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Do Toothpastes Help or Hurt Your Teeth?

Most toothpastes are often just a cosmetic product with limited decay-preventive value. Pleasant flavored toothpastes seem to help motivate children and adults to brush. However, kids may be tempted to swallow the good-tasting stuff, and if it contains preservatives, saccharin, lead, colorings, or fluoride, they will receive a dose of a questionable or toxic substance. The fact that a tube of toothpaste contains a lethal dose of fluoride for a small child has been discreetly obscured from the general public’s knowledge.

And remember when toothpaste tubes stayed rolled up? Many of those tubes contain lead which the toothpaste absorbed and thus gave you an additional daily dose of lead every time you brushed. Until manufacturers furnish complete evidence that their products are effective and harmless, which should all refuse them.

Many dermatologists are aware that some of the additives in toothpaste can cause a rash or sores inside the mouth. Fluoride is particularly notorious in this respect.

The abrasiveness of toothpaste can help polish teeth, but too much abrasion will wear away the enamel and especially the root. Many of the gritty products sold as smokers’ toothpastes are overly abrasive. In time, they may actually cause yellowing of the teeth by wearing down the enamel. Gritty toothpaste should not be used around the root surfaces, since even the mildly abrasive products can damage this area. That does not mean you should not brush around the gums. I’d rather see a root worn down by brushing than rotted away by neglect. Wear is usually a minor problem but root decay can destroy teeth quickly. Baking soda should not wear away enamel, but if it is improperly applied, it can scratch the gums.

Other toothpastes contain bleaching agents that are supposed to whiten your teeth. Teeth can be whitened through the use of a mouth guard which holds the whitener against the tooth surface for several hours, but the topical application of a paste has only little effect on the brightness of teeth.

Several companies have advertised new toothpastes designed to prevent the buildup of tartar in the hopes that they will reduce gum disease. These tartar-control toothpastes apparently interfere with the remineralization of the teeth. There is little evidence at this time that the tartar itself is the cause of gum disease. It is but one of several factors that contribute to the spread of disease. Where root sensitivity is a problem, there are toothpastes designed to help remineralize root surfaces.

Why haven’t any reliable scientific studies been carried out to determine the comparative safety and effectiveness of the different toothpastes? Maybe because there is no money to be made from such a study. Maybe because large toothpaste manufacturers don’t want you to know that fluoride-containing toothpastes cause allergic-type reactions and gum damage and that a family-sized tube of fluoridated toothpaste contains enough fluoride to kill a small child.

Many believe the pronouncements and recommendations made by the American Dental Association and leading consumer magazines, but few realize that these organizations have not done the scientific research necessary to show safety. In fact, in many cases, just the opposite has been found – the products they have recommended have been shown to be unsafe!

For now, the most reliable approach is to use the common, time-tested agents: baking soda and salt, or a mixture of both with hydrogen peroxide.

Toothpaste is good to the extent that it encourages kids to brush. It is bad if it discourages dry brushing anywhere and anytime. Only a few commercial toothpastes are helpful in controlling tooth decay or gum disease. Feel free to brush without toothpaste; don’t get fixated on the idea that you must have it in order to clean your teeth.

Salt is an excellent alternative to toxic toothpastes. It’s been around since biblical times and even before. It’s all you need to freshen your breath, whiten your teeth, toughen your gums, cure gingivitis, and protect your enamel.

Here are a few tips on how to brush using salt:

1. Use sea salt if possible. Sea salt is naturally occurring and it isn’t processed. Table salt can have residual chemicals from the bleaching and refining process.

Sea salt has minerals in it like potassium and magnesium. You can also buy sea salt that’s iodized. We’re not getting iodine from our diet any more, and this is an easy way to increase your daily level.

There are many kinds of sea salt: Mediterranean, Himalayan, Pacific, and many more. They all have slightly different tastes. You can choose whichever you like best.

2. You can use table salt if you don’t have access to sea salt. But you don’t want it too fine. You need the abrasive action you get from coarser salt. On the other hand, don’t use salt so coarse it hurts your gums.

3. For extra breath freshening, chew on mint or spearmint. It’s easy to grow, or most grocery stores carry it. Chew on a leaf or two after brushing. Mint also has many health benefits; among them curing headaches and improving digestion.(7)

4. For extra whitening, once a week, mash a strawberry into a pulp and make a paste with the sea salt. Strawberries contain malic acid, which will increase the whitening effect of the sea salt.

Prevention is Key

The amount of decay is proportional to the length of time the teeth are in contact with sugar. Diet is very important.Decay germs grow faster and produce more acid to damage teeth if sugar is present. Any kind of sugar will do, even the sugar found in dried fruit such as raisins.

The germs that eat teeth are removed by baking soda. They can be washed away after soda is applied. The soda also helps neutralize any acid present.

Internationally published author Rami Nagel's book "Cure Tooth Decay", is based on the pioneering dental work of dentists Weston Price and Melvin Page.

He outlines six nutritional healing and cavity prevention programs:

1. The "best" mineralizing program for rapid tooth healing and for severe cases.

2. Dr. Price's original tooth mineralizing program that was over 95% effective on even severe cases of tooth decay.

3. Dentist Melvin Page's tooth healing program

4. The combined program, utilizing the cumulative wisdom of the most effective ways to stop cavities.

5. A vegetarian program for vegetarians.

6. A tooth decay prevention and mineralizing program for toddler's and children.

What's Wrong with The Modern Belief About Cavities

The "modern" theory of dental disease suggests that we have an almost total lack of power and responsibility concerning this condition. This theory then allows people to stay in their childish beliefs, which state that their behaviors in life have little to do with the amount of cavities in their teeth, or the state of their general health for that matter.

The modern system of dentistry has falsely led us to believe that tooth decay is caused by bacteria (identified as Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus acidophilus) and that bacteria ingest foods in the mouth and produce acid, thus causing the physical structure of teeth to erode. This theory then aims to control bacterial growth in the mouth as a treatment to prevent cavities. It can be summarized as follows:

1. You must brush your teeth all the time to eliminate these dangerous bacteria.

2. You must rinse your mouth with chemicals to eliminate more dangerous bacteria.

3. You must floss to eliminate the remaining bacteria and food particles.

4. When those three tactics do not work, you must have the bacterial infestations removed from your mouth by a dental drill, thus leaving your mouth free of bacteria.

5. When a dental drill cannot remove the bacteria and the bacterial growth progresses, the tooth root can become infected, which then requires a root canal filling. The solution to the infected tooth root is to first remove the top of the tooth and then clean the inside of the tooth with chemicals. Next, this traumatized tooth is filled with a synthetic material, leaving the inside of your tooth sterile.

6. Finally, when all those procedures fail to keep your tooth alive, from the supposed onslaught of bacterial invaders, the tooth must be removed and a fake tooth or no tooth is what remains.

By the time the sixth stage is reached, many people have spent thousands of dollars on dental care. But no matter how much money people spend on dentists and dental treatments, the real cure for cavities still seems elusive. It appears that not enough people have noticed that these methods for treating teeth do not cure the problem. Modern treatments do limit some pain and suffering, but if the basic cause of tooth decay is not addressed, your teeth will continue to decay. For the majority of us, there is another way to halt, prevent and even remineralize decayed teeth. For further insights on curing tooth decay visit the Cure Tooth Decay Website.


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