Doctor has said until now, to purchase toothpaste with fluoride for kids to avoid teeth decay… is this true?
After having made some research our reply is that it depends whether the natural source of the water that we drink is already rich in fluoride, but for sure it is not true for kids toothpaste, as this can have bad consequences: Fluoride is the 13th most abundant element on the earth’s crust, is a chemical ion of the element fluorine – fluoride has one extra electron that gives it a negative charge. A syhthetized version of this element has been added for years to drinking water and toothpastes “they” say it reduces the prevalence of tooth decay in the local population… In the early 1930s, scientists found that people who were brought up in areas with naturally fluoridated water had up to two-thirds fewer cavities compared to those who lived in areas where the water was not fluoridated. Most of the countries in Europe which do not have water fluoridation did not find that their incidences of dental cavities increased. In Germany and Finland, for example, decay rates either remained stable or continued in their downward trend after they stopped adding fluoride to their drinking water.
Excess fluoride exposure may come from the following sources:
• Public water fluoridation
• Abnormally high concentrations of fluoride in natural fresh water
• Dentifrice/fluoridated mouthrinse. Young children may swallow it.
• Untested bottled water
• Inappropriate use of fluoride supplements
• Some foods
There are a number of fluoride-free toothpastes produced by organic and natural companies. In lieu of fluoride, these pastes use mint oils or herbal extracts, such as sage or neem, to protect teeth.
Have you ever heard about Triclosan and Sodium lauryl sulfate? You will need to learn to read labels…
Natural toothpastes contain no artificial chemicals, preservatives or sweeteners. Most natural products also do not include triclosan, an agent found in antibacterial soaps and sanitizers. According to the FDA, triclosan is found in some toothpastes, as it is effective at preventing gingivitis and tooth decay. Although triclosan it is not harmful to humans, the FDA has launched a review of its safety. Animal testing has shown that the compound can affect hormone regulation and increase bacterial resistance to antibiotics. It has already been banned in European Union nations.
The ingredient list for conventional toothpaste features more complex additives. Sodium lauryl sulfate, which creates the foaming and lathering effect of toothpaste, is a corrosive chemical that may burn human skin, cause liver inflammation and irritate the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory system or gastrointestinal tract, according to its material safety data sheet. This ingredienti f very commonly found in body wash, creams and every other cosmetics. Whatch out!