Teeth Whitening Products
Beauty Blog: Body Care
It seems all the rage these days to have uber white teeth. There are tons of products on the market that promote they can whiten your teeth in days, you can wear their whitening strips to the gym, brush with us and your teeth will get whitened over night. The list goes on and on and so do the promotions. However how many of them really work and how many of them have SAFE products in them? Well I have yet to try all the products out there for many reasons.. One being the cost. Some of these products are very costly and do they really work. Another reason is that I have sensitive skin and some of these pastes and products cause my lip area to look like I have just been plastered with cold sores.
One product that I use over and over is Crest Whitening Toothpaste. It seems to help keep my teeth whiter and I am a tea drinker which can stain your teeth. Until recently I never really thought about it if was safe for me or what was in it. Heck, I want to trust the companies that are making products that I use in my mouth to be safe and not have any cancer causing agents or any other harmful products in them. But I the only way I could make sure is to visit my friendly Cosmetic Database and what I found out didn’t make me happy I am using this product.
So here is the scary information that I found out from the Cosmetic Database about the toothpaste I use every day and my husband uses every day… This toothpaste earned a 7 out of 10 for being a hazard.
Neurotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Miscellaneous, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption, Contamination concerns, Occupational hazards, Biochemical or cellular level changes
- Ingredients from packaging: Active Ingredients: Sodium Fluoride 0.0243% - 0.16% W/V Fluoride Ion, Cetylpyridinium Chloride 0.07%, Other Ingredients: Hydrated Silica, Water, Sorbitol, Glycerin, PEG-6, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Poloxamer 407, Flavor, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Saccharin, Carnauba Wax, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 1, Yellow 5, Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Flavor, Poloxamer 407, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Saccharin, Yellow 6, Green 3
- Directions from packaging: Crest Extra Whitening with Tartar Protection:Adults and Children 2 Years & Older:Brush teeth thoroughly after meals or at least twice a day, or use as directed by a dentist.Do not swallow.To minimize swallowing use a pea-sized amount in children under 6.Supervise children’s brushing until good habits are established.Children Under 2 Years:Ask a dentist.For healthy teeth, brush twice a day, floss daily and visit your dentist regularly.Crest Pro-Health Rinse:Use after your normal brushing and flossing routine; rinse toothpaste from mouth prior to use.Adults and Children 6 Years & Older:Rinse for 30 seconds with 20 ml / 4 teaspoonfuls twice a day.Do not swallow.Children 6 Years to Under 12 Years of Age:Supervise use.Children Under 6 Years of Age:Do not use.
- Warnings from packaging: Crest Extra Whitening with Tartar Protection:Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age.If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.Crest Pro-Health Rinse:Ask a dentist if symptoms persist or condition worsens after regular use.Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age.If more than used for rinsing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.Cap sealed with printed band.
They go on to list all the harmful products in the toothpaste and their score. If you want to check this out, visit this link: Crest Extra Whitening
I also looked at just their list of whitening products and found several that had hazard scores of 1 and 2. I think will be checking out some of these products in the future.
If you use a whitening product, let us know about it and how it works for you. Also check out its score on the Cosmetic Database website and let us know that as well.
Pamper Yourself Denver will be doing more blogs such as this one related to many of the products we use every day. We also will be updating our postings if we change a product based on what we learn. Remember what you put into your body is as important as what you put on your body!
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May 14, 2009 Bookmark and Share