What toxic ingredients are in your toothpaste and mouthwash?
What do you know about the ingredients in your oral hygiene products?
Oral Essentials is here for all your informational needs…
Being a company created by two world-renowned dentists, we are really big into facts, and ingredients with evidence based benefits. We do NOT like mouthwash/toothpaste ingredients that are toxic and have harmful side effects, like dry mouth, or are proven carcinogens.
Before we start laying the facts on you, let’s start with one simple concept that will help you understand just how vital what we’re about to say actually is!
WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR MOUTH, WHETHER YOU SWALLOW IT OR NOT, MOST DEFINITELY HAS AN EFFECT ON YOUR BODY.
Without this key piece of information, most of what we might shed light on might seem unimportant. I mean, you swish some mouthwash around in your mouth for a minute, then you spit it out and that’s it, right? Wrong!
Think about it this way; if you’re having a heart attack a doctor will recommend putting nitroglycerin tablets under your tongue. The reason according to NCBI (The National Center for Biotechnology Information) is because drugs take just minutes to absorb from the oral cavity to the mucosal tissues, making it the best way for this blood vessel opener to get rapidly to work.
With that KEY piece of information here’s the facts on what’s probably in your oral hygiene products.
Believe it or not, most mouthwashes contain alcohol as a cheap preservative and to create that stinging sensation that most people associate with cleaning. However, this is a gimmick, and there is an overwhelming amount of research that shows that you really don’t want alcohol anywhere near your oral care products.
The alcohol used in most mouthwashes is denatured alcohol, also called methylated spirits or spiritus. It is ethanol that has additives to make it poisonous, extremely bad tasting, foul smelling or nauseating to discourage recreational consumption. This is why we chose not to have alcohol as a mouthwash ingredient.
Some leading formulas have over 26% alcohol. We know… that’s a lot!!!
Have you ever seen a clear mouthwash? Most people haven’t. Next, we have to ask, in a culture obsessed with keeping their teeth as white as possible, why would you rinse your teeth with a bright blue or green mouthwash?! The reason that mouthwash is fluorescent blue or green is not because of the mint in it. It’s because of an artificial dye, and those artificial dyes are yet another gimmick to make customers associate the product they’re looking at with cleanliness.
Artificial dyes are pleasing to the eye, and consumers can easily identify the flavor based on the color they see, but they actually have no benefit whatsoever, and over the years many artificial colors have been banned in the US and the world over due to adverse reactions to them, e.g., Red #2 was banned in the 1970s because it caused intestinal tumors in rats.
The FDA has theorized that certain individual’s reactions to artificial coloring may be similar to that of an allergic reaction to a food. Either way, if the only reason they’re being used is so they’re prettier to look at, we decided to skip them all together, and go for a pretty blue bottle instead.
Preservatives come in many forms. As we’ve mentioned previously, many companies use alcohol as a preservative. More and more you’ll find fluoride in cereals and other common foods. They prevent spoilage and bacteria growth. We can’t really disagree with that, except we’ve read far too many studies from other countries linking preservatives with all kinds of stuff we simply can’t mention here.
The good news is, there’s more than one way to keep your product from spoiling, and one of those ways is pasteurization. So, that’s what we do. We heat up our products to keep them fresh for you, as opposed to adding something to them to do that.
We say, the less manmade ingredients in your mouthwash, the better.
This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone, but it’s not a good idea to add sugar to your oral care products. Not to hit anyone over the head with the most obvious information ever, but sugar is just bad for your oral health.
We use Xylitol in Oral Essentials products, which is an interesting ingredient. Xylitol containing foods “may reduce the risk of tooth decay.” That may not seem very exciting to you, but it’s REALLY exciting to us.
This is what the Xylitol website says about its product:
“Xylitol is a naturally occurring carbohydrate, that looks and tastes just like regular table sugar. It is a natural sweetener that can be extracted from any woody fibrous plant material… Xylitol also occurs naturally in our bodies – in fact, an average size adult manufactures up to 15 grams of xylitol daily during normal metabolism.”
We do NOT use sodium saccharin. It is very hard to find a mainstream oral care line that doesn’t use sodium saccharine to sweeten their products. It’s pretty much in everything. Sodium saccharin is a petroleum based sugar substitute.
It is approved for use in oral hygiene products, but we’re going to avoid it if you don’t mind.
SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS)
SLS is a synthetic detergent (meaning it makes bubbles). We hope we don’t have to say much more other than, though it is used in a lot of shampoos and toothpastes, it is also used in engine degreasers and floor cleaners. Hmm…no thanks!
Oral Essentials uses Time Honored Ingredients such as Dead Sea Salt, Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, and Essential Oils to uplift your oral health care routine. We pride ourselves on having “None of the Junk” - and Just the Essentials in our oral care products!