Couple of days ago,I intentionally read the ingredients list on my toothpaste.I read my cosmetic ingredients,but never read my toothpaste ingredients before as it just didn't get my intention.It's a toothpaste which is made by a multinational company,and most of Indonesian people know the brand. Me,and my family have been using it for quite long time.It's available everywhere,easily accessible to get the product. As now I give a full attention to ingredients list on each cosmetic products that I use and wear,so this time I read my toothpaste ingredients list and find this material:DMDM Hydantoin! I can't believe it!How can they put DMDM Hydantoin as toothpaste preservative agent??I mean,it's formaldehyde!.What is formaldehyde?According to wikipedia:"Formaldehyde is a colorless gas with a characteristic pungent odor. It is an important precursor to many other chemical compounds, especially for polymers. In 2005, annual world production of formaldehyde was estimated to be 23 million tonnes (50 billion pounds).Commercial solutions of formaldehyde in water, commonly called formalin, were formerly used as disinfectants and for preservation of biological specimens. In view of its widespread use, toxicity and volatility, exposure to formaldehyde is a significant consideration for human health".
As far as I know,formalin is used for preservating dead specimens,like embalming process.I remember,there were some"cheat food producers"here who used formalin to preserve meat,back then when I was teens.People were shocked,and the government punished those cheat producers. So now,I don'tunderstand..why a multinational company use a formaldehyde agent as toothpaste ingredient?I mean,though we don't swallow our toothpaste,but there's still a chance that we can accidentally swallow it. Also,I wonder if there can be any residue left in our mouth,and I can't imagine if I have to technically accidentally"swallow" DMDM Hydantoin daily!.. Btw, you can read my preview post about chemical ingredients to avoid in skincare and cosmetics here.
So I searched for some toothpaste ingredients that we should avoid,and find this web.I'll copy ingredients list that is written there:
Fluoride Hardens Teeth
Fluoride is recommended to strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. Sodium fluoride, the form found in most toothpastes, is also used in rat and cockroach poison, nerve gas, and behavior modifying drugs. It has never been approved by the FDA. Fluoride can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, paralysis, convulsions, and cardiac failure. Four ounces of most toothpaste contains enough fluoride to kill a small child.In a surprising turnaround, a 1990 study found fluoride to have no significant impact on preventing cavities or tooth decay, while it did cause an increase in dental problems, allergies, arthritis, and cancer. Nevertheless, it continues to be used in virtually all toothpaste.
Triclosan Kils Bacteria
Triclosan is used in toothpaste for its antibacterial properties. It's also used in pesticides, and is classified as a dangerous chemical by the EPA and may cause damage to the liver, kidneys, heart and lungs, sterility, convulsions, coma and death. It is a hormone disruptor and is stored in fat, accumulating in the body's tissues with each use.
Worse, in combination with the chlorine used to sterilize normal tap water, triclosan forms chloroform – the carcinogenic gas used as an anesthetic but that can also kill in concentrations just over those needed to sedate.