What ingredients should I avoid in home care tooth products?

09 Dec

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, also known as SLS, is a foaming agent that is used in many types of toothpaste. While that bubbly feeling might make you think it’s good for your mouth, a 1983 study by the American College of Toxicology concluded that SLS actually irritates sensitive oral tissues. In some people, SLS aggravates or even causes canker sores, and irritation can occur with exposure to as little as 0.5% concentration. Once consumed, it lingers in the heart, liver and brain. It’s also toxic to aquatic life exposed to it once we rinse it down the drain. –> bs dibilang deterjen, banyak jg terdapat di produk sabun cair

Sodium Chlorite – A dose of 10-15 grams of this material can be lethal, and the material is known to be toxic to the kidneys. It’s used as a bleaching agent in the manufacture of paper, and is also found in some mouthwashes and toothpastes as a cleansing agent.

Fluoride – Fluoride is placed in toothpaste to reduce sensitivity, as well as reduce susceptibility to decay and cavities in children, or those who have diminished saliva flow. Some patients have concern about fluoride as an ingredient. Check with your dental professional to determine if a fluoride-containing toothpaste is indicated. Community water fluoridation is controversial and the scientific data is inconclusive, but fluoride that is used topically in toothpastes, mouthrinses and varnishes are generally considered as safe and effective for cavity prevention. –> biasanya untuk anak di bawah 2 tahun dianjurkan pakai yg fluoride-free (toothpaste)

Sodium Hydroxide – A powerful cleansing agent used in manufacturing processes. It’s also known as lye or caustic soda. It is a strong chemical agent that can cause pain to throat, lips and tongue and can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting.

Trisodium Phosphate – Also known as TSP, you may be familiar with this cleansing solution used to clean your driveway. It has been removed from most household cleansers and detergents due to the damage it causes to our water systems by promoting the overgrowth of algae, but it remains an ingredient in some oral care products.

Alcohol – You might not realize it, but mouthwashes can contain up to five times the alcohol of beer. Some mouthwashes have alcohol contents exceeding 25%, which in addition to being dangerous for households with children, have other negative effects. Alcohol-containing mouthwashes dry the inside of the mouth, and a dry mouth can lead to bad breath, the very thing people use mouthwash to avoid.

Titanium Dioxide – Titanium dioxide is a chemical used to make paint white. It is also used in some toothpastes. While the FDA considers it safe for this purpose, other countries, like Canada believe it should be avoided as a potential carcinogen, particularly when inhaled. Use of this ingredient in toothpaste is cosmetic only, meaning that it simply makes the toothpaste look white. Given the sensitivity of our oral tissues, consider whether to avoid toothpastes containing this ingredient.

note: saya pribadi untuk anak biasanya saya pakai pasta gigi yg organik, biasanya produk2 itu ga pakai SLS, berlabel fluoride free, biasanya hampir semua kandungannya berisi bahan2 alami/mostly organic, cuman si fira masih ga doyan pake pasta gigi, jd skrg masih pake air putih T_T

Leave a comment

Posted by on December 9, 2011 in Green living, health


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: