So Many Chemicals, So Little Time to Test Them
As more hidden preservatives and additives in food are being brought to the public’s attention, Delta Dental of Arkansas decided to shed some light on the fact that additives can also be found in your dental products. Many additives are harmless to adults, but when choosing products for your children, you should pay close attention to the ingredients. As a parent, you always want the best for your child so watch out for the following ingredients when choosing your child’s dental care products:
- Avoid products with alcohol, including mouthwash & toothpaste. There are many reasons why products containing alcohol should be avoided, however in small children, the main risk is swallowing. Most children at this age need direction on how to rinse their mouths out properly. If you don’t watch your child carefully, he could swallow a dangerous amount. It is much safer to go alcohol-free.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is an additive commonly found in products that we expect to “foam up.” It is used in many toothpastes as well as non-oral health products such as shampoo and hand soap. There are absolutely zero oral health benefits to this additive and there are reports that it can actually increase a child’s risk of developing canker sores if exposed to SLS regularly1.
- Saccharin is the ingredient used to “sweeten” the deal for children. You’ve seen all those cupcake flavored toothpastes, haven’t you? Saccharin is the reason for the sweet taste. It is not harmful, but it can increase your child’s affinity for sweets which indirectly can cause negative oral health effects.
- "The Importance of Buying Child Friendly Oral Health Products." Dental Health Magazine. Web. 03 May 2012. <http://worldental.org/dental-products/importance-buying-child-friendly-oral-health-products/6487/>.