You will be surprised to learn how many dangerous chemicals are present in your favorite toothpaste! If you read the label, you will see that it says not to swallow the toothpaste, and it’s due to a very good reason. In case you have accidentally swallowed some, the manufacturers put a poison center number on the packaging which you must call for help!

Many medications are sublingual, meaning that you need to put them under your tongue in order for them to enter the bloodstream easier and faster. However, most people are not aware how dangerous can commercial toothpaste be.

Toxins in toothpaste

  1. Polyethylene Glycol

This is a common ingredient in commercial toothpastes, but it’s also used as a common plastic for packaging different everyday products.

  1. Triclosan

This harmful substance is added to toothpaste due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties. It’s also used in pesticides and considered hazardous to aquatic life. According to studies, triclosan can stimulate the growth and development of breast cancer and can also cause problems in your cardiac and skeletal muscles.

  1. Fluoridated water

This is a powerful neurotoxin which can easily pass the blood-brain barrier. It is associated with many types of cancer, and extended exposure to it can lead to significant nervous system damage. It can impair the blood flow to the digestive system and cause damage at a cellular level in the mouth and liver tissues.

  1. Lauryl sodium sulfate

Lauryl sodium sulfate is classified as surfactants and often used as a detergent and emulsifier. It is often found in shampoos and body washes and can accelerate development of colon cancer.

  1. Sorbitol

This substance is a sugar alcohol which is used as a replacement for sugar in toothpastes. Swallowing it can cause gas, bloating, nausea and osmotic diarrhea.

  1. Diethanolamine

This is an emulsifier used in toothpaste to make them foam. However, diethanolamine is also a dangerous substance that can disrupt hormones and form cancer-causing nitrates, which in turn leads to liver and kidney damage.

DIY Toothpaste

Natural homemade toothpaste is better for your health, and can be made easily. It is far cheaper than conventional toothpaste, and eliminates the risk of ingesting hazardous substances. It can be a fun way to teach your kids about natural products for oral hygiene and give them a sense of accomplishment. Here’s how to prepare it:


2/3 of a cup of baking soda

1 teaspoon of ground organic sea salt

10 drops of essential mint oil (or 1-2 teaspoons of mint extract)

Filtered water

You can use any organic or essential oil for flavor. A fruit flavor is probably better suited for kids, while the mint flavor is for adults.

This recipe will provide 5 ounces of homemade toothpaste which should be stored in a glass container with a tight sealing lid. Combine all the ingredients well without the water, then add a few drops of it until you get the right consistency.