What’s in your toothpaste?

Despite fluorides almost celebrity status in the dental world, its safety is increasingly being questioned. Go Vita examines the facts.

The US Food and Drug Administration now requires a warning on fluoride toothpastes: “If more than the amount used for brushing is accidentally swallowed get medical help or contact poison control right away. Keep away from children under six years old.” It appears excessive amounts of fluoride may cause fluorosis, a mottling of white patches over the surface of developing teeth in children.

Sodium lauryl sulfate often added to toothpaste as a foaming and cleansing agent has also been questioned as some believe it can accumulate in tissues of the eye, liver and brain.

As the membranes in your mouth are one of the most direct routes to your blood, it doesn’t matter if you swallow the toothpaste or not. Incredibly, oral absorption into the blood stream is up to 90 per cent effective.

The good news is that Go Vita stocks a range of fluoride-free toothpastes with these tooth-friendly ingredients:

  • Calcium carbonate—a natural mineral that gently cleans your teeth
  • Xylitol—a natural sweetener that helps keep a neutral pH level in the mouth, preventing bacteria from sticking to teeth thus protecting teeth from decay.
  • Aloe vera—a natural fluoride alternative, effective in fighting cavities and easing gum inflammation.

Alcohol free mouth wash

In recent years, leading independent experts say there is now sufficient evidence to support claims that alcohol-containing mouthwashes contribute to the increased risk of oral cancer. Ask at Go Vita about alcohol-free mouthwash.