Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

What's in Your Toothpaste?

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

What's in Your Toothpaste?

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WHILE eliminating sugar and increasing the frequency of brushing your teeth are obvious ways to improve your dental health, paying attention to the toothpaste you use is also worthwhile.

Most toothpastes contain fluoride, abrasives, binders, detergents, flavours, preservatives, colour and sweeteners.

All of these ingredients serve a purpose, be it to keep the paste moist, make it taste good or look appealing.

That doesn't mean they are good for you.

Some ingredients you might choose to avoid are Triclosan, Aspartame, Sachharin, Sorbitol (although this is a good sugar substitute), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Blue Dye.

Fluoride is always a contentious issue with valid arguments on both sides of the debate though most dentists will lean towards pro-fluoridation.

Plateau Dental Care's Dr Justin Pakin said there are alternatives for those wishing to avoid fluoride.

"I feel like I'm respectful of that, I think in the end a person has the right to choose what they consume, I have no problem with that at all," he said. …

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