Cutting out toxins however possible has been my main focus in trying to live the healthiest lifestyle that I can. One product that has a lot of toxins in it is toothpaste. Conventional toothpastes contain toxins as; triclosan, fluoride, and sodium laureate sulfate (SLS). Triclosan is an antibacterial pesticide that can lead to antibiotic resistance. It is also an endocrine disruptor, which can cause the growth of various cancers, low birth weight in babies, fetal bone malformations, and the early onset of puberty in girls. Fluoride is a neurotoxin, which studies have shown to cause a serious form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma. Fluoride has also been linked to kidney damage, debilitation of the endocrine system, hypothyroidism, and cognitive damage. SLS is a chemical which has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation, and endocrine disruption.
Fortunately, there are other options out there. There are all natural toothpastes that do not contain any of these toxins. However, if you want something completely organic and trustworthy you can always make your own coconut oil toothpaste. Some benefits of making your own coconut oil toothpaste is that it doesn’t contain any chemicals, it is effective in killing cavity-causing bacteria, there are no harmful foaming agents, it is inexpensive, and it is easy to make.
Coconut Oil Toothpaste Recipe
- 1 small jar
- 6 Tbs baking soda (cleans and whitens teeth)
- 2 packets of organic stevia or xylitol (fights tooth decay)
- 40 drops of peppermint oil
- 6 Tbs organic, cold-pressed coconut oil
- 4 tsp glycerin