This is What Happens to Your Teeth When You Use This Toothbrush
Though it seems perfectly normal to rub chemicals across our teeth with plastic instruments, it wasn’t always so. Long before toothbrushes and toothpaste, people used rough cloths and water to clean their teeth.
Toothbrushes are among those products that contain PVC plastics and are used several times a day by people all around the world. Therefore, if toothbrushes contain a significant amount of phthalate, they could be very dangerous and harmful.
Phthalates are chemicals found in everyday products and PVC plastics, mainly because of their ability to enhance flexibility and durability. Phthalates could have many negative effects on individuals based on their daily exposure to these materials.
Phthalates, a family of industrial chemicals used to soften PVC plastic and as solvents in cosmetics and other consumer products, can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system — particularly the developing testes — according to animal studies.
What are the potential health impacts of phthalates?
DIP is listed as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” by the National Toxicology Program.
DEHP causes liver cancer in laboratory animals and the Environmental Protection Agency considers it a probable carcinogen.
The National Toxicology Program also concluded that high levels of DINP may adversely affect human reproduction or development.
High levels of exposure to DIP through the use of medical tubing and other plastic devices for feeding, medicating, and assisting the breathing of newborn infants may affect the development of the male reproductive system, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Other human and animal studies have found links to birth defects, decreased sperm counts and damaged sperm, increased risk of developing behavioral problems, premature birth, and respiratory difficulties in children with bronchial obstruction (such as asthma).
Indeed, according to Dr Joseph Mercola, there are many natural ways to avoid cavities: avoiding sugar, soda of any kind and refined carbs; getting plenty of Vitamin D; coconut ‘pulling’ and of course, gentle brushing with a natural toothpaste – preferably on a natural toothbrush.