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FDA-Banned Chemical In Antibacterial Soap Still Legal In Toothpaste

The FDA has banned a chemical found in antibacterial soap, but that same ingredient — triclosan — is still legal in toothpaste, CBS Pittsburgh reports.

I agree that it’s way past time to ban toxic ingredients such as triclosan, formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane from ALL personal care products, but chances are you have no idea what's lurking in most of these products. Even if you read the label, you probably won't recognize the ingredients.

Toothpaste is just one everyday product that can be loaded with harmful and potentially toxic and/or carcinogenic ingredients. Common toxic things found in toothpaste include fluoride, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, carrageenan, propylene glycol and diethanolamine.

A report by The Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watchdog, highlights many of the problems in the regulation of cosmetic ingredients. Contrary to popular belief, the industry is allowed to largely regulate itself, which has allowed many hazardous ingredients to be introduced.

This is why I always stress reading labels before you buy anything, whether it’s the food you eat or the personal care products you put on or in your body, and avoiding these toxins. Besides tricolsan, other toxic toothpaste ingredients include sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), artificial sweeteners, propylene glycol, diethanolamine (DEA) and, of course, fluoride.

Fluoride, especially, whether it’s in toothpaste or the water you drink, is not necessary for healthy teeth. The truth is natural cavity prevention starts with your diet and continues with good tooth hygiene (brushing and flossing) and regular dental checkups.
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