions.
· Would you let your family drink engine degreaser?
· Would you eat rat poison?
· Would you actively promote children to use a product that contains known toxins that has been repeatedly linked to cancer, blindness and death?
· Would you knowingly everyday place in your mouth a product that Federal law required to have the following disclaimer placed on the label: If accidently swallowed, seek immediate medical help or call a poison control center?
If you are of reasonable logic, you answered “NO” to all the above questions. But nonetheless you unknowingly risk your health and the health of your family by behaving as if you answered “YES” to all the above questions.
Assuming the suspense doesn’t kill you, the product we are about to talk about may – toothpaste.
Yes, that is correct – toothpaste. First, before getting into this blog, go to your sink and read the back of your toothpaste tube. If it is a common shelf brand, the poison warnings should be enough to have you heave the tube in the trash. If that isn’t enough to convince you then read on.
Fact: Many popular toothpastes and mouthwashes contain harmful ingredients, made up of tiny molecules that penetrate through the tissue of your mouth, enter the blood stream, and build up in the liver, kidneys, heart and other organ tissues.
Sodium Fluoride is one of the main ingredients in most every toothpaste…and, oh yes, rat and cockroach poison.
Most people know that toothpaste and many mouth rinses contain fluoride because that’s what dentists have recommended for years to prevent cavities. What you probably didn’t know is that most popular toothpastes contain enough fluoride in four ounces to kill a child within a few hours.
In children, minimal ingestion of sodium fluoride causes nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and diarrhea. Large doses of this known carcinogen can cause muscular weakness and paralysis, followed by respiratory and cardiac failure. If that isn’t enough, sodium fluoride is a key ingredient in anesthetic, hypnotic, and psychiatric drugs as well as in Sarin Nerve Gas. Precisely why your toothpaste tube is so adamant about keeping the product away from children!
But according to dentists Sodium Fluoride prevents tooth decay so why not add it to toothpaste? Stop, there. Surprisingly, there is plenty of contradictory scientific evidence demonstrating that fluoride does NOT reduce cavities and now linking fluoride to tooth and gum deformity, arthritis, allergic reactions and thousands of unnecessary deaths each year from cancer.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Almost every toothpaste brand contains an ingredient that a chemist would find impossible to accept - Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). SLS is a foaming agent and it is added to toothpastes to give the ’impression’ that the toothpaste is working. In the cleaning industry, SLS is used in products such as car wash soaps, floor cleaners and engine degreasers.
While that might give you pause for thought, the real problem is that SLS is extremely corrosive and harmful to living tissue. Research laboratories use it to irritate skin on test subject animals and humans so they may test the effectiveness of healing agents. The Journal of the American College of Toxicology reports that SLS can be retained in the eye, brain, heart, and liver with harmful long-term health effects.
Most toothpastes contain the ever-popular chemical pesticide, Triclosan. Triclosan is included in toothpaste formulations as an antibacterial. Can it kill some negative oral bacteria? Sure, while killing seven times as many beneficial bacteria as well.
While major brand companies that manufacture products containing Triclosan claim that it is safe, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered it as a dangerous pesticide, giving it high scores both as a human health risk and as an environmental risk. Additionally, the FDA had mandated its removal from common anti-bacterial products like hand sanitizers and soaps. Triclosan is a chlorophenol, which is a class of chemicals that is suspected of causing cancer in humans. On contact, phenols can cause a variety of tissue irritation. Worse, taken internally, even in small amounts, phenols such as this can lead to circulatory collapse, convulsions, coma, and death.
If that isn't scary enough to keep it out of loved one’s mouths, chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides like Triclosan can be stored in body fat, potentially accumulating to toxic levels. Long term, repeated exposure can damage virtually every important organ, suppress the immune system, and cause hormonal disruption, sterility, paralysis and brain hemorrhages.
Blue Dye #1 #2
Toothpastes try to look pretty by adding FD C Blue Dye # 1 2. Yummy! This is just like eating a mouthful of crude oil as these dyes are synthesized from petroleum. Even if toothpaste is not swallowed, these dyes can be absorbed within seconds through the skin inside the lips or through the mucous membrane in the mouth. But seriously, how can you brush your teeth without swallowing some toothpaste?
Recent studies indicate that FD C Blue Dyes 1 2 can trigger a wide number of behavioral, learning, and health problems including severe allergic reactions, asthma, headaches, nausea, fatigue, nervousness, lack of focus, and even cancer.
Most brand name toothpastes contain Hydrated Silica as a tooth whitener. Hydrated silica is primarily used as an abrasive compound as it is made from a crystallized compound found in sand, quartz, and flint rock. The simple fact is that abrasive compounds are about the worst thing that you can do for health of a tooth. Here’s why. Tooth enamel re-mineralizes daily from the supply of ionic calcium and phosphorus contained in the saliva. Scratching the surface of the tooth with an abrasive such as hydrated silica harms the enamel and prevents re-mineralization.
Cleaning a tooth with hydrated silica would be like cleaning a glass window with a piece of rough sandpaper. There is an abrasive index for toothpastes called the RDA Index. The higher the value, the more abrasive the product is. At or below around 50 may be an acceptable balance between benefit of removing plaque from a tooth and damage due to abrasion. Over 50 and it’s just a matter of how quickly the loss of tooth structure occurs based on the RDA and the number of brushes that occur. Most common brand toothpastes register RDA numbers between 150 and 200.
Yet another common ingredient in most toothpastes. Glycerin coats teeth and completely halts the re-enamelization process. Worse, glycerin is so sticky that it takes 27 washes to get it off the surface of a tooth. Using a product containing glycerin once a month and your teeth may never re-mineralize again.
In addition to the individual threat each ingredient poses, overall there is an increase of acid wear on both teeth and gums. Acidic saliva erodes and de-mineralizes tooth enamel; causing cavities and increased heat and cold sensitivity. This is counter productive to say the least.
The formula for a toothpaste is simple- Clean, Polish, Freshen and Whiten.
Clean: With hopes to prevent cavities and decay, a toothpaste should have an ultra-fine substance to gently clean gums and to polish away plaque. And an ingredient is required to remove unwanted bacteria and balance your mouths PH.
Polish: An ingredient to remineralise teeth to delay decay.
Freshen: A clean and well-balanced mouth does not have bad breath concerns; however, a minty fresh palate is always appreciated.
Whiten: Cleaning and polishing properly will usually keep your teeth in a whitened state. But there are ways to lift stronger stains without toxins and harsh abrasives.
Oral health, the simple and responsible way.
Across the board, the products that are commercially available to us in the low cost, quick to replace CPG product lane nearly always have the manufacturing ingredient shortcuts as noted above. It isn't easy to switch or even take in the fact that things like "making a product foam" is the function that is getting you clean. We are all accustomed to brands and the decades worth of strategic marketing behind what a soap, a shampoo and even a toothpaste is "suppose" to feel like and even what it is supposed to do. Ask yourself, is what you have learned to be effective on those marketing points the definer of efficacy and safety. In most cases, it is not.
I recall the first time I used a natural toothpaste. It felt odd, the lack of suds and foam had a subconscious effect that immediately confused me and brought doubt that my mouth was being cleaned. However, what I immediately found to be newly appreciated was not having that left over, almost chalky film that sticks around even after a few rinses. In the hours after, I still found my tongue moving across my mouth touching smooth, polished and cleaned teeth.
After about a week of the change in toothpaste, "morning breathe" wasn't an emergency "get up and immediately freshen this mouth" event. Turns out, the change isn't that hard to make once you notice the rewards. You will continue to be shocked at how bamboozled you end up feeling once you detach from these types of products across the board.
Let's chat about ORL® and why you should make the switch. If you haven't quite felt impacted by the ingredient factors previously mentioned here is the short version.
ORL® is FREE from over 100 harmful ingredients
There are over 300 toothpastes and mouthwashes on the market today that include harmful ingredients that are actually poisonous and toxic.
PubChem is the database from the National Institute of Health (NIH) that provides vital information on ingredient safety. You can look up any oral care, cosmetic or food ingredient here: https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
Their commitment to you is to include the best organic and natural ingredients and free from over 100 harmful ingredients found across many national brands.
ORL® is pH balanced
Why is 7.0 pH so important to your health?
The pH scale is used to measure whether a substance is an acid or alkaline from a range of 1-14. A pH of 7.0 is right in the middle. It’s considered “balanced” or “neutral.” Our bodies thrive with a neutral pH.
Achieving 7.0 pH is healthier for the environment of your mouth. It protects teeth from erosion and cavities and lowers the activity of harmful bacteria. Maintaining a neutral pH balance and regular tooth brushing will serve to help your teeth and gums stay healthy.
Better oral health helps the rest of your body stay healthier and less inflamed. Without irritants and harmful bacteria, your teeth can start the process of remineralization, of healing and re-growing that will serve to make your mouth a healthier place going forward.
What are the benefits of organic xylitol?
Organic xylitol is blended in our toothpastes and mouthwashes. Xylitol is harvested from birch trees and in non-gmo corn. Bad bacteria in your mouth is eliminated because it’s attracted to but cannot consume Xylitol. Consequently, the bad bacteria is destroyed because it cannot use Xylitol to feed on.
Xylitol is a natural sweetener that inhibits plaque production and improves saliva production to helps support your mouths balanced pH. Balanced pH facilitates remineralization and can inhibit cavity occurrence in children and adults.
What are the benefits of organic essential oils?
ORL® only uses organic plant-based essential oils (distillations of plants, flowers, seeds, roots and trees) for their antibacterial, antifungal, and biofilm-inhibiting properties. Tea tree oil, coconut oil, and peppermint oil are shown to be as effective as fluoride in inhibiting plaque.
What are the benefits of the organic vitamins minerals?
ORL® proprietary organic formula includes Vitamin C to strengthen gums and guard against gingivitis, Phosphorus and Calcium help to remineralize teeth and strengthen the jawbone, and Potassium improves bone mineral density, plus Copper, Iron, Manganese, Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K and more are needed to make ORL satisfy your oral needs.
Why are glass bottles better than plastic bottles?
Our reusable eco-friendly glass bottles are recyclable and are the best way to protect the efficacy of the organic ingredients and the essential oils. By using glass we also reduce our overall dependency on plastic waste.
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