Tooth care: what if we went organic?

We often forget that our teeth, dressing our smile, catch the eye and say a lot about us. Hence the importance of paying special attention to them and especially of preserving them from any substance potentially detrimental to our health. How to choose your toothpaste and mouthwash?

Véronique Deiller

This is probably our most spontaneous, almost instinctive, beauty ritual since it has been with us for years ... One, two, three times a day, brushing teeth not only contributes to our oral hygiene, but also to our well-being. A sparkling smile, a sparkling breath and it is all our esteem that is boosted within a few hours.

When toothpastes make us wince

However, this seemingly harmless gesture could have potentially dangerous consequences on our health. At issue: controversial substances in our toothpaste, starting with triclosan. "Triclosan is a very powerful bactericide commonly used in conventional toothpastes," says Didier Thevenin, director of Melvita's international training. to the elimination of dental plaque, but also preserves the toothpaste.However, it is a known endocrine disruptor, which should soon be as disparaged as parabens. And for good reason: triclosan is suspected, like other substances present in our daily products, to promote such precocious puberty or male infertility ... And unfortunately, it is far from the only substance to encourage us to store our traditional toothpaste in the closet. PEGs or PPGs, potentially irritating emulsifiers or emollients that can promote skin absorption of certain carcinogens, and EDTA, a chemical stabilizer, are often added to a long, uncomfortable list. Just like some parabens and SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), an irritating surfactant, to name just a few ...

A sensitive area, easily damaged ...

If the inventory of toothpaste has nothing to envy to other care that rhythms our rituals, it is the specificity of the gesture that should today encourage us to be cautious. In fact, brushing is not only very common, but it affects a particularly sensitive area: the oral sphere, starting with the gums and the tongue. "The gums are in themselves particularly permeable, but brushing often creates moreover micro mucosal lesions that can promote the absorption of these substances, "he continues.

An organic toothpaste for a healthy smile

Fortunately, there are several simple ways to clean up our smile.The first reflex: to favor a certified organic dental care (Ecocert®, Cosmébio®) or Slow Cosmetique® whose reference systems exclude synthetic, petrochemical or plastic ingredients, often incriminated in sanitary polemics. The second: no longer be seduced by the promises of whiteness, but rather transparency and safety. For this, a glance at the label of our care is enough. To avoid:

- the mention triclosan, obviously, but also the other names under which it can appear (TCL, Lexol-300, Irgasan, Lexol-300, Cloxifenolum, etc.)

- the substances referenced in capital letters (PPG, PEG, EDTA, SLS), almost always polemical,

- all ethoxylated ingredients, usually surfactants. Highly polluting, these substances are identified by their ending in "-eth".

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