Irish Daily Mail - YOU - - LORRAINE SPECIAL -

IN 2011, when Joanna (known as Joe) Brindle, now 48, was go­ing through chemo­ther­apy and ra­dio­ther­apy for breast can­cer, she felt nau­seous and was fre­quently sick. What sur­prised her was that when her treat­ment fin­ished the symp­toms con­tin­ued sev­eral times a week af­ter she brushed her teeth. In ad­di­tion, ‘From the time I started chemo, ev­ery­thing I ate – ex­cept for raw car­rots – tasted hor­ren­dously of salt.’

Be­cause of the con­tin­ued vom­it­ing, Joe found it dif­fi­cult to keep food down so she was in dan­ger of be­com­ing un­der­nour­ished. Joe also has type 1 di­a­betes and this played havoc with her blood sugar and in­sulin lev­els. Look­ing at the tim­ing of her sick­ness, Joe sus­pected that the foam­ing agent sodium lau­ryl sul­phate (SLS) in her tooth­paste might be the cul­prit.

Joe is a den­tist’s dream be­cause she loves clean­ing her teeth sev­eral times daily. ‘My mother al­ways said it’s the best thing you can do. So be­ing sick when I brushed my teeth was ter­ri­ble.’

One morn­ing, Joe con­fessed to her boss that she was late be­cause of be­ing sick. ‘He sug­gested I try an or­ganic tooth­paste called Boca which doesn’t con­tain SLS. I have not been sick since I started us­ing it in Au­gust 2012, apart from when I ran out of it for a week.’

The all-per­vad­ing taste of salt tailed off too, al­though Joe does not know if this was linked to us­ing Boca.

Boca is a small revolution in den­tal care be­cause it of­fers dif­fer­ent for­mu­la­tions for day and night. Day For­mu­la­tion in­cludes in­vig­o­rat­ing gin­seng, caf­feine, mint and rose oil, while Overnight For­mu­la­tion con­tains sooth­ing camomile, aloe and va­le­rian. As well as be­ing free from SLS, Boca ex­cludes tri­closan (an an­tibac­te­rial agent that the US Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion banned in soap but per­mit­ted in tooth­paste), mi­crobeads and syn­thetic preser­va­tives).

‘When you go through can­cer treat­ment, peo­ple give you prod­ucts to help your skin, hair and nails but not tooth­paste,’ says Joe. ‘I want ev­ery­one to know how much Boca can help.’

■ Boca costs €16 plus €5.70 p&p or sign up on­line at for a free 30-day trial

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