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It can be easy to overlook the quality of the products that go into our oral care routine. Considering that these products are designed to help our pearly whites remain in good health, you may be surprised to learn what ingredients are actually lurking in conventional toothpastes.
According to Dr. Mercola, there are several harmful ingredients you should look out for:
Triclosan: This endocrine-disrupting chemical has been linked to cancer.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): This foaming agent has been linked to skin irritation and painful canker sores.
Artificial Sweeteners: Artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, are often added to commercial toothpastes. This substance is made up of chemicals, such as methanol, which has been found to induce headaches, nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances and other health issues.
Fluoride: This chemical is commonly used by dentists to protect your teeth from decay. However, it is actually toxic and hazardous to your health, having been known to cause neurological and endocrine dysfunction.
Diethanolamine (DEA): This substance is a known hormone disrupter and has been linked to cancers of the stomach, liver and bladder.
Since research has found links between oral health, inflammation and diseases that affect the body, practising proper oral care is essential to maintaining your overall health.
One of my favorite botanical substances for this is Carbon, also known as Activated Charcoal.
Carbon, or it’s more common name, Activated Charcoal has been around for thousands of years. It was even used by Hippocrates and Pliny in their day.
Activated Charcoal, derives it’s name from the process of taking the charcoal which results from the activity of controlled charring of the starting material (usually Willow Bark, aka Salix alba), and subjecting it to an oxidizing gas, i.e. air or steam, at elevated temperatures (which enhances the absorptive power of the charcoal by developing an extensive internal network of fine pores in the material).
Carbon is 100% alkaline and is spinning with electrons making the substance highly electrical. Carbon’s negative ionic charge attracts positive ionic charges (of toxins and poisons) causing them to bind and then escorts them out of the body via the eliminative channel of the intestines.
This majestical substance helps to heal all colon diseases and greatly benefits the intestines. Carbon will greatly counteract flatulence (gas) and help to eradicate foul odors in the colon or intestinal tract.
Using Carbon to Whiten Teeth and Remove Plaque
No chemical teeth whitening solution or product on the market comes close to the whitening and brightening action and power of Carbon.
I remember a friend of mine, a Native American woman, told me one day how her teeth became and stayed so white. She told me accounts of when she was a little girl growing up, her father used to burn plant matter and after the plant burned to black ashes or became charred, the father would take the ash residue and give to his family and they would take a little on their finger and brush against their teeth.
I used to always wonder how ancient people took care of their teeth without toothbrushes. But these people had Carbon, Miswak (or Peelu) and licorice sticks to use for oral hygiene.
To use Carbon for your teeth, all you have to do is put a little toothpaste (natural, of course) on your toothbrush, then dip it in some Carbon, add just a little bit of water, and begin to brush. Your mouth will be black due to the Carbon and your sink may get messy, but one thing I can assure you is that your teeth will get a good cleansing and a good shining.
Charcoal is not just an effective teeth whitener. Wellness Mama also chimes in on this idea:
Further research I’ve done on this showed that activated charcoal can actually be helpful in changing the pH and health of the mouth, and as such is effective in preventing cavities and killing the bad bacteria present in tooth decay and gingivitis.
Remember to avoid using any and all commercial brands of toothpaste to avoid the harmful effects of their toxic ingredients.
No substance removes acidic plaque from the teeth like Carbon. It will greatly clean your teeth and help to remove stains on the teeth (especially stains derived from drinking coffee).