Brushing our teeth is an essential part of our daily routine, helping us to maintain good oral hygiene, protecting our teeth from decay and our mouths from oral diseases. There are a wide variety of toothpastes on the market offering dazzling smiles and whiter than white teeth, but apparently dry brushing is just as effective as using toothpastes. Plus, many toothpastes containing abrasive ingredients, that can actually damage the tooth enamel, such as silica. Other typical ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and triclosan have been identified as irritants. SLS can damage the protective mucosal lining of the mouth and triclosan targets friendly and unfriendly bacteria in the mouth, making users more susceptible to infections.
Most people associate fluoride with healthy, clean knashers, but this potentially toxic substance has been linked to dental fluorosis and a range of health problems including: underactive thyroid, diabetes and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
I typically use a ‘natural’ toothpaste, but I was surprised to see that despite the absence of fluoride and triclosan, it still contains silica.
If you want to avoid toothpaste, but are apprehensive about going cold turkey and dry brushing the Soladey Ionic Toothbrush, from Japan, could provide a solution. Invented by Dr. Yoshinori Nakagawa, this light activated toothbrush contains a titanium ionic conducting rod, which runs through the replaceable bristle head and into the handle. Apparently, the light activated rod, when exposed to any source of light, converts the light into negatively charged ions, which are released into the mouth, blending with saliva to attract positive hydrogen ions from the acid in the dental plaque on your teeth. This acid is then neutralised and plaque is disintegrated. Toothpaste is not necessary because your saliva is the active ingredient. The head is replaceable, so the toothbrush and rod can last you a lifetime (if you look after it properly).
If you think this sounds nuts, clinical studies conducted in Japan have demonstrated the benefits of using ionic toothbrushes to control dental plaque. The Soladey Ionic Toothbrush is now available in the UK, so if you fancy avoiding potential toxins in toothpastes and saving some money, why not give it a go.