Should you switch out your toothpaste for a better ingredient toothpaste? Below are the ingredients in Crest Cavity Protection regular paste. Today I will explain what the inactive ingredients are and tomorrow I will discuss the active ingredient fluoride to help you make a decision on whether toothpastes like Crest are for you.

Crest Cavity Protection regular paste:

Active Ingredient: sodium fluoride
Inactive Ingredients: sorbitol, water, hydrated silica, sodium lauryl sulfate, trisodium phosphate, flavor, sodium phosphate, cellulose gum, carbomer 956, sodium saccharin, titanium dioxide, blue 1.

Below are the bolded inactive ingredients:

Sorbitol: A sugar alcohol used as a humectant to prevent water loss in the toothpaste (non carcinogenic).

Hydrated Silica: Hydrated silica is a mild abrasive which gives toothpaste a smoother “gel” quality (non carcinogenic).

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: Surfactant, penetration enhancer. Alters skin structure, allowing other chemicals to penetrate deep into the skin, increasing the amounts of other chemicals that reach the bloodstream; Irritant; animal studies show organ effects.

Trisodium Phosphate: PH Balancer and cleaning agent. The Hazardous Substance Data Bank states: Acute exposures to trisodium phosphate may cause irritation of the respiratory system with subsequent coughing and pain. In severe exposures pulmonary edema may develop. Chronic exposures can result in inflammatory or ulcerative changes in the mouth and possible gastrointestinal disorders.

Flavor: These additives can provoke allergic reactions, headaches and can also cause irritation to the gums and oral tissue.

Sodium Phosphate: Mild abrasiveness, tarter control, and effective whitening properties. Other phosphates also are used as fluoride carriers to improve tooth health.

Cellulose Gum: It is a synthetic derivative of cellulose (wood pulp.)  It’s used as a thickener and stabilizer in cosmetics and foods (non carcinogenic). Your body is not able to break down cellulose gum, so it simply passes through your digestive tract.

Carbomer 956: Helps control viscosity, holds the toothpaste ingredients together and keeps the creamy consistency during storage. Toxic? Unknown.

Sodium Saccharin: An artificial sweetener, petroleum based. Possible carcinogenic.

Blue 1:  Potential mitochondrial toxin. Blue 1 is artificial dye added to give a cool minty blue color when you squeeze it out of the tube. This synthetic dye is often made from coal tar.

What do you think about Crest toothpaste? Would you still use it even though you know what all the ingredients are? If you would like to know more about your toothpaste follow me for my next post about the active ingredient in your water and toothpaste, fluoride.



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