… in my First Dentist Visit post has sent me searching the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database to see what they have to report about the toothpastes we use in our household: adults – Crest Extra Whitening with Tartar Protection (clean mint), child – Crest Cavity Protection (cool mint gel).
Here’s where the frustration begins. At first glance, it appears that we are poisoning our bodies with these horrible products – they rank 280 and 339 (out of 486 products) . But the information provided can only be as accurate as the data used. When you drill down another step to see the breakdown of the ingredients in the pastes, you can see that the there is a 74% data gap, meaning “this may be due to the fact that they have not have been studied or assessed completely”. In fact, items that rank much higher on the list (so are presumably “safe”) include ingredients that have never been studied for safety.
How warped is that?!?