Toothpaste Ingredients Found in Drug Store Brands Newtownabbey

Most toothpastes contain Sodium Laureth Sulphate (same thing as Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate, or SLS) which has creates foam and does play some role in cleaning. It's a major ingredient in washing up liquid.

Superdrug
+44 (0) 28 2564 4890
36-39 TOWER CENTRE
Ballymena, NI
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Boots The Chemists
+44 (0) 28 9260 2666
3 Market Lane
Lisburn, NI
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Boots The Chemists
+44 (0) 28 3026 8234
13 John Mitchel Place
Newry, NI
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Boots The Chemists
+44 (0) 28 9045 7394
338-340 Beersbridge Road
Belfast, NI
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Alliance Pharmacy
+44 (0) 28 3026 8234
13 John Mitchel Place
Newry, NI
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Alliance Pharmacy
+44 (0) 28 9036 5474
2 Hillview Avenue
Newtownabbey, NI
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Numark Pharmacy
+44 (0) 28 9147 3380
82 High Street
Bangor, NI
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The Co-Op Pharmacy
+44 (0) 28 9035 1170
155 Crumlin Road
Belfast, NI
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+44 (0) 28 9335 1200
3B Market Place
Carrickfergus, NI
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+44 (0) 28 9181 3359
40526 Regent Street
Newtownards, NI
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Toothpaste Ingredients Found in Drug Store Brands

Toothpaste Ingredients - What's in that Drug Store Brand?

Which toothpaste ingredients need cause us concern?

Most commercial toothpastes are a combination of chalk, soap (SLS), glycerin and flavorings with a variety of additives. Many ingredients are there for cosmetic and usage reasons which don't always have to do with cleaning efficiency and health.

Here are some of the commoner toothpaste ingredients found in drug store and supermarket brands.

Common toothpaste ingredients:

Detergents

Most toothpastes contain Sodium Laureth Sulphate (same thing as Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate, or SLS) which has creates foam and does play some role in cleaning. It's a major ingredient in washing up liquid.

It isn't strictly needed, though, in toothpastes and some studies have tended to show that it makes human tissues (skin, scalp, mouth surfaces) more easily penetrated by other chemicals. Many alternative toothpastes do not use it.

Detergents such as SLS help the cleaning process. Ammonium lauryl ether sulfate is now often used in preference to SLS because its larger molecules don't penetrate our skin and mouth membranes so easily. Detergents are anti-bacterial and have a role in breaking up plaque.

Common toothpaste ingredients:

Abrasives

A variety of abrasives are found in commercial toothpastes (see individual chemicals below).

Silica is a natural component of sand which is extremely hard and it helps the cleaning process by being abrasive. It has been used in toothpastes for a long time. It is generally considered safe in some forms. Hydrated silica is the particular type of silica used in gel toothpastes. It is a bio-accumulator i.e. it can persist and build up in wildlife and humans.

Calcium (chalk) Many toothpastes include calcium salts as abrasives. It is considered safe.

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Plaque prevention and control

Tetrasodium pyrophosphate (TSPP) is sometimes used as a water softening agent which removes calcium and magnesium from the saliva so that less plaque is formed. It is unpleasant tasting and alkaline and needs other ingredients (detergents) present to make it work. It is rated as moderately toxic by Toxnet.

Some toothpastes may contain Triclosan which helps kill plaque-forming microbes. Triclosan is one of those bio-persistent chemicals which turn up in fish, breast milk and wastewater.

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Bleaches and whiteners

Tooth whitening pastes may contain hydrogen peroxide. There are some health queries about the safety of this, especially in more concentrated amounts found in some products. One study (by Europa) concluded that most people suffered no problems from a 1.5% hydrogen peroxide solution used twice a day. However, hydrogen peroxide is also classed as a weak carcinogen and they also concluded that it should be sold in a 0.1% concentration only. Stronger solutions would need to be obtained by prescription...

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