Wait, What, Toothpaste!?
When I first learnt this stuff that is what I thought too. I mean toothpaste is good for us right and we need it to ensure we don’t get rotten teeth?
That is what I thought too, and brushed my teeth with a whole lot of toothpaste religiously.
But it got me thinking, we can eat so healthily, stay away from processed and fast food, yet we don’t bother looking into other things we put into our mouths like toothpaste.
You see it is not the toothpaste itself but one of its key components that has brought up numerous concerns in both the medical and natural food industries.
Yes, all the other stuff they put in there too is questionable but the main one that appears to be doing all the damage is Fluoride.
Now you may skim this over, it’s a bit long but I encourage you to take a little bit of time and read this one through. This is an important topic and one I believe deserves attention.
I honestly believe that our exposure to fluoride is causing countless problems in our lives and bodies. And I am not alone. Even if you do not believe it, consider it. Remember what Einstein said about being a genius?
“A genius is someone who is willing to accommodate new ideas.”
Fluoride is supposed to be good for us right?
So they add it in our water, in our toothpaste, in our mouthwash, use it to process tea, to process food, and put it on our teeth when we go to the dentist.
Yeah maybe a little bit is okay but at what point does too much of this good thing become a bad thing?
Fluoride is one of the active components of rat poison. For its size, only a small amount of fluoride is necessary to do the job to rats.
When will the amount we ingest become lethal to us?
Fluoride has been known to have been used in the water of Jewish concentration camps in World War 2 to make the prisoners easier to control and compliant.
Fluoride is everywhere in our modern lives and we have been pushed to believe that it is good for our teeth. But does that mean we also need to bathe in it and eat food that has been processed with it?
It is important to note that sodium fluoride (the form of fluoride added to our water and toothpaste) is one of the bi-products of manufacturing processes such as in the production of fertiliser.
The Natural News site has a great article on fluoride and bottled water. I highly recommend you check it out, it’s short.
Effects of fluoride
Some of the few are tooth decay, cancer, and loss of mental awareness.
Fluoride is considered one of the key components that are making our teeth worse.
Those of you that meditate will know of the third eye, or mind’s eye. This is commonly thought to be the pineal gland which sits exactly in the centre of the brain, in between the eye-brows.
The gland is responsible for releasing a hormone called DMT which is the bliss hormone associated with peacefulness, bliss and mental clarity. The pineal gland of people with strong control over their minds such as yogis has been found to excrete this hormone at high levels of concentration.
If this fascinates you, let me know, I love discussing about the amazing power of the human mind.
Fluoride has been found to be depositing and calcifying around the pineal gland, rendering it useless.
Government conspiracy? This is outside the scope of this blog but just keep in mind that it could be doing your body harm.
It is important to note that fluoride does not evaporate so boiling water leaves a fluoride residue and over time increases in concentration.
As much as I hate today tonight, they actually have a great video on fluoride which you can watch here.
It is difficult to get away from fluoride in our society. It really is everywhere. You would have to install special filters in your home and never eat or drink out. Or move to some remote country.
But there is a way to reduce your level of intake. Swap black tea for green tea, reduce processed food intake, and the biggest culprit; change the way you think about toothpaste.
It is part of one of the most well known and shared daily ritual. We start and end our day by brushing our teeth.
We brush our teeth with toothpaste.
What does toothpaste actually do, I mean have you actually stopped and considered what is inside this stuff we use so often?
Have you even wondered why we use toothpaste?
To be honest with you, I haven’t, until I found enough research to convince me about fluoride. The more I have uncovered about fluoride, the more I began to doubt toothpaste and considered either to stop using it completely or using toothpaste without fluoride (preferred option).
The mouth is made up of very absorptive tissues and absorbs a lot of what we put into our mouth. This is even before it has even hit our stomachs.
Most of us are brought up knowing not to put dirty things into our mouths, yet we are happy to put toothpaste into mouth.
We assume it is safe and good for us.
This is because that is what we have been told for as long as most of us can remember. It has been promoted by our parents, teachers, doctors, dentists, and is constantly shown on TV.
Function of toothpaste
Toothpaste supplements brushing to clean our teeth. That’s it. Its function is secondary.
Plaque is a sticky film that builds up on our teeth as we eat. This hardens and becomes tartar.
Plaque is removed by the act of brushing (just the brush, no toothpaste) and flossing the teeth.
To put it simply, toothpaste is made up of 3 main components:
- Abrasive component;
- Antibacterial component;
- Fluoridation component.
The abrasive component adds that extra bit of brushing power to help your brush remove the plaque before it becomes tartar.
It is essentially the sandpaper to your teeth that remove a slight bit of enamel and therefore polishes it.
The antibacterial component removes bacteria from your mouth.
The final component delivers chemicals that are supposed to strengthen the enamel such as fluoride.
Put them together and that is basically what toothpaste is.
Do you need toothpaste?
No you don’t. I am no dentist, so make your own judgement but there are many dentists out there that will provide you with the same information.
Of course there are also many dentists that will refute this. But remember that the dental industry is influenced by the mouth medication industry (toothpaste and mouthwash in particular) as much as the medical industry is influenced by the pharmaceutical powerhouses.
Just think about a piece of research. If it is has received financial backing by a party that would be affected by the outcome of the research, would you still trust the information it portrays? It is like a fast food company funding “independent” research into the fast food.
Straight away that research is biased and is no longer independent so you have to be careful and critical when ingesting it.
Many cultures with fine teeth did not use toothpaste but made brushes out of twigs and branches.
Many fibrous vegetables and fruits such as apples also serve as a brushing agent and clean the teeth as you eat.
If you did not brush your teeth, did not eat fibrous vegetables and fruits, and simply smeared your toothpaste over your teeth, I bet your plaque and tartar will build up like crazy.
It seems that nature all around us has provided us with the means for proper bodily function and care at every angle, yet we ignore her. Remember the quote from the 2,000 year old Roman philosopher I mentioned here?
He knew it that long ago.
Make your own!
Let’s get this straight. I am not saying don’t brush your teeth and don’t go to the dentist. On the contrary.
I encourage brushing and visiting the dentist. Brushing removes the plaque and visiting the dentist for checkups and scaling is really the only way to remove tartar build up. But I am sceptical of modern toothpaste and fluoride treatment and am concerned about the effect of fluoride.
So how about making your own toothpaste? That is exactly what I am going to do. After coming across a great recipe here, I’m going to try making some today.
Its simple all you need is:
- 1 part coconut oil;
- 1 part baking soda.
The coconut oil is a great natural antibacterial agent. The baking soda is a mild abrasive. It is also alkaline so will neutralise the acidity leftover from our food which can cause tooth decay.
Another thing you can do is chew some mint leaves after you brush. Mint is another great antibacterial agent and will leave you with that minty taste that most associate to cleanliness (thanks to mint tasting toothpaste).
Keep it in a small glass jar and wash your brush with hot water to prevent the coconut oil from solidifying in the pipes.
Lets sum it up
Phew that was a long one. I am really glad you read all the way to here (you did right?). At this site I am all about challenging the status quo and making you ask yourself why you think the way you think, which makes you eat the way you eat.
I found out about fluoride a few months ago and am endeavouring to minimise my intake of it. Even if you are not as concerned as I am, consider making your own natural toothpaste.
The tissue in the mouth is very absorptive. If we are being careful with what we put into our stomachs, let us also be careful with what we put into our mouths.
What are your thoughts on fluoride? Let me know.