Search This Blog

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

whats in toothpaste. is fluoride safe for us?

 Is flouride safe, and what can we use to substitute to prevent cavities?  Check out this video I found about fluoride and its dangers.

When our children are little the, Dr.s tell us not to use any toothpaste with fluoride in it because they dont know how to spit yet and it's not good for them to swallow it!!! If you think about it why isn't it safe and what makes it safe when they are older and for us as adults to then, swallow it??
So we go and buy a training toothpaste, such as this one in the picture because it has no fluoride in it but if you take a look at the ingredients there are also a bunch of "stuff" that is not good for them either. Here's some of whats in this Orajel tooth cleaner for kids:
water, sorbitol(chemical sugar substitute), propylene glycol, and a bunch of parabens(cancer causing). In other words....junk!!

So what can we use in place of fluoride for ourselves and our children that will be effective in preventing cavities? I use this brand  for my kids, its called SPRY and they love it! Heres the ingredients in this one:

Purified water, Xylitol, Calcium glycerophosphate, Cellulose gum (thickening agent), and Grapefruit seed extract (as a preservative).

Spry has an entire line of products for adult and children available at health food stores! Heres some info on xylitol (main ingredient in spry products):

What is xylitol?
    Xylitol is a sweetener that occurs naturally. It can be found, for instance, in berries, fruit, vegetables and mushrooms.
How does xylitol differ from other sweeterners?

Chemically speaking, xylitol is not actually a sugar, but a sugar alcohol. It differs from other sweeteners such as sorbitol, fructose and glucose because the xylitol molecule has five, instead of six, carbon atoms. Most bacterias in mouth are unable to make use of such sugars. This is one reason why xylitol helps prevent caries.
Xylitol is much sweeter than sorbitol, for instance. Assessed in terms of calories, its sweetening power is the same as that of sucrose. It is also similar to sucrose in its technical and nutritive properties. Xylitol is an important supplement in the preventation of dental caries, and everyone interested in healthy teeth should be familiar with its properties and effects.
In terms of dental health, it is good to increase the salivary flow rate as often as possible, i.e. to secrete what is called stimulated saliva. The faster the saliva flow, the greater its buffer capacity, that is, its power of resisting the drops in saliva pH and thus in plaque pH.
In stimulating saliva secretion xylitol increases the amount of saliva in the mouth. At the same time it increases saliva's initiate chemical capacity for reducing the harmful effects of bacteria.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, I just  wanted to share some alternatives for you and your family's toothbrushing needs!!