We brush our teeth around 1,000 times per year, and each time we ingest some toothpaste. Some of the ingredients in many toothpastes are undeniably bad for us, Thus force us to think twice before purchasing.
Check out the points to be considered before selecting the toothpaste of your preference
1) List of Ingredients to be checked as follows.
* FD&C blue dye No. 2. This dye is in many toothpastes, but the Center for Science in the Public Interest warns against it as it might be related to learning and behavioral issues, severe allergic reactions and other health problems.
* Sodium lauryl sulfate.- Another active ingredient laurel sulfate present in many toothpaste helps on stain removal, but the American College of Toxicology says it can cause skin corrosion, irritation and canker sores, so, should be avoided if you suffer from or start to notice sensitivity.
* Triclosan- This anti-microbial ingredient are actively used in toothpaste and hand soap, but the Environmental Protection Agency have pursue to carry on for more researches since have negative effects on thyroid and estrogen levels.
* Fluoride – Fluoride is consider good for tooth enamel, but, much of the debate has been raised with the usage of fluoride in Toothpaste, since already presenting in US water system as well naturally occurring fluorides in plant increases overall ingested fluoride in individual. If you must use fluoride toothpaste, consider one with sodium fluoride, and one that avoids the use of SLS
* Stannous Fluoride – Stannous fluoride found in pastes can stain teeth, affect your taste buds, cause gum reactions and may interfere with permanent repair (remineralization) of the tooth.
*Sorbitol – Sorbitol is good for your teeth because it prevents the formation of bacteria that cause dental plaque – hence its use in chewing gums and toothpastes. It has been granted GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status by the FDA. Despite this classification Sorbitol has been known to aggravate irritable bowel syndrome,and similar gastrointestinal conditions, resulting in severe abdominal pain for those affected, even from small amounts ingested. Ingesting large amounts of Sorbitol can lead to abdominal pain, flatulence, and mild to severe diarrhea. Guess that’s why they don’t recommend that you swallow toothpaste.
* Saccharin and aspartame- Both are artificial sweeteners, and both made the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s list of additives to avoid.
*Baking Soda – Baking soda is good for removing surface stains to give a clean feeling. It does not provide any other dental benefits, nor does it cause any harmful effects on teeth or Enamel. Thus making safe to use. So, feel free to continue using your favorite baking soda toothpaste if you love it.
2) Tartar Control Toothpastes
Many tartar control toothpastes are acidic, which often leads to increased sensitivity. They may dissolve some of the buildup, but the acidity pulls calcium from the teeth which can actually form more buildup. The acidity also encourages more plaque to grow. However one need a professional cleaning to remove tartar that has already began to form.
3) Avoid whitening toothpaste if have sensitive teeth.
Whitening toothpastes containing ingredients which powerful to provide a brighter smile, however, people with sensitive teeth may experience increased tooth sensitivity or irritation making the sensitiveness worsen. These whitening toothpastes are generally safe and effective but they do contain ingredients that can harm tooth enamel and lead to increased tooth sensitivity, if used for prolonged time. Thus the best available optiont for stained teeth is still an in-office dentist whitening treatment. So, visit your dentist about whitening alternatives that will be gentle enough for your teeth.
4) Read the label carefully.
Some toothpastes are indicated for use only by adults and older children. Other toothpastes recommend consulting a dentist before using for longer than a specified period. Be sure to read and follow any instructions on the toothpaste label.
You should also look at the list of ingredients. Most toothpaste contains flavoring, sweeteners and other chemical ingredients. Remember that the more ingredients the toothpaste contains, the more chances there are for you to be sensitive to a particular ingredient. Be sure that you understand what each ingredient is.
5) Look for ADA approval.
Many types of toothpaste carry the ADA seal of acceptance. Toothpaste with this seal is guaranteed to meet the stringent requirements of the American Dental Association.
All toothpastes that are approved the FDA and accepted by the American Dental Association are safe and effective, and very similar to one another. If you know you have specific needs that require certain ingredients, talk to your dentist.
6) Not every toothpaste is right for every person.
Everyone’s body chemistry is different. You may find that a particular toothpaste does not make your mouth feel as clean or refreshed as you would like. You may become sensitive to a certain ingredient. If you experience these or other symptoms, try changing brands or types of toothpaste. Of course, if you have an allergic reaction or experience continuing symptoms, you should seek medical assistance right away.
7) Avoid heavily sweetened toothpaste.
An excess of sugar can contribute to tooth decay as well as other health problems. Some sugar is perhaps acceptable, but it is a good idea to try to avoid those toothpastes that are extremely sweet. Or consider a toothpaste that is artificially sweetened. Many children’s toothpastes are especially high in sugar, so be sure to keep an eye on their labels