Have you ever thought about why some of the most potent medications or supplements advise you to use them “sublingual”—meaning, under the tongue? It is because the fastest route to your bloodstream is through the mouth. The mouth has a 90% absorption efficiency!
It may surprise you to realize that over the course of a lifetime, the average American uses about 20 gallons of toothpaste. And, even though you don’t swallow your toothpaste, many chemicals in toothpaste have a number of potential risks associated with them, including endocrine disrupting, inflammatory, and/or carcinogenic activity.
The list of what chemicals to avoid is growing every year as new studies arise. Whereas fluoride has long been touted as the answer to decaying teeth, groundbreaking research has cast serious doubt on its usefulness as well as concerns over its risk. Other ingredients that are showing on the list of chemicals to avoid in oral care include triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), parabens, glycols, artificial colors, and artificial sweeteners. So how do you have good oral hygiene and avoid toxic chemicals?
- Xlyitol, a natural plant derivative, has been shown to slow the growth of bacteria most closely associated with tooth decay.
- Calcium carbonate has been proven effective for removing stains and help whiten teeth.
- Essential oils of clove, tea tree and myrrh help stabilize pH, inhibit the growth of bacteria and plaque and neutralize breath odor.
Also, remember that choosing foods in your diet that include vitamin C, vitamin D, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorous and Calcium are the foundation for strong, healthy teeth and gums.