There are a million mouthwashes out there, and it’s not always easy to differentiate the good from the bad (and the ugly). Fortunately, the Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia (EHANS) has released a list of products that are healthy and eco-friendly. And wouldn’t you know it, TheraBreath’s oral rinses happened to make the list of the best mouthwashes!
EHANS’s list – somewhat formidably titled the “Guide to Less Toxic Products” – is exactly that: a list of consumer goods that do NOT contain toxins and harmful chemicals. If this makes you stop and wonder about the accuracy of their using the word “toxic,” don’t worry.
They are using it quite correctly.
Believe it or not, many of the substances found in typical, alcohol-based mouthwashes are technically toxic. That is, if these chemicals are swallowed – or more often, swallowed in large enough amounts – they can be quite dangerous. As you might imagine, this means that the best mouthwashes are by definition the all-natural, organic variety!
TheraBreath’s alcohol-free mouthwashes are a case in point. EHANS listed our oral rinses as one of just SEVEN of the best mouthwashes for your health, for the environment and for eliminating bad breath.
Our oral rinses use all-natural ingredients like xylitol, aloe leaf juice, sodium bicarbonate and menthol to quickly and safely eliminate oral odor and kill bacteria.
By contrast, other, harsher mouthwashes often contain some or all of the following toxic ingredients, according to HealthNewsDigest.com:
- Alcohol. It’s a toxin, and inferior mouth rinses often contain around 30 percent alcohol by volume. Not only is alcohol harsh on your gums and bad for the environment, but it doesn’t even work! Alcohol naturally dries out your palate, which gives bad-breath-causing bacteria the opportunity to repopulate your mouth in a matter of hours.
- Formaldehyde. No joke: Some mouthwashes contain trace amounts of the same stuff that’s used to embalm corpses. The EPA states that formaldehyde is also likely a carcinogen.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). This surfactant is widely used in non-specialty mouthwashes. A “surfactant” is a foaming agent – or, as it’s more commonly called, a detergent.
- Saccharin. Unlike the best mouthwashes, those that didn’t make the EHANS list of good rinses often contain saccharin, a synthetic sugar substitute that has been linked to a potential risk of cancer.
The takeaway here is simple: Stick to the best mouthwashes, especially those alcohol-free rinses that are formulated to eliminate halitosis using only all-natural ingredients.