We put a lot of things into our mouth, day and night. The mouth is the gateway to our stomach and intestines. From there the nutrients we take in are transferred to our other bodily components, like blood and organs.
But just as we take in nutrients through our mouths, we also take in bad bacteria. Sometimes we even ingest poisons and toxins (remember the last time you got food poisoning?). So when we brush our teeth, it makes sense to use toothpaste that contains healthy, natural ingredients that our bodies will love, as opposed to chemicals that, while they may whiten our teeth, end up making us feel sick.
OraBliss created a natural toothpaste infused with CBD, Bentonite Clay, Aqueous Zinc, and other natural, anti inflammatory ingredients that not only leave our mouth and teeth feeling healthy, they don’t cause any bad side effects to the rest of the body. But what I’m most interested in is what they DIDN’T put in their toothpaste. There are several ingredients they left out that are present in normal, name brand toothpastes, but that can actually cause a lot of harm in your body over time.
Let’s talk about the ingredients that CBD toothpaste by OraBliss DOESN’T contain that make it better than name brand toothpastes.
You’ve probably heard of this one. That’s because fluoride in toothpaste is a controversial subject.
Fluoride comes from a naturally occurring element called fluorine. It has been scientifically proven to reduce tooth decay. So the water authorities in the United States decided to start mixing it into city water as a remedy for dental issues. Not a big deal, right? Well, a lot of popular toothpaste brands also put fluoride into their toothpaste. That’s a lot of fluoride going into your mouth and being incidentally ingested.
When you’re exposed to too much fluoride, that’s where you can start to experience serious problems. According to Medical News Today, researchers have found multiple potential side effects of fluoride, including a bone disease called skeletal fluorosis, thyroid issues, and neurological problems.
You already ingest a somewhat safe amount of fluoride through the tap water in your sink. To prevent fluoride poisoning, it’s wise to cut back on other sources, like your toothpaste. That’s why OraBliss’s CBD toothpaste is completely fluoride-free.
This is another familiar ingredient. You may have seen different companies, including OraBliss, proudly advertise that their products are paraben-free. The reason why it’s such a hot topic is that research has shown that high amounts of paraben can lead to the development of cancer.
If you wear makeup often, you probably put a lot of parabens onto your skin. If it’s present in your toothpaste, that’s another source. Once again, there is evidence that being exposed to a high amount of parabens has the potential to cause cancer to form in your body. Any substance that can cause such a drastic side effect is not one I’d like to put in my mouth, especially if there is already a healthy alternative toothpaste out there.
This is one I hadn’t heard of before doing some research into the ingredients that OraBliss purposefully left out of their toothpaste. Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent. When used in toothpaste, it obviously works to prevent bacterial growth and infections in your mouth. Sounds great, right?
Actually, no. The FDA issued a rule in 2016 that companies who make antiseptic products (like hand wash) that contain triclosan can no longer market their products. Why? One reason is because researchers can’t find that triclosan has any real helpful effects. Another reason is it might actually encourage the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Not exactly a good thing for something that is supposed to prevent infection, not the substances that fight infection.
So at best, triclosan does nothing for you and is a useless ingredient in your toothpaste. At worst, it will make it harder for your body to fight off bad bacteria and infections. The choice to purchase a toothpaste that doesn’t contain triclosan is pretty easy from this standpoint.
Sorbitol is an ingredient that we have to question why we need it in our toothpaste. It doesn’t seem bad or potentially harmful, but it also doesn’t have that many benefits, either.
Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol. It’s included in toothpaste to make it taste a little sweet and therefore better on our tongues. It’s a better alternative to regular white sugar for diabetics because sorbitol doesn’t spike their blood sugar. It doesn’t cause cavities, either. It also prevents constipation.
Wait, what? Constipation prevention in a toothpaste?
Yes, you heard that right. Now, regardless of what you think about that, research shows that ingestion of too much sorbitol can actually cause bloating and diarrhea. So if you take sorbitol in your drinks or desserts, then turn around and use a toothpaste that contains sorbitol to clean your teeth, you’re ingesting quite a bit of this substance. Diarrhea is a potential, irritating side effect.
And for what? To make your toothpaste taste better.
Sorbitol is not exactly a harmful ingredient in toothpaste. But to be honest, it seems kind of useless, and the potential side effects are rather unpleasant to say the least. This is another ingredient OraBliss doesn’t use in their CBD toothpaste that I’m happy to avoid, as well.
The Choice Is Yours
The choice is up to you when it comes to what toothpaste you want to use. Just keep in mind: your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. Consider using healthy, all-natural products like OraBliss CBD Toothpaste for an all around healthier, happier you.