Toothpaste tales – 5 ingredients you need to know about

Toothpaste tales – 5 ingredients you need to know about

Posted on May 25, 2015

toothpaste1Toothpaste – Most of us would head down the relevant aisle at our local supermarket and just randomly pick out any toothpaste that takes our fancy. Maybe you’re the kind of person who goes with whatever is on special or you’re loyal to a brand or particular flavour.

But do you ever really think about what’s inside that little tube that you spread on your toothbrush twice a day thinking you’re doing your teeth a favour? Like most people, you probably don’t give what toothpaste you’re using much thought at all.

If you take a closer look at the ingredients listed on your toothpaste, you might start asking some questions you may never have never thought about before.

We quizzed our team of dentists here at NovaDental and came up with 5 ingredients that are commonly used in your toothpaste that you should know more about.

Sodium Fluoride

A big question mark may come to mind when you see fluoride on this list. After all, for many years, we’ve heard dentists say how great fluoride is, especially in terms of being an effective way to combat tooth decay.

Fact: Sodium fluoride is a by-product of aluminium manufacturing and is used in rat poisons and industrial pesticides (now that’s scary!). It may even cause vomiting, nausea and diarrhoea… Yikes!


Most of us will recognise this ingredient which is often added to sweeteners in low sugar/fat alternatives.

Fact: Not only has saccharin been linked to bladder cancer, at the end of the day, it offers no health benefits whatsoever.


If you look closely at any anti-bacterial products you may have at home, this ingredient will pop up over and over again.

Fact: Triclosan has also been classified as a pesticide and has been suspected of causing cancer in humans.

Propylene Glycol

This solvent is an active component in some anti-freezes and acts as a wetting agent in toothpaste.

Fact: Propylene Glycol is rapidly absorbed through the skin and prolonged contact can lead to brain, liver and kidney abnormalities.

Hydrated Silica

Used for stain removal, the main dilemma with this chemical is that it doesn’t break down over time.

Fact: As this chemical doesn’t break down, it can damage tooth enamel. A better option may be baking soda.

If you do find yourself just throwing any old toothpaste into your shopping basket, hopefully, the above list will have you thinking twice.

Just as with food labels, it’s best to know what you’re consuming via your toothpaste.