The toxic Supplement

The toxic Supplement

The Toxic Supplement Your Body Could Do Without

There’s a lot of noise pollution out there regarding the argument for or against fluoride.  Fluoride has been a staple of America’s dental regime since the nineteen fifties. Without thought, or apprehension, communities have taken what the dental specialist pushed as gospel, therefore  fluoride is good for you. It’s an equation more than six decades in the making. If a little bit of fluoride is good for teeth, than a lot must be even better. Until its not.  Interestingly enough, fluoride is the one supplement that serves no function. The human body does not need fluoride to function properly.

Fluoride Saturation

So why have towns across the country been adding fluoride to the city water for decades? Communities with naturally occurring calcium fluoride, a mineral found in various regions around the world, historically have demonstrated lower incidence of tooth decay. Making the argument seem sound. Except, fluoride added to drinking water, for the majority of american households means the government is putting it there, and not the naturally occurring kind. The fluoride added to drinking water always is derived from chemical waste. Americans and people the world over are beginning to experience fluoride saturation

fluoride saturation.

Fluoride added to water is a fact of life for many communities with otherwise pure and clean, naturally occurring water supplies.

Except that the fluoride added to municipal water supplies all around the country (and the world) is not naturally occurring calcium fluoride. More than two thirds of Americans are currently receiving artificially fluoridated water at their tap. Water that is fluoridated by what essentially is a chemical waste product. A waste product that is toxic. The entire argument for the use of fluoride is based on studies in communities with naturally occurring mineral deposits of calcium fluoride. Recent studies from communities with artificially fluoridated water have not been able to backup or substantiate the original findings of reduced dental decay and cavity incident.

Continued Fluoride Saturation/Adding New Communities to the List

So why do NEW communities (around the world and) here in the U.S. continue to begin new fluoridation programs on their municipal water supplies? Conditioning and propaganda. Decades of trusted professionals telling us its good for us. Federal and government backing and American Dental Association support. All part of the propaganda to not change the status quo.

Poison and Fluoride

Many Americans are aware that fluoride is a toxin. Yet somehow we look past the fact that a tube of toothpaste easily contains enough fluoride to kill a small child. As consumers we’ve educated ourselves about all kinds of toxins that find their way into our bodies, even switching out the containers in our homes to eradicate exposure to BPA’s and other known chemicals with potential to harm. Fluoride saturation is not an unknown. Science has linked fluoride exposure to cancer, complications with diabetes, dementia, arthritis, mental defects, alzheimer’s, birth defects and a whole myriad of other complications. Still we have not eliminated or reduced our exposure, our childrens exposure or the eventual overload to the environment to the toxins of fluoride.

fluoride saturation has reached it's tipping point

Fluoride saturation in water, food, and personal care products: drowning us in toxic chemicals.

Since fluoride is nearly impossible to filter out of water the best option to reduce exposure is to get it out of toothpaste and mouthwash products in your home. There are alternatives that are very effective, maybe more so than fluoride, at remineralizing enamel and strengthening teeth. In essence fluoride only effectively works topically, unless teeth are still forming below the gum line, otherwise ingesting fluoride serves no purpose and, in fact, is toxic. In the long list of everyday things people come into contact with that are toxic, potentially even deadly fluoride should not be overlooked or segregated from the worst offenders. Fluoride hurts people and in many cases is forced on us through regimented doses in public water systems. Contact our office for products and information about alternatives to fluoride.

Mental Health, Your Mouth and Fluoride

Mental Health, Your Mouth and Fluoride

Mental health fitness: your oral health may be linked more than you know

Mental Health means a lot of different things. There are mental health issues that are tied to genetics and mental health issues affected by age, experience, general health and a barrage of other factors. Consider that, for most otherwise healthy individuals, many conditions our body and minds experience are closely tied to a variety many parts of our lives. Environment, health, diet, genetics, amount of sleep, even physical exercise have been shown to affect our mental health. How does the health of your mouth relate to these things?

The mouth is a vector to the rest of the body, and mind. Everything that enters the mouth enters the body via the gastro (stomach) system or directly through the thin, permeable skin inside the mouth.  Consequently toxins from pesticides, chemicals, metals and other harmful substances can go directly into the bloodstream. After prolonged exposure enough of any toxin can build up. This is how metals from dental work, even fluoride, can eventually affect peoples physical, even mental health.

Fluoride as it relates to mental health

For decades many generations of Americans have believed that healthy smiles are dependent on the use of fluoride.  There are many opinions from many different professionals regarding fluoride, just ask. To develop a broader understanding of the fluoride issue look at the various facts about fluoride. Particularly in relation to how it affects a persons mental health.

When it all started

Ever since the 1950’s American dentist have been recommending preventative fluoride treatment.  For decades dentist noticed that community with natural supplies of fluoride in the water had significantly less incidents of tooth decay. Cue the flood of fluoride into the American household. What started as an additive to community water supplies ended up being in toothpaste, mouthwash, baby supplements, even foods that are canned using water supplies fluoridated. All of this resulting in two thirds of the American municipal water supply being treated with added fluoride, and a barrage of healthcare products, supplements and even some foods.

When fluoride occurs naturally, a mineral called calcium fluoride, trace amounts of it absorb over time into ground water. The mineral-calcium fluoride-routinely shows up in natural water supplies and surrounding community population demonstrate lower incidence of cavities. Adding fluoride in its natural form to municipal water supplies would seem like the thing a good argument. Except that the fluoride added to municipal water does not occur naturally.

Fluoride added to water today comes from chemical waste products.  A debate to add fluoride to water bases all research on communities with natural fluoride. No substantial evidence has shown chemical waste derived fluoride to reduce dental decay.

How this relates to mental health

Fluoride is a Toxin.

Across the country adults are aware of the inherent danger in fluoride exposure. Children can easily overdose, pets can get sick. We withhold toothpaste with fluoride to infants and young children. American consumers educate themselves on many toxins that find their way into homes and foods, even avoiding plastics in foods, BPA’s, over processed foods and pesticides. Yet fluoride gets a green light.

“Fluoride is not an unknown. Science has linked fluoride exposure to cancer, complications with diabetes, dementia, arthritis, mental defects, alzheimer’s, birth defects and a whole myriad of other complications. Still we have not eliminated or reduced our exposure, our children’s exposure or the eventual overload to the environment to the toxins of fluoride.”

Knowing that fluoride can be so toxic and detrimental many educated consumers are choosing to reduce and eliminate as much fluoride as possible from our bodies.

Alternatives to Fluoride

There are ways to help tooth enamel stay strong and resilient while avoiding fluoridated products. Focusing on foods that are especially good at remineralizing teeth, eliminate or reduce food or drinks that soften and wear out enamel. Products like xylitol have shown potential in remineralizing and protecting enamel. These are just a few of the options when it comes to eliminating a toxic substances while continuing to protect your teeth and overall health both mental and physical.

Contact our office for products and information about alternatives to fluoride.

Ref:

50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation

Key to Keeping Healthy Teeth

Key to Keeping Healthy Teeth

Great Tips For Keeping Your Teeth Healthy

As soon as we can hold a toothbrush we are taught that we need to brush, floss, and use mouthwash to make sure to keep our teeth healthy. These three basic things are so common that we tend do them automatically and without thought. Not paying attention to what we are doing and how we are doing it will eventually lead to our teeth not looking the way they used to. Eventually that can lead to the last that thing that you want from your teeth; a yellow, dirty or discolored smile. The culmination of these symptoms, a potential cavity, gum disease or worse. The last type of disease that you want in your mouth, periodontal disease, can easily follow. Keeping your teeth healthy is something that should be taken seriously and not fooled around with.

Follow these simple tips for healthy teeth and a beautiful smile:

  • Brushing: We know that we all have to brush twice a day, but how you brush makes a difference. Always take time when brushing your teeth;
    • Rushing is just as bad as not having brushed at all. Likewise trying to multitasking often defeats the purpose, being distracted can lead to not brushing all quadrants of the mouth evenly.
    • Use bristles that are comfortable for your teeth and gums. Use the proper motion of actually brushing on your teeth by going forwards and backwards while not forgetting to brush the insides of your teeth as well.
  • Flossing: Flossing, while often overlooked as vital, plays an important role in dislodging debris between teeth and removing bacterial colonies in tight spaces. People tend to dismiss flossing from their teeth cleaning routine because, in reality flossing helps reach the spot in between the teeth that a toothbrush cannot. Flossing helps remove all the plaque in between the teeth and the surrounding gum lining. Make sure to floss daily to ensure your teeth stay as healthy as possible.
  • Mouthwash: Though not as important as the other two methods to keep a set of healthy teeth, mouth washing ranks as one of the easiest ways to add one more safety net for your teeth. People that regularly use mouthwash are much less likely to get gingivitis and excessive plaque. On average, mouth washing twice a day gives the most benefits. Using mouthwash recommended by your dentist will also provide you with a wash ph balanced, and free of chemicals or sugar that may not be beneficial. Some mouthwash also promote slippery saliva, in turn protecting teeth from bacteria further.

Having experience in the dental field and knowing the importance of having clean, healthy teeth is what Dr. Marilyn K Jones has been about even since getting handed her dental degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Jones, a great student of health throughout her life, and knows what is needed to keep a person healthy and their teeth happy.

Call our office now at (713) 785-7767 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you and earning your trust.

The Fluoride Debate

The Fluoride Debate:  To Use Fluoride Or Not To Use Fluoride

Beautiful and healthy smiles may not be dependant on fluoride use.

The Debate: Beautiful and healthy smiles may not be dependant on fluoride use.

You can find a professional opinion at every turn regarding the argument: To Fluoride or Not To Fluoride. The topic “to use fluoride” or “not to use fluoride” should be less confusing.  One simple answer.  A nice and neat, black and white answer is what we need.  Historically, in science, black and white are not something easily come by.  Currently the ongoing argument finds dentist on the defense weather they are pro fluoride or anti-fluoride.

Why The Debate?

Fluoride has been a staple of the American dental regimine and dentist recommendations since the 1950’s. You don’t have to look long, or hard to see why that protocol fell into place. Communities with naturally fluoridated water supplies had drastically lower rates of decay, sometimes as low as 30% lower than non fluoridated communities. Enter fluoride’s stampede into the american household. Fluoride found it’s way into toothpaste, mouthwash, baby vitamins, and municipal water supplies across the country.  Today more than two thirds of americans are currently receiving artificially fluoridated water at their faucet. Additionally some of their foods, toothpaste, many mouthwashes and supplements can contain fluoride.

Naturally occurring fluoride is a mineral called calcium fluoride, found in various places around the world it readily absorbs into ground water in trace amounts.  Communities with naturally occurring calcium fluoride, a mineral found in various regions around the world, have consistently demonstrated lower incidence of tooth decay so the argument seemed sound.  Except that the fluoride added to municipal water supplies all around the country is not naturally occurring calcium fluoride.

Municipal water that is fluoridated today essentially is an chemical waste product. The entire argument for the use of fluoride is based on studies in communities with naturally occurring mineral deposits of calcium fluoride. Recent studies from communities with artificially fluoridated water have not been able to backup or substantiate the original findings of reduced dental decay and cavity incident.

Fluoride is a Toxin

Many Americans are aware that fluoride is a toxin, yet somehow we look past the fact that a tube of toothpaste easily contains enough fluoride to kill a small child. As consumers we’ve educated ourselves about all kinds of toxins that find their way into our bodies, even switching out the containers in our homes to eradicate exposure to BPA’s and other known chemicals with potential to harm.

Fluoride is not an unknown. Science has linked fluoride exposure to cancer, complications with diabetes, dementia, arthritis, mental defects, alzheimer’s, birth defects and a whole myriad of other complications. Still we have not eliminated or reduced our exposure, our children’s exposure or the eventual overload to the environment to the toxins of fluoride.

Since fluoride is nearly impossible to filter out of water the best option to reduce exposure is to get it out of toothpaste and mouthwash products in your home. There are alternatives that are very effective, maybe more so than fluoride, at remineralizing enamel and strengthening teeth. In essence fluoride only effectively works topically, unless teeth are still forming below the gum line, otherwise ingesting fluoride serves no purpose and, in fact, is toxic.

In the long list of everyday things people come into contact with that are toxic, potentially even deadly, fluoride should not be overlooked or separated out from worst offenders. Fluoride hurts people.  In many cases it is forced on us through regimented doses in public water systems.

Alternatives to Fluoride

There are ways to help ensure tooth enamel stays strong and resilient while avoiding fluoride products. Individuals may focus on foods that are especially good at remineralizing teeth, eliminate specific foods that soften and wear out enamel and use products like xylitol that have shown potential in remineralizing and protecting enamel. These are just a few of the options when it comes to eliminating a toxic substance and continuing to protect your teeth and overall health.

Contact our office for products and information about alternatives to fluoride.

Dentistry: Time To Go Natural

These days everyone wants to be a part of the growing trend to go all natural. Marketers have flooded television, newspaper, product names and PR campaigns with a barrage of information insisting that natural is the only way to go. There is a lot of good to come from getting food and personal care products, even home goods that are more natural and less chemicals, less processing and less artificial.

z-systems zirconia dental implants

ceramics used in dental implants are non-metallic and white throughout

Sometimes there are so many “natural” choices it can be hard to discern what is good and what might not be everything you need it to be. Especially in the world of dentistry. For example, ceramic implants cannot be touted as natural because they are definitely man made. Ceramic implants are made from a scientifically engineered material, derived from a naturally occurring metal ore that is so biologically compatible with the human body that it can pass for natural bone material. Other “natural” remedies, like fluoride can actually be derived from toxic industrial waste then passed off as natural all because a form of fluoride does exist in nature.

There are a variety of unique and healthy ways to utilize natural products to keep your teeth and gums healthy and thriving.  Everything from whitening teeth, remineralizing enamel, preventing cavities, bad breath, gum disease and stopping hypersensitivity can all be enhanced with natural products. Sometimes there are so many available products that it can be difficult to determine where to start and what will the best results.

Coconut oil and oil pulling can improve dental health

Coconut oil and oil pulling can improve dental health

While things like oil-pulling and coconut oil are obvious, easy options to include in your personal home care we may have other products and information about products that will further allow you to get more chemicals out of your household and body.  Maybe you will start with a natural toothpaste, maybe homemade toothpaste. For additional ideas on natural products and information about the ones you currently use call us, setup an appointment to learn more about how we can take care of your dental needs naturally using the best products and employing bio-compatibility and testing when needed to give you the healthiest, brightest and most natural oral health available.

Toxic Fluoride

Toxic Fluoride: The Controversy with Fluoride

It’s not new news that a cloud of controversy hangs over fluoride and it’s regimented use, particularly as an additive in municipal water supplies: water that runs through the homes of more than two thirds of American homes.  The discord has been around since the use of fluoride became a standardized part of recommended dental care.

Scientist have long known that fluoride is a neurotoxin among other things. Besides it being detrimental to the health of humans, it’s also well known that fluoride is even more deadly in miniscule amounts to some of the most fragile ecosystems. The cornerstones of nature’s food chain: invertebrates, including crustaceans, insects, worms, and plankton can be decimated by small amounts of fluoride added to an ecosystem. The “canaries” in our own backyards.

toxic fluoride can effect wild animal populations too.

toxic fluoride can effect wild animal populations too.

Toxic Fluoride: Who Supports Fluoride

Yet federal regulators continue to push fluoride (fluoride derived from industrial waste) onto communities and the dental industry as “essential”.  Fluoride dispensed into municipal water systems and then cycled, or dumped, back into the environment through our own drains in the sink.  Where it then builds up in soil and groundwater and surrounding lakes and rivers, eventually reaching the ocean.

This is the cycle repeated in communities over and over for nearly 7 decades, currently effecting over 67% of United States citizens. While research has not vindicated the practice new communities are added to the fluoride establishment every year.

What stops many people from really contemplating and investigating fluoride is the perception that they should trust their doctors and the governmental departments that are in place to protect us. Namely the EPA and the FDA, the two federal entities who promote fluoridation of municipal water supplies.  The same government departments that have documented studies confirming fluoride is definitively linked to: lower IQ’s in children, birth defects, bone defects, alzheimer’s, and a host of other ailments, and maladies.

Even the ADA (American Dental Association) has followed Federal guidelines and currently recommends fluoride added to municipal water supplies as part of a campaign to reduce cavities and tooth loss from decay. Though the ADA has systematically failed to acknowledge independent studies that disprove any relevance in cavity reduction. Moreover, those studies, finding that fluoridation programs are much more likely to increase over exposure and have adverse effects. Effects that are particularly noticeable in the very young and the elderly.

Toxic Fluoride: What We Can Do

In the interim, while the battle wages, and big corporations and government hold the upper hand, we continue to poison our communities, our children, future generations and the plants and animals around us and all the way out into the ocean. Decreasing fluoride exposure can be done by modifying personal care products, namely oral hygiene items with added fluoride. There are natural toothpaste and mouthwashes both commercially and DIY versions all equally proficient at cleaning teeth and remineralizing enamel.

Support for community advocates currently working to stop the spread of fluoride and opposition to any new local fluoridation programs can drastically improve public knowledge. Also reducing dependance on commercial products with fluoride added helps to reduce fluoride saturation on a personal level and even an environmental level.

Protection from Toxic Fluoride exposure should be gaurenteed for everyone, young and old.

Protection from Toxic Fluoride exposure should be guaranteed for everyone, young and old.

Scientific studies performed in independent labs have established, over and over, that there is no safe level of fluoridation for people. In repeated studies the variables and the patients effected could not be set to a uniform percentage. Those same studies confirm that oral dosing of Fluoride has no effect on existing teeth that are not still forming below the gum line. In each study, however, at least one patient was found to have profound effects of toxic fluoride exposure, even at very nominal doses. So that whether the deficit can be measured in loss of IQ or by dental or skeletal fluorosis, there was always a measurable toxic effect.

To learn more about how to minimize your exposure to the potential toxic effects of fluoride ask us at your next visit.

 

Fluoride Saturation: The Toxic Supplement

Fluoride Saturation: The Toxic Supplement Your Body Could Do Without

There’s a lot of noise pollution out there regarding the argument against fluoride.  Fluoride has been a staple of America’s dental regime since the nineteen fifties. Without thought, or apprehension, communities have taken what the dental specialist pushed as gospel: fluoride is good for you. It’s an equation more than six decades in the making. If a little bit of fluoride is good for teeth, than a lot must be even better. Until its not.  Interestingly enough, fluoride is the one supplement that serves no function. The human body does not need fluoride to function properly.

Fluoride Saturation

So why have towns across the country been adding fluoride to the city water for decades? Communities with naturally occurring calcium fluoride, a mineral found in various regions around the world, historically have demonstrated lower incidence of tooth decay. Making the argument seem sound. Except, fluoride added to drinking water, for the majority of american households means the government is putting it there, and not the naturally occurring kind. The fluoride added to drinking water always is derived from chemical waste. Americans and people the world over are beginning to experience fluoride saturation

fluoride saturation.

Fluoride added to water is a fact of life for many communities with otherwise pure and clean, naturally occurring water supplies.

Except that the fluoride added to municipal water supplies all around the country (and the world) is not naturally occurring calcium fluoride. More than two thirds of Americans are currently receiving artificially fluoridated water at their tap. Water that is fluoridated by what essentially is a chemical waste product. A waste product that is toxic. The entire argument for the use of fluoride is based on studies in communities with naturally occurring mineral deposits of calcium fluoride. Recent studies from communities with artificially fluoridated water have not been able to backup or substantiate the original findings of reduced dental decay and cavity incident.

Continued Fluoride Saturation/Adding New Communities to the List

So why do NEW communities (around the world and) here in the U.S. continue to begin new fluoridation programs on their municipal water supplies? Conditioning and propaganda. Decades of trusted professionals telling us its good for us. Federal and government backing and American Dental Association support. All part of the propaganda to not change the status quo.

Poison and Fluoride

Many Americans are aware that fluoride is a toxin. Yet somehow we look past the fact that a tube of toothpaste easily contains enough fluoride to kill a small child. As consumers we’ve educated ourselves about all kinds of toxins that find their way into our bodies, even switching out the containers in our homes to eradicate exposure to BPA’s and other known chemicals with potential to harm. Fluoride saturation is not an unknown. Science has linked fluoride exposure to cancer, complications with diabetes, dementia, arthritis, mental defects, alzheimer’s, birth defects and a whole myriad of other complications. Still we have not eliminated or reduced our exposure, our childrens exposure or the eventual overload to the environment to the toxins of fluoride.

fluoride saturation has reached it's tipping point

Fluoride saturation in water, food, and personal care products: drowning us in toxic chemicals.

Since fluoride is nearly impossible to filter out of water the best option to reduce exposure is to get it out of toothpaste and mouthwash products in your home. There are alternatives that are very effective, maybe more so than fluoride, at remineralizing enamel and strengthening teeth. In essence fluoride only effectively works topically, unless teeth are still forming below the gum line, otherwise ingesting fluoride serves no purpose and, in fact, is toxic. In the long list of everyday things people come into contact with that are toxic, potentially even deadly fluoride should not be overlooked or segregated from the worst offenders. Fluoride hurts people and in many cases is forced on us through regimented doses in public water systems. Contact our office for products and information about alternatives to fluoride.

Fluoride and the Risks Associated with Overexposure

Alzheimer’s and Other Risks Posed From Fluoride Exposure

With an aging population, advancements in medicine, and increased life expectancies, an estimated 450,000 new cases of alzheimer’s are expected to be diagnosed in the United States by the end of 2014. In a recent study published by The Alzheimer’s Association every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops alzheimer’s. Its scary and interesting to note that by 2050 the incidence is expected to increase from one new patient every 67 seconds to one new patient each 33 seconds. While research and studies cannot conclusively determine all the likely culprits that are potential causes for the onset of alzheimer’s there are strong indicators of several things that contribute to the disease onset.  We know, for example, that several environmental factors can contribute to the development of alzheimer’s in various lab and clinical studies. (By now you may be wondering how any of this can be related to dentistry. This is a biological dentistry article after all.) The fact is that there are a number of environmental contributors that are linked to alzheimer’s and are, in fact, closely related to traditional dentistry, namely mercury, fluoride and even aluminum exposure.

Fluoride Exposure Isn’t Just About Toothpaste

Dental Hygiene

Early in the 1930’s researchers began to notice that communities with naturally occurring fluoride in their water supplies had up to a third less cavity incidence. By the 1940’s communities without naturally occurring fluoridated water began introducing fluoride to their municipal water supply in an effort to reduce cavities and improve overall health. For the next 8 decades hundreds of thousands of towns and cities across the United States would introduce fluoridated water without so much as a second thought. Eighty years ago virtually nothing had fluoride added to it and so the introduction of fluoride to water systems in general seemed innocuous, if not helpful. Today however virtually everything can be laced with fluoride, anything made commercially (all sodas and processed beverages, even preserved food commercially canned in or with water)  carries the potential to be made with water already fluoridated, additionally toothpastes, mouthwashes, gels and rinses all have added fluoride on top of the fluoride found in municipal water supplies and commercially prepared foods. Another thing largely not available eighty years ago? Studies on the effects of long term exposure to fluoride.

Fluoride Linked to a Number of Diseases

Today there are fists full of documented, scientific studies that link excessive fluoride exposure to everything from breast and bone cancer, autoimmune diseases and bone deformities, even joint pain, abdominal pain, digestive disorders, neurologic birth defects, behaviour problems, tooth malformities and alzheimer’s. That’s not all. The effects that fluoride can have on an individual is clinically compounded when the fluoride exposure is combined with exposure to aluminum.  Like a synergistic catapult, aluminum seems to make the body even more susceptible to the toxic effects of fluoride. Its hard to not be exposed to soluble aluminum these days. So much of our lives comes out of a can or a tube, usually made from aluminum or an alloy containing aluminum, thereby virtually ensuring that our bodies are acting as a chemistry experiment with two toxic chemicals, with the most vulnerable being the very young and the very old.

Minimizing Your Risk From Fluoride and the Risk to Your Family.

The risks from fluoride exposure can be mitigated by using distilled water, eliminating toothpaste and mouthwash with fluoride, checking prepared products to ensure they are made with distilled water and avoiding plants that are naturally high in fluoride.

Call our office today to discuss how a biological dentist can help you determine what kinds of health risks you may be able to eliminate from your life.

Marilyn K Jones DDS

Address: 800 Bering Dr Suite 204 , Houston, TX 77057 Phone: (713) 785-7767 Email: mjones@hal-pc.org

 

What Risks are Hiding in Your Toothpaste?

Chemicals in Your Toothpaste

News regarding triclosan, a chemical known for its potential to disrupt endocrine processes in the body and potential to promote cancer, recently surged into the spotlight after safety studies were released in a Freedom of Information Act compliance from the FDA. Triclosan, a chemical added to a variety of products, reportedly aids in fighting bacterial growth. The chemical is added to pet food dispensers, cutting boards, and hand soaps and some toothpaste among other things. Sometimes triclosan is listed only as a preservative in the list of ingredients.

While the EU (European Union) has banned the use of triclosan in any product that comes into contact with food millions of Americans are putting it in their mouth, on their toothbrushes, everyday.  Colgate wants consumers to feel reassured, and has released its own press release stating there is no reason to doubt the FDA’s current ruling on the chemical triclosan, that fights bacteria, thereby aiding in defense of periodontal disease and potentially reducing cavities.

The Studies

While triclosan studies abound there are no black and white definitives as to what it will do and what it won’t do.  Independent scientist agree that research shows test groups (of animals) have side effects indicating a disruption in the body’s endocrine processes, the processes responsible for regulating hormones and normal growth patterns.

The real news might be that the FDA said it would investigate the safety of triclosan in 1974 but in 1976 the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act went into effect, thereby grandfathering in all existing substances and chemicals with no further testing required. 

The Fall Out

Other countries have banned the chemical triclosan from foods and materials that may come into contact with food. Now several states are individually reviewing triclosan, some have already passed laws prohibiting triclosan.

The FDA and other government agencies want consumers to believe they are safe but the past two decades have extensively increased our understanding and knowledge regarding carcinogens and how the endocrine system works.

The Hidden Risks

On a molecular level the chemical triclosan looks very similar to both thyroid hormones and to PCBs or polychlorinated biphenyls, (the stuff banned from plastics in order to prevent them leaching into our bodies and wreaking havoc.) When a chemical looks like one of the hormones in our bodies it allows it to react with hormone receptors in the body.

Increases in certain hormones have been shown to correlate with increases in breast, ovarian, and testicular cancers to name a few.  It’s widely held, in the scientific community, that long term exposure to chemicals that potentially react with the body on a hormonal level or affect the body’s natural endocrine processes should be avoided.

So why would any of us want to keep brushing our teeth with chemicals that have scientifically been linked to dangerous side effects, increased risks, cancers and a number of other dangerous health maladies?

The Remedy

True triclosan may possess the potential to fight bacteria but there are natural choices out there that can offer some of those same properties, get your teeth whiter and eliminate preservatives, and harmful chemicals like triclosan from your day to day use, all the while helping to remineralize your pearly whites. Try this:

Recipe For a Brighter, No Chemical, Smile!

5 parts Calcium powder (Calcium Carbonate vitamins pulverized into a fine powder–a clean coffee grinder or small food processor can speed this up)
2 parts Baking Soda
3-5 parts coconut oil to get desired texture
Optional ingredients: Essential oils for flavor (mint, cinnamon, and orange are all good), Grapefruit Seed Extract, Stevia to sweeten.

This recipe is fluoride free and triclosan free, making it safe for everyone in the house, grown-ups, kids, even Fido, though I can’t promise he will appreciate it as much as you. Store in a glass jar with tight fitting lid or look on amazon.com for refillable squeeze tubes now available for just such a thing!

 

There is Weird Stuff in Your Toothpaste – The Bad News and the Good News

If you are among the growing number of people who are actively reading labels in order to avoid harmful additives in food products, then you are probably also concerned about maintaining a healthy oral environment without using minty commercial toothpaste loaded with unpronounceable ingredients.

There are common ingredients in toothpaste today that, by their names alone will give a person pause at the very thought of even putting them in the mouth, much less accidentally ingesting them. A few of these might include:

  • Formaldehyde 
  • Paraffin 
  • Limestone 
  • Saccharin and other artificial sweeteners 
  • Aluminum 
  • Fluoride 
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and other detergents 
  • Triclosan (a highly toxic and carcinogenic chemical) FD&C Blue Dye No. 1 & No. 2 

Most of us have learned over the years to avoid ingesting toothpaste and other over-the-counter dental hygiene products, but when you consider the potential health consequences associated with ingesting any one -much less a combination of the above – avoiding these ingredients altogether begins to make a lot of sense. Symptoms of these products when ingested may include:

Intestinal irritation, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, constipation, bleeding
Muscle tremors
Jaundice
Kidney damage
Liver damage
Slow heart rate
Cancer (a variety)
Auto-immune disorders – lower IQ, exacerbation of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms
Disruption in the endocrine system and eventually; death

Carrageenan

Another ingredient commonly found in toothpastes – both those label ‘natural’ as well as the more conventional varieties is carrageenan. There is quite a bit of controversy over this product at the moment, although it is found in many of the products we use today including;

Toothpaste
Beer
Shoe polish
Shaving cream
Gummy products
Dairy products and plant-derived milks

Hailed as mostly harmless, carrageenan has a variety of recognized and worrying side effects including; colon cancer, inflammation and a depressed immune system. This ingredient is a polysaccharide made from red seaweed. On a molecular level it resembles plastic and is prevalent in consumable products for just that reason. Carrageenan first began being used as a food additive as far back to 600 BC in China and it began to be used commercially in the west in the 30?s. Today it is also found in milk products to improve viscosity, especially plant-based milks to boost cream-like qualities.

Carrageenan is used medicinally to treat coughs, bronchitis, tuberculosis and intestinal problems. The French use a form that has been changed by adding acid and high temperatures and is used to treat peptic ulcers, and as a bulk laxative. Although carrageenan is believed to be safe for most people there is a chemically altered variety of carrageenan that is increasingly believed to be unsafe – and linked to occurrences of cancer. Since you can’t necessarily tell by reading the label which variety of carrageenan is in a tube of toothpaste, this is one more product that needs to be put into the ‘potentially harmful ingredient’ category.

Avoid the Shiny Film Associated with Glycerin Additives

Most brands of toothpaste, including many labeled ‘natural’, contain the product glycerin. Glycerin is a significant problem in toothpaste precisely because it leaves a long-lasting, difficult to remove, clear coat on teeth. This is a problem due to the fact that a glycerin coating creates a physical barrier that prevents calcium and other essential minerals from working with saliva to rebuild or restore the natural healthy surface of teeth.

Current research shows that, given the proper environment, teeth can actually regenerate to some degree. However, teeth coated with glycerin commonly found in toothpastes are essentially sealed under a slimy, resilient coat that completely prevents re-mineralization and regeneration.

Healthy Homemade Teeth Cleansers

Found in most kitchens, perhaps one of the best ways to clean teeth is baking soda. When combined with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide (three percent) and aluminum free baking soda (which is less abrasive than common toothpaste) a surprisingly refreshing and effective teeth cleaner is created. Not only is this combination a natural whitener it is also safe for the gums.

Baking soda has the added effect of increasing alkalinity in the mouth, thereby reducing the harmful effect of acids produced by bacteria that leads to dental plaque and tooth decay, and it naturally helps to preserve tooth enamel.

More information:

Dr. Gerard F. Judd, PhD (re-mineralization)- http://www.healingteethnaturally.com/tooth-remineralisation-demineralisation-saliva-ph.html

Re-mineralization – http://www.healthpartners.com/files/34749.pdf

Carrageenan – http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-710-CARRAGEENAN.aspx?activeIngredientId=710&activeIngredientName=CARRAGEENAN

Common ingredients in toothpaste – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toothpaste