February 6, 2012 |
Fluoride is a natural mineral with an unnatural ability to stir controversy. On the Internet, the cavity fighter is often portrayed as a grave threat to health. Various sites call it "a deadly poison" and "an invisible killer" - the sort of thing you'd want to avoid if you had any choice. Most toothpastes contain fluoride, but people who prefer to brush without the additive have plenty of options. Tom's of Maine, a health and beauty company based in Kennebunk, sells several varieties of fluoride-free pastes.
July 4, 2011 |
It's hard to believe, but there was a time not long ago when everyone walked around (in public!) with naturally colored teeth. Today, with so many whitening gels, strips and trays out there, yellowish grins aren't as common — nor the natural look as appealing — as they used to be. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Dr. Vincent Mayher, a dentist, as being based in Philadelphia. Whitening mania is especially obvious in the toothpaste aisle.
April 19, 2010 |
The Food and Drug Administration announced April 8 that it will be taking a look at the safety of a widely used antibacterial chemical, triclosan. Triclosan — as well as its cousin triclocarban — is found in liquid hand soaps, deodorant bar soaps, face washes, deodorants, toothpastes and mouthwashes, and as well as in germ-fighting cutting boards and socks. In January, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) wrote letters to the FDA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, urging them to review new evidence about the potential harms of triclosan.
February 28, 2009 |
A company that sold nearly 80,000 tubes of Chinese toothpaste containing a poisonous ingredient has pleaded no contest to violating California's health and safety code, prosecutors said. Selective Imports Corp. of Vernon entered the plea Thursday to a misdemeanor health code violation of selling an adulterated drug product. The company will be placed on three years of probation and must follow U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines for recalling the toothpaste, said Supervising Deputy City Atty.
March 7, 2008 |
Executives at two Vernon-based companies face criminal charges for allegedly importing and distributing nearly 90,000 tubes of potentially toxic toothpaste from China, Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo said Thursday. Between December 2005 and May 2007, Selective Imports Corp. allegedly imported the toothpaste, which Vernon Sales Inc. then resold to several mini-marts and bargain shops, according to a complaint filed Monday. In the last year, 480 of the tubes, labeled Cooldent, made it to Los Angeles store shelves, prosecutors said.
August 14, 2007 |
Chinese toothpaste distributed to hotels worldwide by a U.S. company has been recalled because it may contain a chemical used in antifreeze, adding to recent cases of unsafe food and drug imports. Indianapolis-based Gilchrist & Soames voluntarily recalled 0.65-ounce tubes of Chinese-made toothpaste after independent tests showed some samples contained diethylene glycol.