It Starts with Floss.
USA Today published an article on Oral-B Glide floss potentially tied to levels of the toxic chemical family of PFAS in our bodies. Higher levels of one PFAS chemical was found in women who flossed with Oral-B, when compared to those who used another brand.
However, PFAS also are found in the lining of food packaging and most materials that are stain resistant, oil resistant or water resistant. Sigh.
The Danger Continues with Toothpaste.
Because of its ability to alter the composition of bacteria in our mouth, the chemical triclosan is added to toothpaste (along with a number of other potentially questionable ingredients.) In 1964, triclosan was developed as a component in detergent used for surgical scrubs, due to its antimicrobial properties. Thus, it’s also added to soap, shower gels, cosmetics, skin care lotions and creams, acne medication, deodorant, shampoo, ear plugs, combs, hair brushes… and on and on it goes.
Triclosan Messes with Hormones.
Unfortunately, triclosan has been detected in 81% of breast milk samples tested from the Mother’s Milk Banks in Texas and California. Unfortunately, triclosan has endocrine disrupting properties, altering levels of thyroid hormones, and estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels.
Wash Your Mouth after Using Mouthwash.
Chemicals are added to mouthwash, too. Chemicals that increase developmental and reproductive toxicity, and allergies. A list of the safest mouthwashes can be found here.
Make the Switch.
The Cornucopia Institute has done it again! Looks like they have discovered the safest toothpaste for us to use. The top “score” is 1200 and has 8 contenders. Some brand I’ve never heard of, but I will certainly check them out. How does your toothpaste rate? As for PFAS free floss? Cocofloss is said to be free of the chemical.