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Harmful content in your toothpaste!

Harmful content in your toothpaste!

Children below 6 years should be supervised while brushing and should be allowed to use only a pea-sized amount. Are you wondering why? Have you ever noticed a warning on your toothpaste – “Children below 6 years should use only a pea-sized amount and should be supervised.

This is because your toothpaste contains very harmful ingredients such as toxins, rat poison, or even engine degreaser.   Regular usage of these products could lead to health problems such as cancer, blindness, organ failure, or infections.  These harmful ingredients are commonly present in your regular dental hygiene products. You would be amazed to find these in many branded products too!!

Some of the toxins found commonly include hydrated silica, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulphate, or sodium fluoride. These toxic products contain small sized molecules which could enter the blood stream and enter the heart, lungs, liver, kidney and even tissues.

Let us look at the effects these toxins could have on your children if consumed in more than required amount:

  1. Sodium Fluoride

Sodium Fluoride is an ingredient present in rat poison and one of the most common ingredients in your toothpaste too! The fluoride content in toothpaste could kill a child within 24 hours, if consumed in excess quantity.  So first and the foremost thing you should do is to keep these items away from kids and only administer the amount required for brushing.

No wonder that fluoride is part of the toothpastes, most of the dentists even today recommend fluoride to be an important constituent to help avoid cavities. Watch out for the sodium fluoride content and its consumption to avoid medical problems in kids and elders too!

  1. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS is a very harmful ingredient.  This is considered to be one of the most dangerous toxins found in the dental hygiene products.  It has foaming property to generate foam, but it has corrosive effect on skin tissues.  This chemical is used in the cleaning industry to do effective cleaning of the product.  It can affect the eyes, brain, liver and heart. It also impedes hair growth.

  1. Triclosan

Triclosan has antibacterial properties and is used in washing powders for the same reason.  This category of toxins can cause cancer and also lead to skin irritations.  Excessive accumulation of these toxins could lead to weakening of the immune system and cause hormonal problems.

  1. Hydrated Silica

Hydrated Silica acts as an abrasive agent in the toothpaste, though excessive scratching of teeth could lead to harmful effects on teeth enamel.  This also affects the re-mineralization of teeth.  This could eventually lead to wearing down of the teeth.  Excessive usage of this chemical could cause gum problems and tooth decay.

Are you worried and shocked after reading this article?  Do not worry!  Rather start using dental products which do not use these chemicals and avoid any health problems in future or atleast ensure the product is consumed in required amount only.

If you have not checked the ingredients yet, you should do now and be observant about these harmful ingredients the next time you buy dental hygiene product!  And save yourself from bringing home the medical problems unknowingly!!