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What Is Toothpaste?

Nearly all toothpaste contains chemicals which are toxic when swallowed, and most must be spat out after use. It can be a paste or gel which is normally applied with a toothbrush to clean and preserve the health of teeth and gums.

Used to promote oral hygiene, toothpaste can help remove dental plaque and food from the teeth, aid in the elimination and/or covering of halitosis and deliver active ingredients such as fluoride or xylitol assist in the prevention of tooth and gum disease (gingivitis).

The use of Toothpaste is encouraged after each meal, but how much do you really know about what potentially dangerous chemicals are in it? Did you know that there are brands that are made from all natural ingredients?

A Quick History Of Toothpaste 

Thousands of years ago toothpaste recipes included such things as crushed bones, oyster shells and even human urine. Some tooth powders, popular in the 19th century, were made with chalk, pulverized brick, or salt.

Today Fluoride, in various forms, is the most popular active ingredient in toothpaste to prevent cavities. Despite being approved as an ingredient of toothpastes in the 1950's by the American Dental Association (ADA), it's use remains controversial.

Other possibly controversial ingredients include powered white mica, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), and triclosan.

-- Toothpaste on Wikipedia


It amazes me what we are expected to use on a daily basis. From food and personal hygiene to household cleaners and lawn care, there are toxins surrounding us. Once you know what they are, and what they can do to you, you may find yourself looking for more natural products, too.

Some research found on today's regular toothpaste:
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is commonly found in toothpastes, bubble bath, shampoos and soaps. Its used as a thickener and foaming agent, but has also been found to be a skin irritant.

Shampooing your hair with a shampoo containg SLS can put as many nitrates into your body as if you ate a pound of bacon! Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is also used as a wetting agent in garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers.

Sodium Laureth Sulphate is a higher foaming version of SLS and may be less irritating, however it may cause drying. Like Sodium Lauryl Sulphate it may cause the potentially carcinogenic formation of nitrates on reacting with other product ingredients.

- This Article Will Shock You If You Use Toothpaste

But it is not just in bubble bath that one finds chemicals harmful to the skin. They are also in toothpaste, shampoo, shaving creme and cleansers. In trying to find products that do not contain these harmful chemicals I visited supermarkets, chemists and health food shops. Surprisingly almost all cleansers include either sodium laureth sulphate or sodium lauryl sulphate, including the own brands of a well known health food shop and a certain wannabe ecologically friendly high street store. However, it is possible to find alternatives, you just need to check the ingredients label carefully. It is worth trying an alternative if you suffer from eczema, as I do, rather than simply washing in something which strips the skin and then using vegetable oil in the form of glycerine to moisturize it, or thinking that it is caused by some other pathological disorder. 
- Hidden Dangers in Cosmetics

A chemical called triclosan poses a health risk, as it is a toxic compound which can promote cancer. The most shocking thing is that triclosan is commonly found in everyday consumer goods such as antibacterial soaps, deodorants, body washes, creams, lotions, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, detergents, dishwashing liquids, and yes, mouthwash and toothpaste.

- Toxic chemical triclosan commonly found in anti-bacterial soaps, toothpaste products

Regardless of derivation, these man-made detergents pass through the skin and mucous membranes and bio-accumulate in fatty tissue to levels that can cause cellular malfunction and disease. And toothpaste is especially important because the mucous membranes in your mouth are very permeable. So, if you expose yourself to toxic toothpaste several times a day, you subject yourself to a lot of toxins.
- The Dirty Facts about Cleaning your Pearly Whites

What the commercials don't say is that fluoride was known in the early 1900s as an excellent rat poison. According to Robert Carleton, former scientist with the EPA, fluoride is more toxic than lead, and not quite as toxic as arsenic. It's a waste product of many heavy industries-derived from the production of pesticides, fertilizers, aluminum, iron, steel, copper, lead, uranium, brick, cement and glass, among others....

....As it turns out, too much toothpaste may not be good for your health. Concerned that too many young children were swallowing toothpaste, the Food and Drug Administration, beginning in April 1997, required the following warning to appear on tubes of fluoridated toothpaste: "Use only a pea sized amount and supervise child's brushing and rinsing (to minimize swallowing)." Parents also are warned to keep the toothpaste "out of the reach of children under 6," and to "seek professional help or contact a poison center immediately" if more than is used for brushing is accidentally swallowed.

The FDA's decision also was spurred by the growing number of cases of dental fluorosis-an unsightly and permanent discoloration of the teeth. The Wall Street Journal reports that 22 percent of American children now have the condition, which occurs in young children under six who have consumed too much fluoride.

- Fluoride: Wonder drug or super poison?

May contain lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic. Accumulates in body and contributes to bone disease. Carcinogenic. Found in toothpastes.

Suspected carcinogen and neurotoxin, it may be fatal if swallowed, absorbed through skin, inhaled or swallowed. Can cause spasms, edema, chemical pneumonitis and is extremely destructive to tissue of the mucous membrane, this chemical is found in many nail care products. Known to cause cancers in humans and experimental animals. Found in baby shampoo, bubble bath, deodorants, perfume, cologne, hair dye, mouthwash, toothpaste, hair spray, nail polish.

- List of the More Widely Known Dangerous Ingredients in Body & Food Products







After reading these articles and doing some more research, I cannot buy regular toothpaste ever again, just imagine putting those ingredients into your body everyday for the duration of your life, it's no wonder more of us are reporting disease.   I've switched our family to Jason's. Jason's toothpaste is awesome.  We use the spearmint.  This toothpaste is better than the mass market brand hands down.   Organic ingredients, Minty, fresh, clean, long lasting, not too mention the tube doesn't run out quickly.  Try it! 

More about Jason's toothpaste:

Exclusive Natural Whiteners!
Bacteria-Blaster Promotes Healthy Gums!
Long Lasting Breath Freshener Power up your smile with PowerSmile™ all-natural whitening toothpaste. Get whiter, brighter teeth without chemicals or harsh abrasives. Three natural whitening polishers; Bamboo powder, Calcium Carbonate and Silica help prevent plaque build-up and are more gentle on your teeth than other whitening ingredients.

Anti-bacterial Grapefruit Seed Extract and Perilla Seed Extract help block sugar acids and bacteria forming in your mouth. Certified Organic Aloe Vera Gel helps soothe and relieve gums from irritation. Essential oils of mint bring peppermint to the max!

JASON provides choices for the natural shopper, fluoride and non-fluoride, great-tasting, preventative oral care for a bright smile, healthy mouth and fresh breath that lasts and lasts.

Dear Friends of Nature,
Did you know that there is a strong link between oral health and general health? Bacteria in the mouth can create infections in the body.

"Saving Smiles" is the JASON goal. To do this, the JASON R&D Lab investigated and incorporated the most effective and powerful pharmacological-grade botanical ingredients proven to help blast bacteria with an exclusive ingredient, Perilla Seed, known for its power to help block sugar acids, glucose, sucrose, S. mutans, from bonding with minerals in your saliva that form tartar on your teeth.

JASON continuously looks for new ways to serve your modern needs. Oral Hygiene is one such area. They fear the dangers of overly-aggressive cosmetic whitening. They see too many natural toothpaste customers turned off by 20 years of unlikeable taste. JASON toothpastes live up to their credo of Pure, Natural & Organic and must pass the same stringent quality testing as all of our products.

JASON continues to be committed to products without additives, preservatives or synthetic sweeteners. And they deliver award-winning great taste! Experience the JASON difference.

Ingredients:Calcium Carbonate - Purified Mineral - Natural Whitening Polisher
Glycerin (vege) - Vegetable - Humectant
Aqua (Purified Spring Water) - Natural Spring - Base
Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate - Mineral - Acid Neutralizer
Carrageenan - Seaweed - Thickener
Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Gel¹ - Tropical Healing Plant - Gum Soothing
Sodium Bicarbonate - Mineral - Acid Neutralizer
Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Powder - Bamboo - Natural Whitening Polisher
Stevioside² - Plant - Flavor
Perilla Frutescens Japanica (Perilla) Seed Extract - Mt. Fuji (Japan) Tree - Sugar-Acid Blocker
Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract - Plant - Breath Freshener
Silica - Mineral - Natural Whitening Polisher
Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract - California Fruit - Gum Health
Mentha Piperita (Peppermint)² - Natural Leaf - Breath Freshening

¹ Certified Organic
² Natural Flavor

Free Of
Fluoride, Saccharin, Preservatives, Artificial Colors or Flavors, Animal By-Products, Lauryl Sulfates, Propylene Glycol

Adults and children 2 years of age and older: brush teeth thoroughly, preferably after each meal or at least twice a day, or as directed by a dentist or physician. Instruct children under 6 years of age in good brushing and rinsing habits (to minimize swallowing). Supervise children as necessary until capable of using without supervision. Children under 2 years of age: consult a dentist or physician.

Keep out of the reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.

Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Always consult with your professional health care provider before changing any medication.

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