Brush Your Teeth

Sodium Fluoride (0.24)…Anticavity Toothpaste. Inactive: Sorbitol, Water, Hydrated Silica, PEG-8, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, SD Alcohol 38-B, Flavor, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Saccharin, Red 33, Red 40.

Sorry this is not a class in chemistry. Instead it’s to help you understand how we manage to harm ourselves without intending to. Any mother would be proud if their child brushed their teeth twice or even thrice a day. Many parents literally torture their children to brush their teeth. With good reason. Dental hygiene is undoubtedly important and the sooner you inculcate it into your routine the better. You might want to pay heed to what the toothpaste contains though.

Let’s start with fluoride. Fluoride is more toxic than lead. Fluoride was believed to be good for teeth. So much so that it became mandatory to add it to water in many countries. There is current,y no real scientific evidence to link fluoride to good dental health. Even the FDA classifies it as unapproved. Next Sodium Lauryl Sulphate. It is this ingredient that makes your toothpaste foam and gives you the belief that you “cleaned” your teeth. An emulsifier it has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity and skin irritation.

Now let’s turn our gaze to sodium Saccharin. Saccharine is nothing but an artificial sugar. Several times sweeter than sugar it is this ingredient that probably makes you enjoy your toothpaste. The taste at least. Often found in candy, colas and biscuits. The very things that cause tooth decay and makes you brush your teeth. If that is not enough, saccharine is linked to increase disk of cancer and also decreased insulin sensitivity. Decreased sensitivity means your body has to make more insulin to do the same job resulting in increased risk of diabetes. Did you think you were brushing your teeth? Perhaps, but mistakenly with a cocktail of toxins.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.

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