I saw this interesting article in the Toronto Star Online Edition, about reducing/eliminating toxic products in everyday hygiene items. Here's the teaser quote:
Istick my nose deep into Marika Goode's armpit and inhale. She's right. She doesn't stink. Not bad for a woman who hasn't purchased deodorant for a year. Her breath smells minty. And her hair is voluminous and shiny. She hasn't bought toothpaste or shampoo for a year either.
How does she do it?
"I'm going to make you some toothpaste," says Goode, 47, setting a white mixing bowl on her kitchen counter. "Do you like spearmint or peppermint?"
Although, I like what she is doing, a warning needs to be let out on the toothpaste side, especially concerning people with sensitive teeth. Baking soda is an abrasive that might make sensitive teeth even more sensitive after use.
As always, when using a particular item we all have to weigh the pros and cons and come up with a decision on whether there is a net benefit. (By the way, the greatest impact in cleaning your teeth is not your toothpaste or toothbrush but the time spent brushing...2 minutes/twice day is great)
Source: Porter C, Porter: How a Family Reduced its Toxic Footprint, Toronto Star Online, March 24, 2010, Read on March 24, 2010, http://www.healthzone.ca/health/newsfeatures/article/784935--porter-how-a-family-reduced-its-toxic-footprint?bn=1
Hans Skariah, B.Sc., DMD
Promenade Court Dental Health Group in Mississauga
2233 Hurontario St., Mississauga, ON, Canada
(1/2 km north of the QEW in the Dome Building)