In a world where anything goes, there is such a thing as bacon flavored toothpaste. Yes, whiskey toothpaste was also once popular. More recent technology has even created a toothpaste that turns plaque left in your mouth green. While these may seem like novelties, consumers are always intrigued by these unique alternatives to traditional toothpaste. Before adding a new toothpaste to our routine, we must ask ourselves if there are hidden dangers or long-terms risks associated with these tempting flavors.
According to the American Dental Association:
- Extensive laboratory testing conducted on toothpaste determines whether it meets the high standards for safety and effectiveness.
- If your toothpaste has undergone rigorous testing and has ADA approval, it will display the official ADA seal. This is your assurance that the toothpaste has met all testing criteria.
- Common ingredients to look for in an ADA-approved toothpaste: Gentle abrasives to ensure removal of buildup, fluoride to strengthen enamel, natural ingredients, such as glycerin to prevent water loss in the toothpaste, flavoring agents or sweeteners that do not encourage tooth decay, thickening agents, and detergents for foaming action.
The next time you feel tempted to reach for the latest trendy toothpaste, be sure to check for the ADA seal and verify that the common ingredients listed above mostly make up the ingredient list.
Although a bacon flavored toothpaste is exciting to try, perhaps the bacon flavor is better left to the.. bacon.
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