Are You Sure You Are Using The Right Toothpaste ?

By: Niharika Choudhary
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A smile can make even an ordinary-looking person to look beautiful. The renowned painting 'Mona Lisa' by Leonardo da Vinci is considered to be the paradigm for a beautiful smile.

A set of sparkling teeth add to the radiance of a smile. So, it becomes essential that you have a good-looking set of teeth to add to the charisma of that tranquilizing smile.

There is a saying that 'Smile, it costs nothing'. But, to smile today has become an expensive affair indeed.

The market is flooding with different brands of toothpastes; and the best part is, all of them claim to be numero uno.

They have all been certified for excellence by some lab and are definitely being recommended by some dentist or the other from some corner of the world!

The toothpaste business is getting funnier day by day with its claim of ingredients it contains. The range is huge - from medical herbs to salt and pepper, diamond finish, fresh breath all day long, etc. These toothpastes claim to have it all.

Do not let these companies fool you in the name of being No. 1, as what goes into your body also matters.

So, the next time you buy your toothpaste, please make sure to check for these toxic ingredients and keep that toothpaste brand at bay. Shocked? Do have a look at these toxic ingredients that you should stay away from.

Triclosan

Triclosan is an antibacterial chemical. It's marketed in the toothpastes claiming that it fights gingivitis. But, did you know that Triclosan effects the antibiotic resistance of your body and fuels up the endocrine disruption? This can lead to a wide variety of health problems ranging from bone malformation to a wide range of cancers like breast, ovarian, prostate and testicular cancers.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

Sodium laureth sulfate (SLS) also known as Sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES) breaks the phospholipids on your tongue, resulting into an enhancement of bitter tastes. This is the reason why everything tastes so bad right after you've brushed your teeth. This compound also imposes a threat on marine life.

Artificial Sweeteners

Aspartame that is used to sweeten almost all the toothpastes is made up of aspartic acid and phenylalanine. Phenylalanine breaks into methanol; however, our body cannot break down methanol into a harmless form known as formic acid. So, methanol poisoning can have fatal health effects on the body.

Fluoride

Did you know that Fluoride in your toothpaste can be the main reason for decaying teeth? Yes, it is a toxic chemical. Fluoride can cause neurological and endocrine dysfunctions in our body. Children who swallow a large amount of the paste while brushing can be at a risk of developing disfiguring dental fluorosis.

Propylene Glycol

Propylene glycol is a type of mineral oil with industrial grading. It is used in antifreeze, paints, enamels, and airplane deicers. It can cause skin, eye, and lung irritation. Propylene glycol may even lead to organ system toxicity.

Diethanolamine (DEA)

DEA found in many toothpastes can cause hormone disruption. It can react with other ingredients to form NDEA (N-nitrosodiethanolamine). NDEA is a carcinogenic chemical and has been linked with cancers of the stomach, oesophagus, liver, bladder, etc. It is also known to have caused organ system toxicity.

Microbeads

You must have heard about Microbeads in many of your bodywashes, soaps, facewashes, scrubs, toothpaste, etc. But did you know that Microbeads are tiny plastic pellets that are extremely harmful to our environment? They are insoluble, absorb toxins from the water and get accumulated in us posing a threat to a lot of toxicity to our body.

 

So, please make sure you check your toothpastes for these harmful toxins the next time you buy one.

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Story first published: Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 14:01 [IST]
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