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Do The Ingredients Of Toothpaste Not Hamper The Action Of Homoeopathic Remedies?

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF TOOTHPASTE
The ingredients of toothpaste, when used in tandem with tooth brushing, aid in oral hygiene goals such as plaque removal, decay resistance, promotion of remineralization, tooth cleansing and polishing, tooth stain removal, and breath freshening. The solid phase of the paste (a blend of agents) is typically suspended in a polyalcohol (e.g., aqueous glycerol or sorbitol) via a suspending agent. Also called dentifrice, toothpaste is composed of the following cleaning ingredients (in approximate volume percentages):


• humectant and water, 40 to 70
• buffers/salts/tartar control, 0.5 to 10
• organic thickeners, 0 to 12
• abrasives, 10 to 50
• actives (e.g., triclosan), 0.2 to 1.5
• surfactants, 0.5 to 2
• flavor and sweeteners, 0.8 to 1.5
• fluoride, 0.24

Detergents and Abrasives
The two major ingredients are the detergents and abrasives. Detergents create the foaming action we associate with brushing with toothpaste, aiding in the retention of toothpaste within the mouth. Sodium lauryl sulfate is a detergent used in nearly all toothpastes to clean the surface of the teeth by acting as such a foaming agent. Detergents loosen food particles and other debris and aid in the movement of the abrasive across the gums and teeth surface. 

An abrasive typically consists of hard, very fine insoluble particles that act as scrubbing agents to remove stains and plaque as well as polish teeth. Nearly all modern toothpaste contains mildly abrasive hydrated silica particles (e.g., orthosilicic acid and disilicic acid). Other abrasive agents incorporated include calcium carbonate, dicalcium phosphate, and alumina trihydrate. The level of abrasivity is of paramount concern because the tooth-paste must be abrasive enough to help remove stains and dental plaque without damaging tooth surfaces.

Humectants Add Texture
Humectants provide toothpaste texture as well as moisture retention properties. Glycerin, sorbitol, and water are common humectants. Xylitol is an uncommon but superior humectant that has also been shown to enhance the anticavity action of fluoride. 

Thickening Agents
Thickeners also help create the texture of toothpaste and include agents such as carrageenan, cellulose gum, and xanthan gum. 

Taste Enhancers
Flavoring agents and sweeteners (e.g., sodium saccharin) improve the taste of toothpaste, while coloring agents (e.g., titanium dioxide, white color) provide toothpaste with agreeable colors.

Preservatives
In addition, toothpaste may also contain preservatives (e.g., sodium benzoate, methylparaben, ethylparaben) that prevent the growth of microorganisms, thus eliminating the need for refrigeration. 

History of Toothpaste
The development of toothpaste began as long ago as 300/500 BC in ancient countries of China and India. During the years 3000/5000 BC, Egyptians made toothpaste from powdered ashes of hooves of oxen, myrrh, powdered and burned eggshells, and pumice. In AD 1000, Persians added burnt shells of snails and oysters along with gypsum. In eighteenth century England, a tooth-cleansing “powder” containing borax was marketed in ceramic pots. By World War II, toothpaste was marketed in laminated tubes. 

Introduction of Fluoride
In the 1950s, the scientific research findings that fluoride treatment led to dramatic reductions in dental cavities resulted in the widespread introduction of fluoride into toothpaste. Many toothpastes are currently fluoridated with three compounds (e.g., sodium fluoride, sodium monofluorophosphate, and stannous fluoride) to give greater protection against tooth decay. Saliva serves as a reservoir for calcium and phosphate, which along with fluoride remineralizes tooth enamel. The human mouth may contain more than 500 types of microorganisms, including aerobic and anaerobic bacteria and fungi.

What About Plague?
Nearly immediately after a tooth cleansing, the teeth may be coated with a thin film (pellicle) derived mainly from saliva containing polysaccharides, fats, and proteins. The pellicle may be colonized by bacteria, and thisforms a gel-like substance called plaque. The plaque provides a scaffold for bacteria to grow and metabolize carbohydrates, producing organic acids that may demineralize tooth enamel and underlying dentin, eventually forming dental caries (cavities). Normal tooth enamel contains hydroxyapatite [Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2]. An exchange reaction occurs in the presence of fluoride ion to form fluoroapatite [Ca10(PO4)6F2], which is much more resistant to enamel-destroying acids produced by carbohydratemetabolizing bacteria.

Antimicrobial Agents
Some toothpastes contain ingredients (e.g., triclosan, xylitol, and stannous fluoride) that act as antimicrobial agents, chemically hindering the growth of plaque and gingivitis (gum inflammation)-causing bacteria.

Inhibiting Tartar Growth
Recent improvements in toothpastes involve tartar (calculus) control. Tartar (mainly calcium phosphate [Ca3(PO4)2•H2O]) deposits on teeth as plaque hardens and can only be removed mechanically by a dental professional. Thus, tartar control toothpastes containing such active ingredients as sodium or potassium pyrophosphate (Na4P2O7) only slow the formation of tartar by inhibiting particular bacterial enzymes. 

Baking Soda Added
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate [NaHCO3]) is often added to toothpastes to act as a mild abrasive and to neutralize oral acids originating from the decomposition of food materials. 

Desensitizing Toothpaste
Some desensitizing toothpastes may work to minimize the pain of tooth hypersensitivity when hot or cold foods are ingested. Two effective ingredients in treating sensitive teeth and gums are strontium chloride (SrCl2) and potassium nitrate (KNO3), which block the sensation of pain via nerve transmission from such teeth to the central nervous system.

References-
CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF EVERYDAY PRODUCTS by John Toedt, Darrell Koza, and Kathleen Van Cleef-Toedt

Now, my question is—do these ingredients of toothpaste not hamper the action of Homoeopathic remedies?

LINK TO PART TWO: Natural Remedies for Healthy Gums and Teeth. Teeth Whitening

It is well known by now that the health of the mouth indicates the health of the living organism. The beginning of digestion and the immune system begin with this organ. The foods we ingest contain spiritual energy as well as nutritional energy. We use our mouth to speak, communicate, taste, touch, sing, make sounds, chew, ruminate and much more. When receiving chemotherapy ulcers appear in the mouth, the tooth enamel deteriorates, it becomes difficult to swallow, the skin dries and cracks, inflammation increases, and many other symptoms. 

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Thanks Dr. Anand. Regards. When we brush the teeth with toothpaste, trituration like process may start due to rubbing and may do something?
We had a live HWC chat about this thought provoking discussion.
DEBBY: Not sure I understand your question. Are you saying that if the remedy is taken before brushing teeth that we will be triterating it in the mouth?
RAJNEESH: Thank you so much I accidentally found those details about toothpaste and shocked to learn that..

DEBBY: Not all toothpastes have all those ingredients. I do not purchase fluoride toothpaste.

RAJNEESH: The crude substances used in paste may be triturated in mouth ,,, may be.....

DEBBY: My brand has little ingredients.For a good while I only brushed with baking soda and hydrogen pyroxide. You are saying that daily brushing may, in fact, be mechanical tritutation of these ingredients?

SAYED: But these adv? on kid oriented toothpastes keep haunting

DEBBY: If what you are saying is correct, then we are getting potentized fluoride and calc phos and other ingredients? or no?

RAJNEESH: Yes, that is what I want to say.. we are using some Homoeopathic remedies without need, regularily.

SAYED: I have seen 90 to 95 years old people still have intact teeth here in Kerala. When asked they say we use MISWAAK only, that is neem, tea tree oil.
Thanks Debby to put the live chat over here...
Toothpaste is actually a mixture of several chemicals. Like other substances such as mouthwash, tonics, food articles, Tobacco products, beverages, spicy articles etc., it may affect the action of our medicine when taken together. Therefore, it is better to take the medicine before using such items. A dynamic medicine will not have any chemical action with these substances, but they can at least act like a barrier. Hence, the mouth should be free from such materials. Ask the patient to gargle the mouth with pure water (he can also use brush without tooth paste as told by Dr K.S.A) before taking the early morning dose.

If brushing causes trituration, then, we should not cradle the babies after breast-feeding, because, it can also cause potentization of milk in the stomach! It will never happen, because the process is not continued here. Just by grinding or shaking a crude substance, there may be production of some charges, but it lasts for a fraction of seconds. And here the quantity of substance is not decreasing in relation to the vehicle.
I cannot see how toothpastes can be titrated in our mouths. Naturally, we must use only health supporting products in and on our bodies. I find the old fashioned indian tooth care very interesting.
Dr. Tikva, I am not sure if the toothpaste could be triturated in moth. This is only a point which may exist... Regards.
This thought kept mulling in my mind. If we are chewing food, are we not triturating also? I see that this process of brushing for 2 minutes morning and night, day after day in a routine could imply taking in these substances to the system. As Dr Rafeeque says, these are crude substances within the natural cavity of the mouth meant for processing foods.

When taking a remedy at a higher energy level that touches the mucus membranes the action is different.

We need to be more concerned, not about trituration, but about the crude substances themselves. That we are not taking in detrimental chemicals, such as fluoride or sodium lauryl suphate.
That's correct. But repeated action for long time, like toothbrushing may do something. mastcating and chewing food are examples of the fact as the taste increases with chewing as the more surface of mucosa comes into contact with more and more fining of food stuff by chewing....
By continuous chewing, taste increases, because, the starch present in the food is converted into glucose by the action of Salivary amylase enzyme present in the saliva. Prolonged chewing can also initiate gagging in certain people when the contents become more slimy.
But this is applicable to starch only.
Dear Dr. Rafeeque, Regards. When we brush the paste in our mouth, the small quantity of the paste gets mixed with saliva and is continuously being diluted along with mechanical frictions.....
Sylodent A polishing agent found in silica will not hamper the action Of Homoeopathic Remedies. Any toothpase made from fine particle of animal bones (Maximum toothpastes are made of this material), which contain so many things such as oxytocin, steroids etc. produces bad effects on Homoeopathy.

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