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HEALTH
February 6, 2012 | By Chris Woolston, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
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BUSINESS
January 28, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
It's late January, so unless there's a version of April Fools' Day this month, Crest isn't kidding when it said Tuesday it has introduced a line of toothpaste with flavors that include chocolate and vanilla.  A team of Procter & Gamble in-house "flavorists" developed the line of flavored toothpaste, the company said. With names like Mint Chocolate Trek, Vanilla Mint Spark and Lime Spearmint Zest, the toothpastes are touted to have the same cavity protection and cleaning qualities of conventional toothpaste.  "Crest is always looking at trends to develop products that give consumers a unique yet effective experience,” said Rishi Dhingra, Procter & Gamble's marketing director.
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BUSINESS
January 28, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
It's late January, so unless there's a version of April Fools' Day this month, Crest isn't kidding when it said Tuesday it has introduced a line of toothpaste with flavors that include chocolate and vanilla.  A team of Procter & Gamble in-house "flavorists" developed the line of flavored toothpaste, the company said. With names like Mint Chocolate Trek, Vanilla Mint Spark and Lime Spearmint Zest, the toothpastes are touted to have the same cavity protection and cleaning qualities of conventional toothpaste.  "Crest is always looking at trends to develop products that give consumers a unique yet effective experience,” said Rishi Dhingra, Procter & Gamble's marketing director.
OPINION
October 29, 2012 | By Elayne Boosler
Moderator: I'm here with a group of undecided voters. Welcome. Tell us, any of you, how is it that you are still undecided? Haven't you heard enough to make up your minds? Woman: I've heard too much. Man: I decide. Then the candidate changes his answers to the complete opposite. Then I have to decide all over again. If they would hold still, I could decide once and for all. They're making us look like idiots. They're the ones who are undecided! Everyone: Yes, agreed, right, etc. etc. No. Moderator: Who said "no"?
BUSINESS
August 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
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.
HEALTH
January 4, 1999 | ROSIE MESTEL
From the Health section mailbag, our picks for the most, um, creative health product announcements of the past few months: * Toothpaste containing Coenzyme Q10, the antioxidant chemical that is the "molecular sparkplug that enables cells to produce the energy they need to live and remain healthy." Brushing with Q-Dent "energizes gum tissue while providing a powerful antioxidant to suppress free radicals," say its makers, Q-pharma Inc.
HEALTH
September 29, 1997 | SHARI ROAN
Yet another newfangled toothpaste will soon hit grocery store shelves. Colgate Total is the first toothpaste approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for preventing gum disease. The toothpaste contains triclosan, an antibacterial agent commonly found in soap. The FDA noted that no one really knows how triclosan works inside the mouth. But studies show that, when combined with fluoride, triclosan helped prevent tooth decay, plaque and gingivitis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1990 | From Times staff and wire reports
Asthma sufferers who find themselves wheezing and coughing might look to their toothpaste as a possible cause of their problems, two doctors said last week. An artificial mint flavoring found in a brand of toothpaste made from an opaque paste instead of a gel apparently triggered breathing problems in a 21-year-old woman with a history of asthma, according to a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Then, she switched toothpastes.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The government warned consumers on Friday to avoid using toothpaste made in China because it may contain a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze. Out of caution, people should throw away toothpaste with labeling that says it was made in China, the Food and Drug Administration said. The FDA is concerned that these products may contain diethylene glycol. The agency is not aware of any poisoning from toothpaste in the United States, but it did find the antifreeze ingredient in a shipment at the U.
NEWS
January 27, 1989 | From Times wire services and
The Colgate-Palmolive Co. will change the name of its Darkie toothpaste, a best-selling brand in Asia, and redesign the label depicting a grinning black minstrel, company officials said today. The toothpaste, which is not sold in the United States, will be renamed Darlie and the label will be changed to a "non-racially offensive silhouette" of a man clad in a top hat, tuxedo and bow tie, the company said in a statement.
HEALTH
February 6, 2012 | By Chris Woolston, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
HEALTH
July 4, 2011 | By Chris Woolston, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
HEALTH
April 19, 2010 | By Jill U Adams, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
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.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2008 | Tiffany Hsu, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
August 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
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.
BUSINESS
December 23, 1988 | Associated Press
Six American congressmen accused a Taiwanese company of perpetuating racial stereotypes by marketing a locally produced toothpaste named "Darkie," the American Institute in Taiwan said Thursday. In a news release, the institute said the representatives, citing the toothpaste as an example, told Taiwan's authorities and business community that "xenophobia and racism" would never be tolerated. The institute is the unofficial U.S.
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