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Toothpaste Ingredients to Avoid

For your health, you must learn which toothpaste ingredients to avoid.  Baby toothpaste should be safe to swallow, or it could be deadly. 

Toothpaste ingredients can affect the health of your teeth and gums. But as a consumer, it's truly mind boggling choosing the safe one! Is it better to use with a natural toothpaste, a tartar control toothpaste, a sensitive teeth toothpaste, a home-made recipe toothpaste or just plain old water?

One of the fastest ways to absorb anything into the body is through the mouth. Drugs such as nitroglycerine for heart conditions, vitamin supplements, and pain medications are often given under the tongue for fast absorption.

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You may not be aware of it, but ingredients in toothpaste may be delivering a daily dose of antibiotics or other 'active ingredients' to you as you brush, especially if you have bleeding gums. Oh, the WARNING is on the back of the toothpaste, but who looks at that? With the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, all toothpaste with fluoride, or claims for oral health, must add a WARNING on the back of the label.

What's in Baby Toothpaste?

Fluoride is in most toothpaste, even baby toothpaste. The warning on the back reads to "keep out of reach of children under the age of six. If more than used for brushing is swallowed, contact the nearest poison control center or your physician immediately."

The ingredients in children's toothpaste or baby toothpaste are important because children do not have the ability to spit before the age of four. If a child under the age of six swallows half of a tube of sparkly, bright colored toothpaste that tastes like bubble gum with fluoride, it could be fatal.

Other potentially harmful ingredients may include saccharin, antimicrobials, and harsh abrasives. Below is a partial list of some toothpaste ingredients to avoid.

Ingredients in Toothpaste and Mouthwash to Avoid
    • Saccharin - this ingredient has been on the on and off list of FDA

    • Antimicrobials - natural or synthetic can include tea tree oil, alcohol and triclosan among others. These days found in many products, such as deodorants, dish soap, hand and body soaps, shampoos, etc.  Antimicrobials are warned by Center for Disease Control that with over use, could result in antibiotic resistant bacteria.

    • Chlorine dioxide  - industrial bleach, used for bleaching wood, flour, and disinfection of municipal water.

    • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) - industrial detergent may cause canker sore, dry mouth and allergies

    • Sodium hydroxide - NaOH, also known as lye or caustic soda, is a metallic base, used in textiles, drain cleaners and industrial detergents.

    • Salicylates  - allergic reactions to products are becoming very common.  Salicylic acid, the common Aspirin ingredient for inflammation, could be one of the causes. Always look for salicylate free products. 

    • Herbal extracts - natural toothpaste ingredients often contain herbs. Herbs have side effects and drug interactions.  With frequent use, they could also cause of allergies.  Many products add herbal extracts and oils for marketing and call their products 'natural'. 

    • PEG/PPG - polypropylene glycol is a surfactant used as a wetting agent, dispersant and in leather finishing.

    Choosing the Right Toothpaste and Mouthwash

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  • Toothpaste without sodium lauryl sulfate

  • Made in the U.S.A.

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