Are There Harmful Substances in Your Toothpaste?

Have you ever thought about what’s in your toothpaste? Though you may not be exposed to much of any particular ingredient during a single brushing, a harmful substance can quickly build up. It is widely recommended that everyone should brush their teeth at least twice a day. This adds up to over seven hundred brushings every year. With this in mind, it pays to look out for the following substances found in certain pastes which may have detrimental effects on your mouth:

  • Blue Dye No. 2: Some people believe that this coloring agent is connected to learning and behavior issues in children, as well as certain allergies.
  • Hydrated Silica: This substance is commonly used as an abrasive. Possibly a little too good at its job, too much hydrated silica may break down your enamel.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: A possible irritant for your skin and gum tissues, this chemical can invite canker sores.
  • Triclosan: According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the effects of this substance are not well understood. Further study is required.