Bellingham Dentist

What’s Hiding in Your Toothpaste?

Have you ever thought much about the effects of the ingredients hiding in your toothpaste? Many big toothpaste brands contain trace amounts of substances that are not entirely beneficial. Here is a list of some of the common substances that you might want to look out for:

  • Blue Dye Number 2: Some research has indicated that this artificial coloring agent might lead to allergies and certain behavioral issues in children.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: This substance is potentially aggravating to your delicate gum tissues, which can sometimes cause canker sores.
  • Triclosan: It is not well understood what effects extended exposure to this substance has on human health. The Environmental Protection Agency says that further research is needed.
  • Hydrated Silica: This substance is an abrasive. It is valuable for cleaning teeth, but has the potential to wear down enamel.

If you are looking for a toothpaste to best suit your own needs, talk to our Bellingham dentist. We can advise you on the best ways to go about your regular oral hygiene.