Toothpaste With Tulsi | Dr Mercola | Cool Mint | 85g
Are You Being Kept in the Dark About Your Toothpaste?
Today’s most popular toothpastes, including many ‘natural’ brands, contain a brew of inadequately tested, potentially hazardous ingredients. Even if you’re careful to avoid swallowing, potential carcinogens, irritants, and hormone mimickers can slip into your bloodstream every time you brush.
Listed below are the benefits to all the ingredients in Dr Mercola's toothpaste, all of which have been tested for heavy metals and organic volatile impurities.:
- Calcium Carbonate – Highly purified mild abrasive for cleaning.
- Xylitol – Prevents dental caries and helps reverse early caries. Derived from non-GMO corn sources, so it’s not genetically modified.
- Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice – Helps clean your teeth and gums while soothing your entire mouth.
- Kosher Vegetable Glycerine – Promotes smoothness and taste.
- Kosher Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) – Promotes whiteness and helps freshen breath.
- Lauryl Glucoside – Helps blend oils and water. Sourced from coconut.
- Organic Tapioca Starch – Used traditionally in the West Indies for oral health.
- Cellulose Gum – Helps make toothpaste thick and creamy.
- Cultured Dextrose – Enhances flavor and mouth-feel. Acts as a preservative. Non-genetically modified and produced by natural fermentation using starter cultures.
- Zinc Oxide – For whiteness.
- Organic Stevia Leaf Extract – Provides sweetness. Enzyme-treated to reduce unpleasant metallic taste.
- Glycyrrhizic Acid (Licorice fruit extract) – Promotes oral health and freshens breath.
- Organic Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil – Promotes clean teeth and gums, and helps reduce normal plaque accumulation.
- Organic Ocimum sanctum (Tulsi Holy Basil) Leaf Oil – For cleansing and keeping breath fresh.
- Natural Cardamom Mint flavor
Did you know the inside lining of your mouth – your oral mucosa – can absorb more than 90 percent of what it comes in contact with?
This means any ingredient in your toothpaste, including a potentially hazardous one, is likely to pass directly into your bloodstream.
So what kind of chemicals are we talking about? It’s not easy to know.
Manufacturers don’t have to list all the ingredients on their packaging, including potential carcinogens and impurities.
What’s in YOUR toothpaste?
Here are listed ingredients for one of the top-selling toothpastes:
- Sodium Fluoride - A poison that accumulates in your bones and tissues
- Triclosan - May affect your thyroid, brain, and reproductive functioning
- Hydrated Silica - A component of sand that can damage your enamel
- Glycerin - Sourced from a genetically engineered vegetable oil
- Sorbitol - A sugar alcohol that’s likely genetically engineered
- PVM/MA Copolyme - Can potentially break down your mouth lining
- Sodium Lauryl Sulphate - A gastrointestinal irritant and potential carcinogen
- Propylene Glycol - A tissue accelerant used in antifreeze
- Sodium Saccharin - An artificial sweetener
- FD&C Blue No.1 - Petrochemical dyes that are allowed in toothpaste, but banned from food
- D&C Yellow No.10 - Petrochemical dyes that are allowed in toothpaste, but banned from food
Red is for roses – Not for toothpaste!
Many top-selling toothpastes contain dyes, especially those marketed to children. Some parents claim their kids are more likely to brush if the toothpaste is pleasing to the eye.
Here’s what you need to know about dyes used in toothpaste:
- They’re mostly made from petrochemicals
- They may contain as much as 10 percent impurities, either from the chemicals used or from by-products formed during the manufacturing process
- They can contain heavy metals like lead, mercury, and arsenic
- The three most widely used dyes, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, are contaminated with known carcinogens
- D&C dyes are banned from use in food but are allowed in toothpaste
How about ‘Natural’ toothpastes – Are they any better?
Just as the word "natural" doesn’t mean anything with food, it’s just as meaningless with toothpaste.
And since toothpaste isn’t regulated, there’s no guarantee that a "natural" toothpaste won’t contain potentially harmful ingredients.
Unless toothpaste is labelled organic or specifically states “No GMOs or Genetically Modified Ingredients,” there is always the possibility that some of the ingredients may be genetically engineered, especially those made with GMO-corn.
The secret ingredient for a sparkling smile – and healthy gums
Instead of using potentially dangerous ingredients, Dr Mercola turned to botanicals to provide cleaning of teeth and gums and whiteness.
One in particular, Holy Basil, or Tulsi, has held their attention for many years as an outstanding overall tonic for health. Dr Mercola believe it’s one of the finest medicinal herbs ever discovered.
Evidently, people in India agree. As part of an ancient custom, family members worship the plant and illuminate it with lamps twice a day.
To this day, Holy Basil plays an essential role in worship ceremonies. People believe it protects them from evil and brings good luck.
As for oral care, Tulsi is an exceptional mouth freshener and cleanser, and helps support a beneficial balance of healthy mouth flora. It also helps prevent dental caries while it soothes your mouth.
While Refreshing Mint Toothpaste With Tulsi contains several excellent plant extracts for cleaning teeth and gums, fighting caries, and freshening breath, in my opinion, Tulsi is the crowning glory.
DISCLAIMER: This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All information provided on this site is for educational purposes and should not be construed as medical advice.