What is the difference between regular and "natural" toothpastes? And are the claims of the manufacturers of "natural" toothpastes about their greater health benefits really true? American dentist Grant Ritchie answers these questions in detail.
1. Sorbitol, a liquid that prevents the paste from drying out, is a laxative and can cause diarrhea in children.
2. And what is the well-known triclosan? Many have heard. It's even advertised. In fact, triclosan is an antibiotic. An antibiotic that fights harmful bacteria in the mouth.
But we know that our mouth has microflora and there must be, in addition to “conditionally” harmful, also “conditionally” useful microflora. More correctly, let's even say this: so that there is no harmful microflora, there must be a useful microflora in the mouth.
But the antibiotic triclosan, being a synthetic antibiotic, does not understand which microflora is useful or harmful, it does not matter - it is synthetic. He "sweeps" everything. It seems to be in order, but pathogenic (conditionally harmful) bacteria grow faster than useful ones, and, unrestrained, they induce complete dysbiosis in the mouth. It turns out that the more often and more we use toothpaste with triclosan, the less normal, useful flora in the mouth becomes. In the end … however, draw the picture further yourself, not to mention the smell from the mouth.
It is not necessary to sterilize the mouth, but to "grow" useful microflora in the mouth and it will restrain the growth of harmful microbes.
3. There is another ingredient in various toothpastes - Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS).
No one advertises this ingredient and there are good reasons for that.
What the manufacturer writes about him is a foaming agent. Purpose - the creation of foam, which, due to the bursting bubbles, provides a mini "blast wave" effect, which splits the particles of the plaque.
In fact, it is a cheap detergent made from coconut oil by chemical synthesis, widely used in cosmetic cleaners, shampoos, bath and shower gels, bath foamers, etc. Over the past 10 years, toothpaste manufacturers have begun to make extensive use of this absolutely cheap, chemical ingredient. It is perhaps the most dangerous ingredient in hair and skin care products.
In industry, SLS is used for cleaning garage floors, engine degreasers, car washes, etc. It is a very corrosive agent (although it does remove grease from the surface). SLS is used in clinics around the world as a skin irritation tester in the following way: researchers use this drug to irritate the skin in animals and humans, and then treat them with different drugs.
Recent research at the Georgia State University College of Medicine has shown that SLS penetrates the eyes, brain, heart, liver, etc. and lingers there, it is very difficult to get out. This is especially dangerous for children, in whose tissues it accumulates in high concentrations. These studies also show that SLS alters the protein composition of children's eyes (the most delicate and mobile protein). Delays the normal development of these children, causes cataracts (over the past few years, cataracts have become much younger).
Many firms often disguise their SLS products as natural, stating "sourced from coconuts."
4. The next very dangerous ingredient is Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES).
Similar ingredient to SLS (ester chain added). The # 1 ingredient in cleansers and shampoos. It is very cheap and thickens with the addition of salt.Forms a lot of foam and gives the illusion that it is thick, concentrated and expensive. This is a fairly mild detergent. Used as a wetting agent in the textile industry.
SLES reacts with other ingredients and forms dioxins in addition to nitrates.
Recent studies have shown that sodium laureth sulfate has an effect on fertility in men. This substance is especially dangerous for children, since children often swallow toothpaste, which causes, among other things, gastrointestinal diseases.
Studies in Oslo, Norway have shown that sodium lauryl sulfate can accelerate the onset of oral ulcers (aphthous stomatitis) in people prone to them. Maxillofacial surgeon Paul Barkwell observed that the occurrence of ulcerative lesions was reduced by 70% when patients brushed their teeth with a toothpaste without sodium lauryl sulfate.
Scientists suggest that sodium lauryl sulfate dries out the mucous membrane of the oral mucosa, increases the sensitivity of the gums to allergens and irritants such as food acids. Sodium lauryl sulfate is the strongest abrasive, and the whitening effect of pastes containing it is achieved by grinding the enamel of the teeth, which leads to a thinning of the enamel.
The toothpaste manufacturer adds SLES to the foaming product. This is an absolutely cheap (generally penny) ingredient, and with abundant foam it creates the appearance of an expensive product. It remains to add a synthetic (penny) flavoring, a synthetic (penny) flavoring additive (as they now write - identical to the natural one), tint and go.
5. Carcinogen fluoride is a substance that can stimulate or cause cancer. For many years, this ingredient has been touted as beneficial for the teeth, strengthening the enamel. It was introduced into the composition of toothpastes and was recommended to children as "a component necessary during the development of permanent teeth." And this despite the fact that back in 1977, the National American Cancer Institute showed a link between fluoride and cancer. Fluoride should not enter the body as fluoride. It is needed in small amounts and can be absorbed through food. Excess fluoride not only does not improve the condition of the teeth, but is even capable of destroying enamel. Now fluoride toothpastes are not as popular. Hygienists recommend using them no more than 1-2 times a week, replacing them with other pastes. And only in some countries, where people tend to believe advertising, the boom of fluorinated pastes continues. They are used even by those who, under the influence of these pastes, have a disease of fluorosis - darkening of the teeth.
In the United States, fluoridation of drinking water annually causes: 40 million cases of arthritis, 8 million cases of tooth deformities in children, 2 million allergies and more than 10,000 cancer deaths. Acute intoxication manifests itself in the form
6. Ethyl alcohol (ethanol). Many brands of mouthwash contain alcohol. Usually denatured. Small children can accidentally swallow the mouthwash while brushing their teeth, which is enough for the baby's health problems. According to scientists, alcohol-based mouthwash can cause serious problems in children and adults:
Over the past 5 years, 10,000 children under the age of 6 have been poisoned by such means. A mouthwash with an alcohol content of 30 g, if swallowed by a child, causes brain damage, stroke, coma; 140 g of mouthwash is enough to kill a child.
Mouthwashes with an alcohol concentration of 25% or more increase the incidence of cancer in the mouth, pharynx and tongue (by 60% in men and 90% in women). Alcohol dries up the mucous membrane, disrupts the protective function of cells. Many brands include fragrances, sweeteners, and flavorings in children's toothpastes to make them more appealing to children. Children do not know how to control the swallowing reflex and, when cleaning, involuntarily swallow 30% of the paste.
tons of tumors and various types of cancer.
People living in areas with a high fluoride content in food water are not recommended to use pastes with fluoride (fluoride). However, almost all toothpastes, with rare exceptions, contain this component.
7. Sweeteners make the paste feel like a treat, which further enhances this reaction and makes you want to eat the entire contents of the tube. Saccharin, used as a sweetener, has been shown to be a clear carcinogen. The dyes that give the pastes their bright colors are also carcinogenic. Flavors and flavors are often allergens and irritants.
The question arises: why is the manufacturer allowed to use these ingredients if they are so harmful? There are several answers:
1) the minimum acceptable and (supposedly) not dangerous to health dose (but remember that we rub it into our teeth every morning);
2) the minimum (penny) cost of an ingredient that allows you to make huge profits on the finished product;
3) sometimes there is practically no production control, and we know how much falsification is on the market.
So be careful and you will be healthy!