Thursday, 16 June 2016

What's in Elmex children toothpaste?


Toothpaste may be one of the more taken-for-granted products that we put in our mouths. If you brush your teeth two or three times a day, that’s 730 to 1,095 times a year. Toothpaste isn’t meant to be swallowed, but with that many brush-and-rinses annually, it’s safe to assume that at least a smidge of toothpaste will go down the hatch. Probably not enough to worry about, but it's interesting to know what's going especially in our children's mouths.
Elmex Child Toothpaste  is specially formulated to preserve and protect your child's milk teeth from the very first one and up to the age of 6 years-old. With a adapted rate of fluorine for children and milk teeth.   
Aqua = Water
Sorbitol (E420) - is a sugar alcohol used in food products and is used in toothpaste for sweetening, but it is also used as a humectant and texturizing agent. Most sorbitol is made from corn syrup, it is also found in apples, pears, peaches, and prunes. Sorbitol is not suitable for small children or in large amounts. It can cause diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, bloating or flatulence.
Hydroxyethyl cellulose - Hydroxyethylcellulose is a modified cellulose polymer. It is used as a gelling and thickening agent. Low overall hazard.
CI 77891= Titanium Dioxide  (E171)  is an inorganic compound used in a range of body care products such as sunscreens and makeup. . It gives non-gel toothpastes their bright whiteness. It appears to have low skin penetration but inhalation is a concern.
Titanium dioxide has been described as a possible human carcinogen by the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine -  is a foaming ingredient derived from coconut oil. It helps to emulsify and maintain consistency in flavors while the product is in the tube. When brushing, the foaming action helps distribute the paste in the mouth and then helps to remove debris from the mouth for better rinsing. It has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis.
Olaflur – is a fluoride-containing substance that is an ingredient of toothpastes and solutions for the prevention of dental caries.  Olafluor amino-fluorine quickly fixes on the enamel to form a protective layer. It makes teeth more resistant to mineral losses related to decays and stimulates the remineralisation of enamel. Overdosage leads to irritation of the oral mucosa. In especially sensitive persons, even standard doses of olaflur can cause irritation.
Aroma - a sweet or pleasant smell. Artificial flavors may be synthetic mixtures of various harmful substances irritating the oral cavity and causing health problems.
Saccharin – flavoring agent. Low overall hazard.
University of Florida Health researchers have recently found that the artificial sweetener can inhibit cancer cell growth. 'It could help make conventional chemotherapy more effective,' McKenna said.
Limonene - is a scent ingredient and solvent naturally ocurring in the rind of citrus fruit. Upon storage and exposure to sunlight and air, limonene degrades to various oxidation products which act as skin and respiratory irritants and sensitizers.

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