Ingredients in toothpaste that are good for your mouth

Last Modified: Sat Aug 27 2016 08:33:56 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
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    main ingredients in toothpaste that are actually good for the mouth, the rest are there to make it taste, smell and feel nice, act as preservatives, or bind everything together.
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    Sodium Fluoride: This helps maintain the strength of tooth enamel and, despite controversies, is perfectly safe at the amounts found in toothpaste.
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    Hydrated Silica: Mild abrasive used to rub away stains and debris. Alternatives include: calcium carbonate (chalk), magnesium carbonate or aluminium oxides.
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    Sodium Lauryl Sulphate: It helps remove fat, but mostly included to make a nice foam (people expect bubbles in cleaning product!). Appears in other products such as shampoos, washing powder and liquids.
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    Triclosan: This anti-bacterial agent appears in many toothpastes. It helps prevent gum disease but is also a cause of concern after you spit. Triclosan is difficult to remove from sewage and when it enters the water systems it is toxic to some aquatic organisms.