Commercial toothpaste contains many chemical and controversial ingredients, including triclosan, glycerine, and saccherin. However, fluoride is the main reason why the FDA insisted that toothpaste carry the poison warning. Part of the poison risk comes from the child’s still-developing swallowing skills; instead of spitting the toothpaste out, they may swallow it instead.
Excessive fluoride may cause dental fluorosis and acute fluoride poisoning. Dental fluorosis damages tooth enamel, causing white or discolored stains on the teeth. Continue reading