Hazards with toothpaste

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@averygirl72 (16611)
Philippines
July 24, 2011 6:39pm CST
I know not all information posted on the internet are accurate or reliable. I just come across several articles that says that some of the ingredients found in most toothpaste contains hazardous ingredients. I think that is not true because nothing bad happens to me ever since.They say flouride is not safe and toothpaste contains chalk and detergent.Triclosan that is used to kill bacteria is also used in pesticides. However, i think chemist who made toothpaste knows the right levels of the substances that are suitable for everyday use.
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@thetis74 (1525)
24 Jul 11
I have learned that sodium lauryl sulfate, being one of the ingredients used in toothpastes is also used in cleaning agents that is used to clean floors. And there are only I think maybe one or two toothpaste brands that does not contain it and probably only available in the US. If any toxic or harmful chemicals gets in the body it doesn't d0 the harm overnight. That is why many diseases comes to appear at a particular age of a person. Let us just be careful with using toothpaste that we don't swallow it.
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@shaggin (39428)
• United States
25 Jul 11
I really do worry about my kids using toothpaste. They need it because if they dont they will get cavities and have bad breath. My son is 3 and he does not spit the toothpaste out when he brushes his teeth. We brush them twice a day and each time he swallows it. I really dont think this is good for him and wish I could get him to stop swallowing it. Who knows what kind of heath problems it could cause someday... stomach ulcers... stomach cancer who knows...
@thetis74 (1525)
25 Jul 11
I also have a little girl. I only put a little amount even less than a pea size. She spits it out although not all of it. Don't worry, we just have to keep reminding them every time so they can eventually learn to spit out everything. Maybe they still do not know how to take it out. Now that she is four she is spitting out more. I'm not sure if some are being swallowed but there is an improvement. Soon they can just do it properly.
@Galena (9123)
25 Jul 11
a lot of things that we use every day could be considered to contain harmful chemicals. in an undiluted state. Fluoride has some negative affects, and some very good effects. it's put in many water supplies to improve tooth health. it's naturally occurring in tea. it's widely considered that the negative effects are far outweighed by the positive. the detergent is usually Sodium Lauryl Sulphate. it's what makes the paste foam. again, it can be damaging undiluted, but the amount that is in products will not be harmful. it is one of the things that makes toothpaste actually clean your teeth, as well as giving the foaming action to aid cleaning. and it's in most soaps for exactly the same purpose. so I agree with you. some things in them are harmful in their raw forms, but processed and diluted appropriately, they are safe to use.
@Rainegurl (2158)
• Philippines
25 Jul 11
Well, that is alarming I guess that information should be taken as a warning to read the label. If something is in the toothpaste could be harmful, then special care should be taken when using it. We could hardly not use toothpaste since it also helps us fight cavities and tooth decay but I believe that the instructions and warnings in the label should not be ignored.
• United States
25 Jul 11
There are natural toothpastes that you can use as an alternative, but I just use a small amount and I put a small amount on my son's toothbrush. Fluoride is only unsafe in large doses. Many places even have it in their water.
@popetko (10)
• Philippines
25 Jul 11
thats true especially here in asia where toothpastes are mostly made from China, like Maxim toothpaste, which is very harmful to human consumption.
@salonga (27957)
• Philippines
25 Jul 11
Well dear this is the reason why we should know how to read the ingredients in anything we use and consume. I believe there are many that can bring harm to us so we have to be careful. In the case of toothpaste, I think we should not just buy but make sure the brand is tested. There are those of different unknown brands which are cheaper but be very careful about buying them for they could really contain harmful ingredients.
@nurseclare (2210)
• Philippines
25 Jul 11
You're definitely right, not all informations in the internet are right. And the chemist know what's the exact amount of chemicals our body can tolerate.
@zerd87 (301)
• Philippines
25 Jul 11
It depends on the toothpaste you used. Some toothpaste use the same ingredient but in a higher concentration. The toothpaste is design to be expel and not to be swallowed. Maybe it is hazardous if we swallow the toothpaste. Use a good brand toothpaste to assure quality. There are lot of toothpaste comes out from the market be sure to check the label.
• Philippines
25 Jul 11
I think toothpaste manufacturers do know the right amount of chemicals to put into the product since 99% of all people brush their teeth. Since we rinse our mouth right after brushing it with toothpaste, I think it makes the toothpaste fairly suitable for people to use... the only harm I am thinking is when a person swallows the toothpaste suds while brushing the teeth - which is why parents (or any adult) need to watch over the kids when they brush their teeth.
@jdex_143 (1094)
• Philippines
25 Jul 11
Hmmmm.. I didn't know that there are hazards included in the making of toothpastes. Kids must be extra careful not to swallow even just a little amount of toothpaste. Thank you for the information. I'll share this info to my sister. :) Happy mylotting! :)