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A Bright Smile Can Make You Feel Better Too


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When you decided to change your eating, sleeping and activity habits, you may have been looking in the mirror and decided you needed to do something with your hair? clothes? face?  your smile?  If you see stained, dull-looking teeth every time you smile, there are things you can do for yourself, and the good news, the treatments do not all involve "eating the enamel off of your teeth". 


I suppose you already know enamel does not come back.  Once it's gone; it's gone forever.  Enamel protects the teeth, and you do not want to lose that protection, nor should you, not even for brighter teeth.  If you want to use one of the commercial treatments, read the ingredients carefully because they host chemicals in abundance.  If you see chemicals, like those listed below, you may want to reconsider using a commercial product.


Sodium fluoride (SLS) or sodium laureth sulphate or simply "sulfate" is used for the lathering effect in toothpaste.  It can also be found in engine degreasers and garage floor cleaners.  It is known to be toxic to the human liver and kidneys, causes ulcers in the mouth and triggers outbreaks of eczema and other skin conditions.  It is also poisonous to fish.


Titanium Dioxide is a whitening agent that has been classified as a Group 2B carcinogen by the International AGency for Reserach on Cancer (IARC).


Parabens as Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Butylparaben and Propylparaben are sued as preservatives.  The paraben family of chemicals has been shown to disrupt the endocrine system, the network of glands in the body that regulates growth and sexual development through the release of hormones.  Parabens have been known to trigger contact dermatitis and are believed to increase the risk of breast cancer.


Triclosan is an antibacterial agent found in mouthwash as well as toothpaste.  The EPA has registered it as a pesticide that is toxic to humans and the environment.  When it comes into contact with the chlorine in tap water, chemical reaction takes place turning it into chloroform, a highly toxic and carcinogenic chemical.


FD&C Blue Dye No. 1 & No. 2 are artificial colorings synthesized from petroleum and have been known to trigger severe allergic reactions, asthma attacks and headaches in addition to being carcinogens that interfere with brain function.  Even though toothpaste is not swallowed, the absorption efficiency of the mucous membrane in the mouth is over 90% so these chemicals find their way into the bloodstream.


Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate (TSPP) is an anti-tartar agent.  It will not remove existing tartar and intended to prevent new tartar from forming on your teeth.


With all the foaming agents, abrasives, fluoride, whiteners, thickeners and other ingredients, why would anyone use commercial toothpastes at all?


 All of the chemicals listed will damage your teeth, but feel free to enjoy them while you may, and look forward to the teeth you have left in your old age looking pretty miserable.  Protecting your teeth early should be your main goal and beautifying them a long second. 


Should you decided to try out one of the whiteners sold over the counter, the real question is "how are you supposed to not swallow for 20 minutes while stuff is fizzing out of a plastic tray in your mouth?"


The package inserts speak more about reducing liability than educating the consumer on how to use the product effectively.  For example, "may irritate eyes" is vague and lacks directions on what to do if your eyes do become irritated.



 by the Healthy Home Economist, 18 December 2012


WARNING: This product is likely to contain coal tar, fluoride, aspartame, aluminum and benzene and has demonstrated acute toxicological effects in rats including, but not limited to, labored breathing, bloody urine, infertility and incontinence. 


Activated charcoal or activated carbon is made by processing charcoal with oxygen and either calcium chloride or zinc chloride.  It was used medically by both Hippocrates and the ancient Egyptians and is still used today in modern emergency rooms.


The reasons for using activated charcoal is that it's highly absorptive which mean it attracts substances to its surface like a magnet.  Activated charcoal is fussy about what it attaches itself to and is not interested in calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, inorganic phosphorus, potassium, sodium zinc and other compounds found on your tooth enamel.  It does, however, like tannins, the compounds found in coffee, tea (even herbal tea), blueberries, wine and spices like cinnamon that stain our teeth.  It also balances the mouth's pH and is even considered beneficial enough to be used in some tooth re-mineralization formulas, and are you ready for this???? The stuff works!  In one or two weeks, you can see the difference.  (see the recipe in the side column)





There are no recognized minerals that are not important for our teeth.  Two essential minerals to re-mineralize teeth are calcium and phosphorus.  Also recognized are magnesium, copper, iron and manganese as minerals that could significantly influence tooth decay.  Iron is the most common nutrient deficiency, and copper is the glue that holds tooth and bones together.  All the major, trace and ultra-trace minerals necessary to keeping tooth decay at bay are in New Vision Essential Minerals.  (see "A Complete Nutrition Plan" at the end of this website).


Vitamins are very important to healthy teeth as well.  Synthetic vitamins and foods, with synthetic vitamins added, offer little benefit to your body.  Synthetic vitamins are made with cheap substances and are not in a biochemical form that is easily absorbed by your body.  As a result, most supplemental vitamins do little good and put quite a bit of internal stress on our organs.  Hence, you are encouraged to avoid wasting money on cheap OTC vitamins and seek out vitamins that are whole foods.  There are a handful of good vitamin supplements on the market, and you should be looking for one that does not have any type of sugar added and is as close to nature as possible (from plants and herbs).  You will not find them in your grocery, pharmacy or most health food stores.  Healthy Alternatives has good supplements that we are proud to recommend.  (Again, visit "A Complete Nutrition Plan" for more details).


Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal does bind with iodine and may bind with other vitamins and minerals the body needs, so it is not usually recommended for internal use except when dealing with acute situations such as chemical or food poisoning.  Activated charcoal does not work in situations where the material ingested is caustic such as lye.


 Are You Concerned About Tooth Decay?


Dr. Weston Price's field studies in the 1930s showed that whole grains are connected to tooth decay.  Furthermore, despite the American Dental Association assertion,  bacteria is not the cause of tooth decay.

Dr. Price's conclusion, which has been proven over and over again through the years, is DIET.  White flour, refined sugar & vegetable fats are devastating to the health of our teeth and gums.


Dr. Price showed that natives who were not exposed to these damaging foods had no tooth decay while their neighbors, who were exposed to the western way of eating, had terrible tooth decay problems.


MINERALS are extremely important to preserving healthy teeth.  Visit our website to learn more about the importance of taking plant-sourced essential minerals or visit "A Complete Nutrition Plan" on this site.