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

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.

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.

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. 

Cancer & Homeopathy by Dr Jean-Lionel Bagot

The treatment of cancer has made enormous progress in recent years, yet sufferers frequently have to endure numerous side effects, taking a serious toll on their quality of life.

Dr Jean-Lionel Bagot and his team in Strasbourg have been very successful in treating the various side effects of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery and hormone therapy for many years. With homeopathy as supplementary treatment, these side effects, as well as other problems resulting from the illness itself, can be noticeably reduced.

In this definitive work Dr Bagot describes systematically and in detail which homeopathic remedies have proved effective for particular side effects – including nausea, sensory disturbances, loss of hair, mouth ulcers during chemotherapy, fatigue and pain after surgery, psychological problems, a weakened immune system, and skin irritation caused by radiotherapy.

Dr Bagot sees four thousand cancer patients a year and therefore has great experience and expertise in this area. His advice is very specific and to the point. For each type of chemotherapy, he offers targeted homeopathic guidelines to combat the side effects of each particular medicine.

Homeopathy is shown to be the perfect complement to conventional treatment. The book is written in an accessible style with user-friendly recommendations. It is an invaluable tool both for patients and for physicians.

”This book is a gold mine of practical advice to deal as well as possible with the toxicity of conventional treatments and to cope with daily life."
Professor Gilles Freyer, Oncologist, Lyon Sud University Teaching Hospital, France.

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Thanks Dr. Bhapkar for these valuable information.
Dr. Anand, Good formula sir!
Really true Dr. Anand, Salt with a bit of mustard oil is very good tooth brush preparation.
Hello everybody,

..whatta topic!!!! Boiron's toothpaste is also harmful? or there is a very good one ALOEICE (Italian and expensive due high amount of Aloe Vera in it), which is very efficient in case gingivitis and also can be used for Homeopathic treatments. What about these Homeopathic toothpastes?

For sure the natural Miswak is perfect.

Here are some other practices:

1. Teeth Whitening Ayurvedic and Home Remedy Methods

It is not wrong to say that the teeth are indicators of the beauty of the face. Even top actors and actresses undergo dental cosmetic surgeries and whitening procedures in order to increase their 'face' value. A person with yellow or brown teeth is looked down upon. Hence it is extremely necessary to take proper care of teeth.

The mouth is the seat of the kapha dosha. Hence, care must be taken not to vitiate the kapha dosha. Problems with the kapha dosha lead to several oral and dental problems, including the loss of whiteness of the teeth.

However, many methods are known to the Indian science of Ayurveda by which a person can get the whiteness of teeth back. There are also methods to maintain whiteness of teeth. Many of these advantageous methods are mentioned in this article, with some other tips and pointers.

(1) Useful Herbs for Whitening of Teeth

1. Babul (Acacia arabica)

The importance of babul in whitening of teeth cannot be expressed in words. It is so much important in Ayurveda for this purpose that the ancient Indians used nothing but the twigs of the babul (the other tree used for this is neem) as disposable toothbrushes. The tannin present in babul is effective in increasing the whiteness of teeth.

2. Banyan (Ficus religiosa)

The aerial roots of the banyan can also be used as disposable toothbrushes. The banyan roots have astringent properties, which not only make the teeth whiter, but also make the teeth and gums healthier.

3. Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)

The leaves of the holy basil are dried in the sun and powdered and used for brushing teeth. The leaves help in maintaining dental hygiene and make the teeth whiter. Apart from the whitening properties, holy basil is also used for protection from problems such as pyorrhea (i.e. bleeding of gums).

4. Margosa (Azadirachtha indica)

The neem tree, or the margosa, is a traditional remedy for having white healthy teeth. Neem twigs are used by several Indians even today as toothbrushes. Neem oils contain astringent and antiseptic properties to fight bad breath, kill microorganisms accumulated on the teeth and to combat dental caries and cavities.

(2) Dietary Methods for Whitening of Teeth

In order to keep the teeth clean and white, pungent, bitter and astringent foods must be included in the daily diet. These tastes have an astringent effect on the teeth which helps to maintain them clean. They also take care of the excess buildup of plaque on the teeth, which makes them lose their pearly white color.

Sugary foods in any form are bad for the teeth. Chocolates are also not good. If you do consume such foods, you must remember to wash your mouth thoroughly with strong gargles so as not to leave any sweet residue in the mouth.

Avoid excess tea and coffee. These beverages contain strong alkaloids which can stain the teeth. The same is applicable to smoking. Almost every person who smokes will lose the white coloration of the teeth. Chewing of the paan (betel leaf), as is done in several Indian regions, is also disastrous to the whiteness of the teeth. This habit can stain the teeth cream, yellow or even a dirty shade of rust brown.

(3) Ayurvedic Methods for Whitening of Teeth

Ayurveda provides many kinds of toothpaste and toothbrushes for maintaining white healthy teeth. One of them is toothpaste made by mixing a paste of holy basil leaves with mustard oil. The neem and babul twigs are used as toothbrushes. They are rubbed vigorously on the teeth (sometimes with charcoal also) in order to remove all the plaque accumulated on the teeth and to make them whiter.

(4) Home Remedies for Whitening of Teeth

1. For teeth that have lost their white color, prepare a mixture of charcoal of babul wood, roasted alum and some rock salt. Rub this on the teeth instead of using the conventional toothpaste. You will have white and long-lasting healthy teeth.

2. You can try using sodium bicarbonate regularly each morning as a toothpowder instead of toothpaste. Sodium bicarbonate replenishes the lost mineral content of the teeth, which helps them to regain their whiteness.

3. Strawberries, tomatoes and amalaki contain good vitamin C content. These can be directly applied on the teeth. Vitamin C helps in removing the plaque on the teeth and makes them whiter.

4. Rub an orange peel on the teeth every night before going to sleep. The vitamin C of the orange peel will combat with the microorganisms all through the night.

5. Take adequate measures of dental hygiene. Brush your teeth after every meal, or at least in the morning and before going to bed. While brushing your teeth, take care to sweep out all the embedded food particles. This is the most natural way to keep your teeth white and healthy.

2. Home Remedies for Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

teeth whitening or bleaching the teeth has now become a beauty appeal. Getting the sparkling teeth and smile on your face is very easy now. Tooth bleaching or whitening is a treatment for getting stain-free teeth, and steps for teeth whitening aims at removing plaques, stain from teeth (caused due to improper care, wrong eating and drinking practices) using various treatments.

1. Causes for Teeth Whitening
2. Symptoms for Teeth Whitening
3. Home Remedies for Teeth Whitening

Causes for Teeth Whitening

* Excess coffee, beverages, tobacco, and tea make your teeth yellow.
* Poor brushing of teeth causes decay and yellowing of teeth.
* Infections, hereditary reason, climate condition, and high dosage of antibiotics lead to discoloring of teeth.
* Emotional shock and any physical damage also cause teeth yellowing.
* Old age and improper metabolism of the body also contribute to discoloring of teeth.

All the above cause for teeth discoloring needs a proper teeth whitening treatment. Home remedies for teeth whitening provide a solution of all the above problems.

Symptoms for Teeth Whitening

* Teeth with gray, brown, black and yellow stains are generally observed which looks ugly.

* White strips present in the teeth caused because of the high fluorine content (common source is drinking water).

* All this symptoms indicates problem in the teeth and need a proper teeth whitening treatment to keep your teeth white, bacteria free and free from plaque.

Home Remedies for Teeth Whitening

There are various chemical-based teeth whitening product available today, but they are not effective for teeth whitening and result in the damage of teeth in the long run so try the natural home available product and see the difference. Their can be little irritation in the gums in some cases, but it will not harm your mouth and teeth. You will feel satisfied with its result and it will come in your budget .

Mixture of baking soda (half tablespoon), vinegar (half teaspoon), and pinch of table salt is effective for removing teeth stains and to keep your teeth white and bacteria free. This is one of the best home remedies for teeth whitening.

Homemade natural teeth whitening powder of basal (tulsi) leaves and the dried rind of orange---Take dry 15-20 tulsi leaves and dry rinds of one orange, mix them well and use this as tooth cleaner.

Take a half tablespoon baking soda and mix one-two drops of hydrogen peroxide in it. You can use this homemade teeth whitener for couple of days in a week. This teeth whitening paste will remove stain from your teeth. Their can be little irritation in the gums in some cases, but it will not harm your mouth and teeth. This is one of the important home remedies for teeth whitening.

Mixture of baking soda and home used iodine rich salt is also used as a natural teeth cleanser. Take baking soda one teaspoon, mix a pinch of salt in it and use this natural homemade teeth whitener. This is an effective home treatment for teeth whitening.

Crushed walnut act as a natural cleaner for teeth and prevents teeth yellowing, and keep your teeth white and bacteria free.

Take two-three strawberries grind it and make it into small pieces. Use this as a teeth whitening paste. This is one of the important home remedies for teeth whitening.

The Rind of orange fruit which has teeth whitening properties is also used for teeth whitening. Rub the inner portion of the rind of orange and see its effective result in one week.

Brushing the stained teeth using sage (salvia) leaves makes the teeth sparkly white. Sage leaves (salvia) are also used in various medicines for relieving Teeth Whitening problem, sweating problem, and many others. One of the useful home remedies for teeth whitening.
Dos and don’ts

Avoid staying in hot atmospheric condition.

Try to sit in a resting position for long hours by keeping your feet up; this reduces teeth whitening.

Take a good amount of sleep at night; this also reduces teeth whitening. Take proper rest and stay in cool and normal temperature.

Wear soft and comfortable cotton cloth.

Sleeping or resting in one direction of your body (side turn) and keeping your legs raised using soft cushion reduces swelling of feet.

Do some breathing exercises everyday this helps in normal and safe delivery of the baby.

Drink lots of water as it keeps the skin hydrated and disease free.

Avoid tight elastic stockings and shocks.

Do not eat food items having excessive table salt content.

Massage your feet and hand for 5-10 minutes. This relaxes you and reduces teeth Whitening.

Light walking and relaxing in the sofa that supports the leg of pregnant women is a good option for reducing the teeth whitening.

Wear comfortable footwear to avoid foot pain.

Relax your feet by keeping it in the luke warm water for 10-15 minutes. This also reduces swelling.

Avoid tea, coffee, and heavy physical activities during pregnancy as it reduces the swelling of feet and ankles.

Do not smoke or drink alcohol during pregnancy.

Beautiful teeth bring confidence in your smile so take good care of it. You should be careful while going for any teeth whitening remedies. Your teeth are rich in calcium minerals any harm made to the teeth means a great loss.

Eat iron rich and calcium rich foods as they keep the teeth strong, white and prevent teeth discoloring or yellowing.

Avoid excess sugar, tea, coffee, and deep colored soybean paste as they give stain in the teeth.

Excess consumption of antibiotics is harmful for teeth and gives a stain.

Eat guava, carrot, apple, sugarcane, sprouts, and cucumber fruits to prevent yellowing of teeth.

Drink plenty of water as it makes your skin hydrated and removes plaques from your teeth.

Eat green and fibrous vegetables to keep your teeth white and bacteria free.

Eat strawberries and fruit salads as they keep the teeth white.

Using citrus lemon for teeth whitening is not a good practice because it damages the teeth.

Do not scratch the stain using nails of your fingers.

Proper brushing with good brush in the morning and at bed time is a must for maintaining teeth and preventing it from discoloring or yellowing.

Avoid alcohol and hard drinks to keep your teeth white and bacteria free.

Note: Inborn stain, artificial teeth stain are not removed by teeth whitening or bleaching.

Take care of your teeth and try the above mentioned home remedies as they will definitely bring your lost sparkle of the teeth back.

3. Herbal Care of Teeth and Gums
Thank you so much Dr. Viktor, Tis' amazing. You have given wonderful and elaborated information. Where were you till now? Thanks again with due regards....
Dear Viktor. We are so pleased to have you join this conversation. One of the items above made me cringe. Have you ever eaten orange peel, not the candied orange peel. It literally burns my lips. I can't imagine taking some before I went to sleep at night. I do love the orange aroma therapy and the snappy fragrance of opening an orange, but applying to teeth, I would be hesitant to try.
Dr. Sayed, I support your opinion...

Please ref Materia Medica of Boericke, reprint of 1988,page: 295 Fragaria (wood strawberry) is said to remove tartar from teeth, has anyone from our community have tried Fragaria? I could not get it in the local homeo pharmacy.

Not till now, shall try to get this...

I cannot comment on whether the average commercial toothpaste can affect the workings of a homeopathic remedy.  My speculation is that it could as quite often toothpaste has a mint flavor to it in addition to all the chemical additives mentioned in this article.  What I can do is share the ingredients I use to make my own toothpaste.  I don't use a recipe but have seen some natural recipes out there for anyone who requires this.  What I use is unrefined organic virgin coconut oil, baking soda(preferably aluminum free), sea salt(or pink himalayan salt), neem powder(or paste), and myrrh essential oil.  Myrrh essential oil(Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, analgesic, anti-infectious, antiviral, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, astringent and tonic) is exceedingly great for any kind of oral health issue.  The neem, salt and baking soda are slightly abrasive and good for helping to remove plaque - they also help add body to the coconut oil.  I make it in small batches and keep it in a cool place as the coconut oil will tend to liquify at slightly warmer than room temp.  It could still be used even if melted a bit(and it's easier to initially mix it when it is slightly warmed and soft.)  One can adjust the levels of baking soda and salt according to how abrasive you might like your toothpaste to be.  When I make it next, I will try to create a more specific recipe, but I encourage anyone to try making their own.  It's so much cheaper than buying toothpaste, is SO much better for your oral hygiene and is fluoride-free.

That is great. Thanks..


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