Ingredient Watch List / Oral Care

Look out for these ingredients when purchasing oral care products

1. Fluoride

The fluoride debate is very heated. Here are the two sides: fluoride is proven to prevent tooth decay but it is also highly toxic. I will never take away your choice to make an informed decision about choosing fluoride or fluoride-free toothpaste but this information is worth noting.

2. Tin

It’s found in one of the three kinds of recognized fluorides under the name stannous fluoride. Tin is toxic and if you choose to not go fluoride-free you should consider picking one of the other, non-tin fluorides, like sodium monofluorophosphate, which is less toxic.

3. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)

Otherwise known as SLS, is another commonly added ingredient in commercial oral health products, as well as most natural toothpastes. There is a wealth of evidence about its toxicity. It has been linked to cell degeneration and ulcers. SLS is used in toothpaste to create the foaming effect. However, it does not provide a benefit for oral health when the ingredient is included in toothpaste. In fact, SLS is commonly found in insecticides such as those used for fruit flies! It has been known to be an irritant in humans, and ongoing research is investigating whether it may be carcinogenic.

4. Artificial sweeteners and dyes

It seems pretty intuitive that if you don’t consume these in your food and drink than why would you use these on your teeth! Many toothpastes contain artificial sweeteners and colors to make them taste and look better. Other countries have banned unsafe sweeteners (sachharin) and dyes (Blue 1 and 2). Better to steer clear away from unnaturally sweet and colorful toothpaste.

5. Triclosan

Triclosan has been used as a pesticide, that acts to slow or stop the growth of bacteria and the FDA has demonstrated that in animal studies. It has been found to disrupt hormones. Proper brushing and flossing can prevent the growth of bacteria which causes gingivitis so opting to use products without this possibly toxic ingredient should be considered.