Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Toothpaste - Peppermint or Orange

Made with a base of coconut oil. This doesn't taste like traditional toothpaste (it's better:). We don't use sugar  or flouride in our toothpaste. * Please note coconut oil melts at body temperature - so keep it cool. No sunny windows or tucking it in a pant pocket for the day. Will stay solid at room temperature. Good for up to 3 months.

Price: $3.00 travel size OR $6.00 large (temporarily out of large - travel size still available)

Why would you want to avoid Flouride:
Have you ever read your toothpaste label? It probably reads something like this “WARNINGS: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek PROFESSIONAL HELP or contact a POISON CONTROL center immediately.” (taken from Crest Sodium Flouride Anticavity Toothpaste). If you look in to it a "brushing amount" is the size of a pea.

Fluoride is a pollutant - a by-product of copper, iron and aluminum manufacturing. The problem of how to legally dispose of fluoride was solved in the 1930’s when a study (funded by one of the country’s largest aluminum companies) concluded that fluoride prevented tooth decay. The FDA lists fluoride as an “unapproved new drug” and the EPA lists fluoride as a “contaminant”.  Fluoride has never received “FDA Approval” and is considered to be a toxic waste product from the fertilizer industry. In 1990 forty US dentist brought a case against the American Dental Association contending that the Association purposefully shielded the public from data that links fluoride to genetic defects, cancer and other health problems (Columbus Dispatch, Oct 21, 1990). Since 1990 over 45 US cities have rejected fluoridation. Ninety eight percent of Europe’s drinking water is now fluoride free.  A CANADIAN GOVERNMENT REPORT FOUND FLUORIDATION DOES MORE HARM THAN GOOD.  SILICOFLUORIDES ARE LINKED WITH CHILDREN’S INCREASED LEAD ABSORPTION

The following are common ingredients found in toothpaste: hydrated silica, sorbitol, sodium saccharin, titanium dioxide, glycerin, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, and sodium fluoride. Hydrated silica is made from a crystallized compound found in quartz, sand, and flint and is primarily used as an abrasive in toothpaste. 
  • SORBITOL & SODIUM SACCHARIN sweeteners and used as carriers and sweeteners in toothpaste.
  • TITANIUM DIOXIDE  a pigment used for providing brightness and whiteness to such products apaint, plastics, food, and cosmetics; used as a stain remover/whitener in toothpaste.
  • GLYCERIN a sweet, colorless liquid obtained from fats and oils and used as a solvent, antifreeze, plasticizer, and sweetener in the manufacture of dynamite, cosmetics, liquid soaps, inks, and lubricants.
  • SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS) is a powerful surfactant (wetting agents) and detergent. It has industrial and cosmetic uses and is used around the world in clinically studies as a skin irritant. The molecule is small enough to penetrate the skin and can enter the blood stream being carried to every organ of the body. SLS is used in toothpaste as a foaming and cleansing agent.
  • SODIUM FLUORIDE is a colorless crystalline salt used in fluoridation of water, in treatment of tooth decay, and as an insecticide and disinfectant. Sodium fluoride is used in toothpaste to harden the enamel of the teeth to prevent tooth decay.

Although there are proponents that warn against the use of all of the above ingredients, sodium fluoride is the one ingredient that triggered the FDA to require warning labels on toothpaste.

  • If you live in an area with fluoridated water, drink distilled water. (the Yukon does NOT have fluoride in its drinking water).
  • Eliminate Teflon  cookingware,  scratches in the surface will release PTFT, another toxic fluoride compound.
  • Avoid using toothpaste or mouthrinse containing fluoride. It is especially important for children to use fluoride free toothpaste since they are more likely to swallow some while brushing their teeth.
  • Avoid all non-organic grape products as they are especially high in fluoride content due to the number of fertilizer and pesticide applications. Wine can contain up to 3ppm fluoride.
  • Stop smoking, fluoride has been  found in cigarettes.
  • Be wary of tinned fish and canned food items. Fluoride may be used as a preservative.
  • Avoid long term use of medication that contains fluorine. Certain antidepressants and medications for osteoporosis contain fluorine.
  • Minimize consumption of mechanically-deboned chicken. Mechanically deboned chicken (e.g. “Chicken McNuggets”) has been found to contain elevated levels of fluoride due to the incorporation of ground bone particles (which are high in fluoride) into the meat.

Take advantage of it  and only buy locally grown and raised produce and meat that hasn’t been contaminated with Fluoride
Our Stuff:
  • Coconut Oil: Oil acts like a cleanser.  When you put it in your mouth and work it around your teeth and gums it “pulls” out bacteria and other debris. Coconut Oil will naturally whiten teeth and freshen breath. Coconut oil is being studied for its anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial health-protecting properties. Coconut oil also stops tooth decay.
  • Sodium Bicarbonate: Sodium Bicarbonate based toothpaste penetrates the crevices of teeth but is less abrasive than other kinds of toothpastes because the small crystals are pearl shaped not sharp. When a toothpaste is nonabrasive, it is gentler on tooth enamel. Other cleaning agents such as toothpastes containing silica are more abrasive and can wear down the teeth. It will also neutralize acids inside the mouth and helps to freshen breath and is known to help remove stains from teeth.
  • Myrrh: Myrrh is widely used in Germany to treat throat, mouth and gum inflammation. Myrrh’s antiseptic properties help treat gingivitis and loose teeth, as well as help get rid of bad breath or halitosis. Applied directly to teeth, myrrh can also help ease the pain of toothache.
  • Peppermint Oil: Mint oil is widely used in toothpaste because, the antiseptic properties of peppermint oil, fight bad breath and germs in the teeth and gums. Peppermint oil is also widely used to cure toothaches.
  • Orange Oil: Orange oil inhibits microbial growth and is an effective stain remover without being abrasive. 
  • Clove Oil: Clove oil is antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral. The most prominent use of clove oil is in dental care. The germicidal properties of the oil make it very effective for relieving dental pain, tooth ache, sore gums and mouth ulcers. Clove oil contains the compound eugenol, which has been used in dentistry for many years. The characteristic smell of clove oil helps in removing bad breath. Clove is also effective against cavities.
  • Stevia: Stevia is a herb which is commonly used as a natural sweetener. Individuals who cannot tolerate sugar or other sweeteners can use stevia. Stevia also inhibits the growth of some bacteria and infectious organisms, including those that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Aloe Juice: Aloe vera juice is made from aloe vera gel. It is one of the aloe vera products that can be taken internally. It acts as an antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agent.


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