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We all want pretty teeth and a big, bright white smile. But, your teeth reveal far more about you than a cheery disposition…
Your teeth and gums are also a window to your health.
After all, if your gums are in bad shape and your teeth are full of cavities, it’s likely heart disease is already part your life… or is about to strike.
And that bacteria crawling on infected teeth and gums can leave you at risk for lung infections, pneumonia and even COPD.
But, is using that toothpaste off the shelf from your local drugstore the answer to your problems?
The answer is no.
The toothpaste toxin scandal
You may not know this but there are some extremely dangerous toxins lurking in the toothpaste on your bathroom cabinet right at this very second.
- Triclosan – If you use toothpaste like Colgate Total, beware. It contains triclosan, a chemical known to not only encourage antibiotic resistance but also endocrine disruption. This means it screws up your hormones. What’s really crazy is the FDA considered the chemical dangerous enough to ban it from the soap you use on your hands but they still let you stick it in your mouth!
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – You know how your toothpaste makes your mouth all foamy? Well, that’s thanks to the sodium lauryl sulfate… And, it’s not a good thing. Not only can it cause skin irritation and canker sores, the manufacturing process can cause it to be contaminated with a carcinogen. (Yep, that’s something that causes cancer.)
- Titanium Dioxide – Used to make your toothpaste a bright white, this pigment has recently been shown to build up as crystals in your pancreas and has been linked to the development of diabetes.
The safer choice
So, what should you use instead considering how unsafe those conventional choices are?
Well, a scientific study has the answer and you may be surprised…
Researchers compared aloe vera tooth gel in a head to head study against two commercially available toothpastes and found that the aloe gel was not only as effective or better than the regular toothpastes at promoting good oral hygiene, it was also less abrasive.
To top it off the aloe gel was anti-inflammatory, a big bonus when it comes to gum health.
Now, the researches do warn that not all aloe tooth gels contain the right form of aloe vera to grab all the benefits for your teeth and gums.
The best way to find the one you’re looking for is to check with non-profit associations like the International Aloe Science Council to see what products have received the organization’s seal of quality.
A white smile is important but healthy teeth and gums are worth far more. Skip the commercial toothpastes packed with toxins and use an aloe vera tooth gel instead for the healthiest mouth possible.
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- 10 Health Issues Caused by Bad Oral Health — Absolute Dental
- Is Cancer Lurking in Your Toothpaste? (And Your Soap? And Your Lipstick?) — Newsweek
- Why a Chemical Banned From Soap Is Still in Your Toothpaste — The New York Times
- The effect of sodium lauryl sulfate on recurrent aphthous ulcers: a clinical study — Compendium of continuing education in dentistry
- The Dirty Dozen: Sodium Laureth Sulfate — David Suzuki Foundation
- Possible link found between diabetes and common white pigment — University of Texas at Austin
- Tooth Gel: Healing Power Of Aloe Vera Proves Beneficial For Teeth And Gums, Too — Academy of General Dentistry