Everybody brushes their teeth. Most of us do it more than once a day. We think we know that our toothpaste is helping us, but do we really know what’s in toothpaste? Consumer Reports goes inside the tube to reveal certain toothpaste ingredients to look out for.
If you have an older tube of Colgate Total, check the ingredients and if it has triclosan, throw it in the trash. Triclosan is an antibacterial that may help prevent gingivitis, but also may have some side effects.
“Endocrine disruption, as well as the impact on immunity, and contribute to antibiotic resistance,” said Tunde Akinleye of Consumer Reports.
It was banned from hand soaps and body washes in 2017. For some reason, it is still allowed in toothpaste but essentially gone from the market. Colgate’s new Total SF toothpaste doesn’t contain triclosan.
So What Should Be in Your Toothpaste
The first thing people should look for in a toothpaste is fluoride. Fluoride will help decrease tooth decay.
Other ingredients include baking soda or sodium bicarbonate, which helps reduce plaque. Also hydrogen peroxide, which can act as a whitener.
Then there are abrasives, calcium carbonate and modified silica, used to help remove food debris and surface stains.
If your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold you may want to use a toothpaste with desensitizers. Used regularly, ingredients such as sodium citrate, casein phosphopeptide, and potassium nitrate may help relieve tooth sensitivity.
There’s also sodium lauryl sulfate or SLS which creates foam to help circulate the toothpaste into the spaces between teeth.
Some toothpastes also contain the ingredient xylitol. A few small studies suggest that when paired with fluoride, it could prevent cavities better than fluoride alone.
But a warning to pet owners, xylitol is very dangerous for dogs.
We here at the office of Dr. Max L Lingo, Evansville dentist, agree that you should be careful when choosing your family’s toothpaste. This is an important decision. Once you decide on that toothpaste, maybe the time is right now to contact our office now if you need bonding & filling, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, dentures & partials, extractions, sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, teeth cleaning, plaque removal and more.