It might be a better question to ask if we are overusing chemicals in our lives generally.  However, certainly putting chemicals directly into the body on a regular basis needs to be given serious consideration.

The mouth seems to have become a target for a cocktail of various chemicals in toothpaste and some of these chemicals have been shown to be associated with disease in the animal model.  A good example is a chemical called Triclosan.  It is a chemical that is commonly used as an antibacterial in toothpaste and has been associated with gut and liver damage as well as osteoporosis.  This is something that people need to be informed about so that they can decide if they wish to take that risk especially if they suffer from bone or digestive disorders.

Advertising of products leaves much to be desired and often is not transparent, ignoring problematic issues in favour of creating the desire to purchase in the population.  This could be seen as less than honest and indeed manipulative.  It hard to see how this is a caring attitude to health and products that are supposed to support our health.  The message here is to be aware and not buy into the clever advertising.

Personally, I no longer use chemicals in my mouth care.  I use coconut oil as an aid to brushing and as a mouthrinse in line with a very ancient Indian tradition of healthcare called Ayurveda and am very happy with my results longterm.  Please read my book ‘Something to Chew On: A Mouth Map To Health’ to understand the full holistic preventive approach.  You can buy this as an ebook much cheaper at this site!

Below are snippets of articles from an online magazine called DrBicupid which publishes up to date information on latest research.  The first is on coconut oil and I must admit that I was delighted to see that the oil rivalled the gold standard chemical antibacterial mouthrinse Chlorhexidine Digluconate.

June 20, 2019 — Oil pulling has been praised as a natural way to boost oral health, but does the science support the hype? The technique may rival modern medicine in at least some cases, according to research presented at the 2019 International Association for Dental Research (IADR) meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Oil pulling comes from the Ayurveda system of medicine and has been used in India for centuries. The technique involves swishing a tablespoon of oil, typically coconut or sesame, around the oral cavity. This motion allegedly “pulls” bad bacteria from the mouth, a claim scrutinized by the scientific community.

Researchers from India decided to test the traditional Ayurvedic technique against Western medicine in an examiner-blinded randomized clinical trial. In an IADR poster presentation, Shweta Sharda, MDS, a senior research fellow at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Panchkula, described how she and colleagues recruited 75 healthy subjects with plaque-induced gingivitis. One-third of the participants pulled with coconut oil, one-third used sesame oil, and the remaining third rinsed with 0.12% chlorhexidine.

After 30 days, all three groups showed improved plaque and gingivitis scores, the researchers found. The group that used sesame oil experienced a 12% reduction in gingivitis and plaque, while the coconut oil and chlorhexidine users experienced a 25% reduction.

“Oil pulling using coconut oil is found to be as effective as chlorhexidine in reducing plaque-induced gingivitis with no noted side effects,” Dr. Sharda concluded.

By Theresa Pablos, associate editor
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Study: Triclosan may increase colon cancer risk

By Tony Edwards, editor in chief

June 8, 2018 —

A low dose of triclosan exacerbated colitis-associated colon cancer and had other harmful effects in mice, according to researchers from the University of Massachusetts. They recommended that further research is needed to establish science-based policies for the regulation of this antimicrobial compound in consumer products. The study was published May 30 in Science Translational Medicine.

“These results, for the first time, suggest that triclosan could have adverse effects on gut health,” senior author Guodong Zhang, PhD, said in a release from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Zhang is an assistant professor in the department of food science.

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