8 Potentially Dangerous Ingredients in Your Toothpaste

Have you ever thought that your daily toothpaste contains rat poison, floor cleansers and other harmful agents? Are the modern toothpaste safe to use? Grab your toothpaste right now and check whether these chemicals are present in your toothpaste.

If you didn’t know the fact about today’s toothpaste ingredients and the harm it can cause to you, then this list is an eye opener. Modern toothpaste though approved by all big food and drug administration organisations like FDA, still escapes from in-depth tests. After researches conducted by many researchers, it has been found that toothpaste contains cancer causing agents, harsh chemicals which can affect your kidney and liver. Here are the list of 8 potentially dangerous ingredients in your toothpaste.

1. Triclosan – Pesticide Chemical

 Pesticides in Toothpaste

Triclosan is a chemical pesticide in one of the most popular and bestselling toothpaste Colgate Total. Triclosan is known for its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and antimicrobial properties. But, researches conduced on mice has shown that Triclosan caused reduced fertility, cancer risks, and development issues in the fetus. Though, we do not have confident reports to prove the effects on human-beings. But, this is definitely a dangerous ingredient to be part of your toothpaste.

2. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) – A Toxic Cleansing Agent

 Sodium Lauryl Sulphate Detergent

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate or SLS is a famous ingredient in soaps, shampoos, detergents, toothpaste and other cosmetic products. This substance is used to produce lather or foam for the users. This is one of the most dangerous ingredients your toothpaste can contain. Basically, SLS is a type of soap which your skin in the mouth is consuming daily. Studies have shown that SLS can cause aphthous ulcers, can cause skin irritations, and the most importantly it is a carcinogen. When SLS comes in contact with fluroides, it can form deposits in your teeth enamel.

3. Sodium Fluoride – A Rat and Cockroach killing Poison

 Sodium Fluoride in Toothpaste

Though, Sodium Fluoride is known for its anti-decay and cavity protecting properties has some harmful effects as well. High exposure to Sodium Fluoride is known to cause Fluorosis. This toxic chemical can also potentially cause skeletal fluorosis, thyroid problems and even linked to bone cancer when consumed.

4. Propylene Glycol – A Form of Polyester and Plastic

 Propylene Glycol Polyester

Nobody would want to consume a product which has polyester or plastic in them. Propylene Glycol is a form of plastic which is used as a gelling agent for toothpaste. FDA and WHO has approved Propylene Glycol to be safe for use in cosmetics and foods. But, researches have claimed that this chemical is known to cause liver, kidney and brain abnormalities.

5. Titanium Dioxide – Used in Paints and Varnishes

 Titanium Dioxide Painting Substance in Toothpaste

This toxic plastic is known for its coloring properties for your food, paints, pigmentation of cosmetics, and used in sunscreen. Titanium dioxide is used in toothpaste to make your teeth white and to give shine. Researches on rats have shown that these chemicals are known to produce chronic lung cancer and other types of cancer. Though, the researches on human-being are inconclusive and not proved yet.

6. Sodium Saccharin – A Petroleum-based Sugar Substitute

Sodium Saccharin Molecule in Toothpaste

Sodium Saccharin is a common ingredient in soft drinks, toothpaste, lip-balms, and other diet food. Saccharin is an artificial sweetener produced from petroleum base. Researches on human and rats are known to cause cancer.

7. Hydrated Silica – An Enamel Damaging Chemical

 Hydrated Silica Dangerous

Hydrated Silica is basically a wetting agent to the toothpaste and is a plaque remover. It is commonly used in toothpaste and FDA confirms it to be safe to use in food products. But, constant exposures to hydrated silica are known to cause damage to your teeth enamel.

8. Polyethylene – The Most Common Plastic

Polyethylene Plastics in Toothpaste

Polyethylene is the chemical form for the most common plastics you we use daily like plastic covers and bags. In its common form polyethylene is non-biodegradable. Toothpaste brands are known to use polyethylene micro-beads in their non-biodegradable form. FDA hasn’t approved for the use of polyethylene micro-beads. These micro-beads are found to be getting into the crevices between your teeth and gums. These micro-beads trap food particles in the long run and cause cavities, gingivitis and other gum problems. Again, plastics are not meant to be consumed as they are carcinogenic.

The list doesn’t end here. There are other chemicals in your toothpaste which are dangerous and it includes prabens, DEA, Blue #1 and #2, and alcohols in few mouthwashes as well are toxic. These are some of the worst ingredients your daily toothpaste and mouthwash can contain. Try to use organic toothpaste as much as possible.


Vinod Suthersan is an young tech enthusiast, Blogger addict, Internet craze and thriving to learn new things on the world of Internet.