Toothpaste and composition – what to look for
Toothpastes belong to these cosmetic products, after which we reach the most common and without which we do not imagine daily hygiene. Their job is to take care of the purity of the teeth and oral cavity, protecting the teeth against decay, paradontozą and nazębnym stone and of course refreshing the breath. Unfortunately, there are still many toothpastes on the market that contain ingredients that are not necessarily beneficial to our health. And that’s why buying toothpaste is worth paying attention to its composition. and about which toothpaste you should choose, you’ll find out later in this post.
By choosing toothpastes we mostly follow their brand name (the more well-known the more trustworthy we think), taste and price. We are increasingly starting to pay attention to whether pasta is fluoride or not, because it is an ingredient that has become very loud in recent years. In this post about fluoride and the legitimacy of its use (or avoidance) I only mention, because I would like to devote this issue to a separate entry. Instead, I focus more on other ingredients that can be found in toothpastes and are definitely worth avoiding.
Do you know the composition of your toothpaste?
Toothpastes seem to us to be safe products. Rub in the fact that they often contain ingredients, the use of which raises controversy, eg. In cosmetics. And the pastes are products that come into contact with our mucous membranes, which pass everything to our body very quickly. So if we see substances in their composition that we don’t want to apply to the skin, then we shouldn’t allow them to contact our mucous membranes.
Another fairly important issue is the risk of swallowing toothpaste. In adults it is rather impossible, but in children who are just starting to wash their teeth happens very often. So this paste goes into the digestive system and of course it is excreted, but it can also cause abdominal pain, which is often not associated with ingestion of toothpaste. Therefore, it is important to choose a toothpaste deliberately and avoid those ingredients that are considered the most damaging and controversial.
Ingredients that are better avoided in toothpastes
I have already written a separate entry for the ingredients that I should avoid in cosmetics. This list is quite long and you will also find substances that are worth avoiding in the compositions of toothpaste.
And these substances to be avoided in toothpastes are:
- Sodium Lauryl Laureth, the popular SLS is the ingredient we mostly look for in the composition of shampoo and shower gel. Unfortunately, it is also added to toothpaste, because thanks to its properties, the cream is creamy. SLS is considered to be a very irritating detergent that dries the skin, irritates the natural protective barrier and causes itchy skin. Added to the composition of toothpaste can cause cavities in the lining of the mouth, contribute to the formation of aft and irritations. SLS also opens gaps between skin, mucous membranes and cells in the mouth and makes it easier to penetrate toxins and other harmful substances into the body.
- Triclosan, which is used as an antibacterial agent, can adversely affect the hormonal economy. It is also a substance that reacts with chlorinated water to form chloroform and dioxins, which have a significant influence on the development of cancer.
- PEG-I is another group of ingredients arouses a lot of controversy. The main reason why they should be avoided is that ethylene oxide, which is a poisonous gas, is used for their production.
- Parabens – most common toothpastes contain parabens, which are preservatives that have a detrimental effect on the hormonal economy.
- Sodium Hydroxide – PH regulator permitted for use in limited concentration. Has a highly irritating effect.
- Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose is a substance found in a variety of toothpastes. Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose is a derivative of cellulose, it is not an ingredient digested by our body, but it is used in laxatives.
Other ingredients that are worth avoiding are artificial dyes, carrageenan, propylene glycol and phenoexyethanol. The latter ingredient is a preservative that can be used in natural cosmetics and in the cosmetic industry at a minimal concentration. It is considered to be irritant and may damage the nervous system. However, there is still no research that could allegation these conjectures.
What about fluoride?
Fluoride, or sodium fluoride, is a component that has a really high interest for several years. On the one hand, we hear the voices that it is the essential element to fight tooth decay. On the other hand, the fluoride accumulates in the skeletal and skin system, and its excess is harmful and toxic, it can cause discoloration on the teeth and affect our emotional state.
It is also said that fluoride in toothpastes is only needed for 20. Years of age and there is no need to apply it longer. That’s why so many people do not use fluoride toothpaste to look for a more secure alternative. And such pastes are more and more and you will find them also in the following combination of toothpaste with a good composition. And for the reasonableness of avoiding fluoride, as I wrote above, I’ll return in one of the subsequent entries.
Good to know
Before you start using natural toothpaste you need to know about the fact that often their taste and appearance are very different from the past, which has hitherto stosowałaśed. First of all due to the lack of SLS-u natural Toothpaste little to , or not pienią at all. The large content of the herb makes the paste often have a rather specific flavor, and the silica additive makes it feel the sand on your teeth.
These paste types are also not white, and their grey colour is completely natural. It is also important that fluoride can be present in natural toothpaste with good composition. However, this information is usually given on the label of the product. And the last thing – when you buy a fluoride-free paste, you can’t be sure that it doesn’t contain SLS or parabens, so always check the ingredients.
Do you pay attention to the composition of toothpaste? What substances do you avoid in toothpastes?