From the time you awaken to the time you retire for the night, you subject your body to a barrage of chemicals, toxins, and potentially hazardous compounds.
You may do so deliberately by smoking, drinking excessive alcohol, or choosing fast food over healthier fare. Sometimes, however, you subject yourself to unhealthy substances, having only the best intentions.
For example, consider the information found on the ingredient list of your toiletries and hygiene products, such as shampoo, mouthwash, facial creams, and toothpaste.
At the office of Sudbury, MA dentist Dr. Janice Spada, we encourage patients to choose dental care products that cut out dangerous and questionable ingredients.
A Healthy Mouth Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts
The health of your mouth depends on the function and condition of each of its individual components, including your teeth, gums, and jaw. You could easily extend this metaphor to choosing the best oral care products.
Imagine, for example, that you’ve lost a tooth. Rather than seek treatment, you choose to let it go. It’s just one tooth, right?
Wrong. Adult tooth loss precipitates a chain reaction that adversely affects each part of your mouth. The surrounding teeth shift, forced to bear the pressure that would have been absorbed by the missing tooth, and the cheeks take on a hollowed, sunken appearance.
Your risk of tooth decay and gum disease increases, which could mean losing more teeth and bone. Is it not possible that long-term exposure to one or two harmful ingredients could compromise the health of your entire mouth?
Beware These Questionable Ingredients
Start with your toothpaste, the most basic element of your oral health regimen. It’s probably the first and last product you use each day. When comparing your options, avoid toothpaste that contains triclosan. This chlorinated, aromatic compound is very common, but it has been known to cause hormone disruption and moderate allergic reactions.
In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency classifies triclosan as a pesticide. The compound has been proven to build up in your body with long-term use, earning a list on the Food and Drug Administration’s list of potentially harmful substances.
Another potentially hazardous ingredient, diethanolamine (DEA), has the ability to cause disruptions affecting your endocrine system. You will find DEA in personal hygiene products that cleanse using a foaming action. DEA can also form cancer-causing nitrates under certain conditions.
Here’s an interesting thought. Employees of the EPA are required to don protective gloves when handling propylene glycol. That doesn’t stop manufacturers of personal care products from using the ingredient, which is also found in antifreeze. Multiple reports indicate that long-term exposure to propylene glycol may make you more vulnerable to abnormalities of your liver, brain, and kidneys.
Need help choosing oral care products? For guidance on choosing personal care products, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Janice Spada, contact our Sudbury, MA dentist office at (978) 443-3111. We are pleased to serve patients living in Framingham, Worcester, Marlborough, Sudbury, and Boston suburbs.