Toothpaste: Beyond Clean Teeth and Harmful Chemicals

Although most people automatically think of women’s beauty products when the  term ‘Cosmetics’  is in discussion, however by definition, a cosmetic is [insert definition].  One cosmetic used quite frequently and almost, absentmindedly is the toothpaste. Oral Care Products are intended to cleanse the oral cavity, freshen the breath, and maintain good oral hygiene, while some products also include ingredients to protect against the formation of cavities. If the product is also intended to prevent the formation of cavities (carries), then it is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration as an Over-The-Counter (OTC) drug.  Other products might also be used to whiten teeth by providing a coating that hides or eliminates discoloration. The active ingredients used in OTC anti-cavities toothpastes are Sodium Fluoride, Stannous Fluoride and Sodium Monofluorophosphate, each of which is approved by the FDA. Products that are considered OTC drugs regulated by FDA must follow labeling requirements established in the regulations and use the “Drug Facts” format established by FDA.

Some typical ingredients found in toothpastes include:

Glycerin, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Fluoride, Stannous Fluoride, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Sorbitol, Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, Xanthan Gum, Hydrated Silica, Calcium Carbonate, Menthol, SodiumMetaphosphate, Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate, Botanical IngredientsColorants

 

Nature-based alternatives for oral care are not limited to:  Eco-Dent, Dr. Sharp‘s, and Weleda formulas, oil pulling.

Stay mindful of what you put on, and in your body, after all, beauty begins from within.

 

Technical reference: www.cosmeticsinfo.org