The Nasty Little Secrets of Toothpaste

Have you ever heard the old saying, “Question Everything?”  It turns out this old saying has some value to it and it’s time to put it into action.  Let’s question the one thing that very few people ever pause to even think about… their toothpaste.  It cleans your teeth, leaves you with fresh breath…what is there to question?  It turns out that there is plenty to question.  Keep reading…

Is your toothpaste safe?Have you ever examined the ingredients on the label of your toothpaste?  If you haven’t, you may not be able until you make a return trip to the store.  A recent examination exposed the fact that some companies started to remove the ingredients from the tube of toothpaste and put them on the box that you throw away.  Now why would they do that?  Are they concerned that a website like might come along and suggest you actually go read the ingredients on your the label?  That couldn’t be it, could it?

Let’s take a closer look at a few of the common ingredients found in toothpaste.  Two of those ingredients are on our Top Ten Toxins list, propylene glycol and sodium lauryl sulfate.  Let’s examine these two ingredients:

Propylene Glycol (PG): As a ‘surfactant’ or wetting agent and solvent, this ingredient is actually the active component in antifreeze. There is no difference between the PG used in industry and the PG used in personal care products. It is used in industry to break down protein and cellular structure (what the skin is made of) yet is found in most forms of make-up, hair products, lotions, after-shaves, deodorants, mouthwashes and toothpastes. It is also used in food processing. Because of its ability to quickly penetrate the skin, the EPA requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles when working with this toxic substance. The Material Safety Data Sheets warn against skin contact, as PG has systemic consequences such as brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. Consumers are not protected nor is there a warning label on products such as stick deodorants, where the concentration is greater than that in most industrial applications.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): Used as detergents and surfactants, these closely related compounds are found in car wash soaps, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers. Yet both SLS and SLES are used more widely as one of the major ingredients in cosmetics, toothpastes, hair conditioner and about 90% of all shampoos and products that foam. In tests, animals that were exposed to SLS experienced eye damage, along with depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation and corrosion and death, both SLS and SLES can cause malformation in children’s eyes. Other research has indicated SLS may be damaging to the immune system, especially within the skin. Skin layers may separate and inflame due to its protein denaturing properties. It is possibly the most dangerous of all ingredients in personal care products. Research has shown that SLS when combined with other chemicals can be transformed into nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens, which causes the body to absorb nitrates at higher levels than eating nitrate-contaminated food. SLS stays in the body for up to five days…Other studies have indicated that SLS easily penetrates through the skin and enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, the liver, the lungs and the brain. This poses serious questions regarding its potential health threat through its use in shampoos, cleansers and toothpaste. Read More


Did you know that anything you put under your tongue enters your bloodstream in 60 seconds?  That fact alone should make you seriously consider everything you put into your mouth.  The above information should not only shock you, it should scare you right out of your skin.  It is unimaginable that either of these two ingredients would be allowed into your toothpaste.   You have to stop and wonder why the FDA would allow for this.

But wait, there is more to come…

There is an ingredient that is considered to be one of the most toxic chemicals on this planet, and yet it found its way into your toothpaste.  Not only is it there, it is considered as an essential ingredient, and is one you have definitely heard of before, but even though you have heard of it, you probably haven’t heard that it is one of the most toxic chemicals around.  As a matter of fact, before you started to read this page, you most likely would have stood up and defended this toxic chemical.  What is this ingredient?  It’s Fluoride.

Before you get upset with the messenger of this news,
read some of the side effects for fluoride:

Is your toothpaste safe?


Do you still have that same safe feeling you once did about fluoride?  Do you still feel like your toothpaste is safe?  You may want to jump up and run to your bathroom and examine your toothpaste as soon as you finish reading this article.  But wait… if you have any young children, you may be surprised to learn that some of these same ingredients are also in their toothpaste.

Read the following label very carefully. If you have young children, treat your toothpaste just as carefully as you would any dangerous chemical you may keep in your house for cleaning purposes. Notice the poison warning, it IS toxic.

Toothpaste: Is it safe?

Yes, your toothpaste is toxic, and whatever is under your tongue is absorbed into your blood stream in 60 seconds.  Do you still trust your toothpaste?  Do you still trust the FDA?

As consumers, we dictate the market place. If we stop buying products with toxic ingredients, then these companies will stop making these products. Will you continue to purchase these toxic products after learning the above information, or will you make the move to switch to products that are safe for you and your children? The choice is yours.


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