Most people have no idea what’s going on in their toothpaste. Recently there were even little plastic beads that actually destroyed gum health. But how often do you actually look at what’s in that tube? Well, we have a list of the common ingredients and what they do to help edify you.
Water makes up about a third to prevent drying, but about half toothpaste is made of what’s known as abrasives. Calcium variants make up a lot of these, but what you really want is baking soda. It’s a gentle abrasive that does the job without hurting enamel. Fluoride is the next ingredient to look for, it does help your teeth, but if you don’t like it for some reason, it can be avoided. Surfactants pop up a lot, they help the paste foam, but they’re actually awful for your teeth. SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) is the worst, so it’s best to avoid it. The next big thing, also to avoid, are antibacterial agents. These pop up because people like to buy things that say it, but they cause more harm then good. Flavors are typically okay as long they don’t have a sweetener that isn’t xylitol.
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