A growing number of dentists believe that many “commercial” toothpastes contain ingredients that are harmful to our general health. The chemicals found in them are linked, among other things, to some types of cancer, irritation of the oral cavity, and the pollution of the environment as well.
Dr. Tony Talbot, an expert in restorative dentistry with experience that is more than 35 years and is also a member of the Royal College of Surgery in England, believes that products that we easily find on the shelves in stores are often based on industrial chemistry, not medicine.
“Some manufacturers use a slogan which recommends that it is their toothpastes that are the leading products used by dentists, but that’s only because of the free products they send to every dentist in the country,” said Talbot.
The ingredients that most concern are:
Chemicals which cause ulcers in oral cavity -- natrium- lauryl sulfate. According to the claims of the doctor, it is used in more than 85 percent of toothpastes, and serves as a means for wetting, in fact to make the toothpaste easier to spread. The issue with this chemical is that it opens gaps in the oral cavity and allows passing of toxins and carcinogenic ingredients.
Triclosan -- Last year a producer withdraw products containing ,,Triclosan” from shelves in US. In fact, the public has become aware that it is a chemical that is associated with the growth of cancer cells. Anyway, triklosan in toothpastes is used in order to prevent gum diseases.
Although the manufacturer insists on his claim that triclosan is safe in small amounts, researches showed that the paste is an effective way that allows the entry of triclosan in the body.
Tooth whitening products -- Talbot explains that for the process of whitening peroxide and hydrogen peroxide are used, which are toxic and irritate the soft tissue. Further on, he adds that they damage the mucous membrane of the oral cavity and can cause damage to the surface cells of the dental meat. In addition, the quantities available in the products found on the shelves in stores often cannot whiten teeth.
Miniature pieces of plastic in toothpastes -- “Microparticles are small pieces of plastic in some toothpastes that are so small you cannot see even under a microscope. These act as an abrasive in order to remove stains from teeth,” says Albot. “But they pass through our water purification centers, come in our water systems, and find their way to the food chain. Their impact is similar to that of the plastic bags that always find their way to the sea and block the ecosystem” .
But despite all potentially dangerous chemicals, Talbot does not advocate us to stop using toothpastes. Mainly because fluoride still changes the condition of the teeth. A small addition of fluoride makes significant improvements in dental health and helps in the reduction of caries, explains the doctor.
So, toothpastes that are products of respectable brands and contain fluoride are good to use, according to some dentists, although there are still discussions about whether toothpastes with fluoride are dangerous to our health. But when one questions other ingredients – it is then when the story starts to complicate.
Companies that produce toothpastes are very sly when they show the contents. For example, it is known that some pastes contain triclosan, however, its concentration is unknown, and it is necessary to make further analysis. The lack of transparency between dentists, and especially among patients, complicates even more the assessment of toothpastes.
Source: Healthy Food House