Are There Dangerous Chemicals In Your Toothpaste?

Trusted Health Products
Written By Kassandra Foreman / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
While toothpaste is made to be safe for brushing teeth, it is not meant to be swallowed, and can contain chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate, artificial sweeteners, fluoride, propylene glycol, and microbeads that are unsafe or a risk for some people. While some of these may be safe for the majority of the population, they can cause damage in many, and in some instances are dangerous even after one use, while others are only a concern if used in large amounts over time.

Sodium lauryl sulfate is a well-known ingredient used to create a foaming action in several products. It can be found in everything from soap and shampoos to toothpaste and is meant to assist in getting between teeth and in small areas by creating foam. The risk with this is that many people can be susceptible to a range of allergic reactions as well as an increase in mouth sores and canker sores. An additional concern with SLS is the damage that can be caused to the environment during its manufacture and the marine life that it affects.

Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are included in several toothpastes to create a taste that is preferred over others. Some of these sweeteners have been tied to illness including headaches and increased dizziness, vertigo, weakness in the muscles, and an inability to focus. The treatment is often to stop consuming or using anything with these ingredients.

Propylene Glycol

Propylene glycol is a mineral oil that is used in a wide range of products. While it can be safe for many it can occasionally cause irritations, and as the mouth is a sensitive area, it is at higher risk of irritation and infections. In large quantities it could cause toxic reactions.


Microbeads are not only an increased risk to teeth damage when they rub against them, but also do not dissolve and can become a hazard to the environment. These beads are meant to help scrub the surface of the teeth clean but when too abrasive will cause damage in the process. This can lead to tooth sensitivity, tooth damage, and even affect the gums leading to gum disease. It then travels through the water systems to gather in the surrounding environment.

While toothpastes must be safe for personal use, they do contain some chemicals that can cause concerns for some people with sensitivities, and the build-up over time can cause illness in others, while environmental damage is also increased. Anyone with allergies or sensitivities should choose their toothpaste carefully, and without microbeads, SLS or artificial sweeteners.

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Written By:

Kassandra Foreman has been writing freelance for five years now and enjoys learning about new things to write about. When not writing she teaches yoga and meditation with a focus on health and fitness.

Reviewed By:

Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at

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