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Crest Sensitivity Toothpaste, Clinical Sensitivity Relief, Extra Whitening / Clean Mint (old formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Crest Sensitivity Toothpaste, Clinical Sensitivity Relief, Extra Whitening / Clean Mint (old formulation) product label collected on July 23, 2013 for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG's rating for Crest Sensitivity Toothpaste, Clinical Sensitivity Relief, Extra Whitening / Clean Mint (old formulation) is 4.

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Data last updated: July 2013

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is MODERATE

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Contamination concerns
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Miscellaneous
  • Occupational hazards
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Limited

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (moderate)

Fair
SODIUM FLUORIDE
Appeared as: SODIUM FLUORIDE (PURPOSE

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
• Occupational hazards (high)

Fair
UNSPECIFIED FLAVOR
Appeared as: FLAVOR

Fair

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Fair

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Fair
ETHANOL
Appeared as: ALCOHOL

• Enhanced skin absorption
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

Limited
POTASSIUM NITRATE
Appeared as: POTASSIUM NITRATE (PURPOSE

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Robust

Fair

• Persistence and bioaccumulation (high)

Fair

Fair

• Use restrictions (low)

Fair

• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Fair

Fair

Limited

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

Limited

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)

Good

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Occupational hazards (high)

None
FD&C BLUE 1 ALUMINUM LAKE
Appeared as: BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090)

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Unknown

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Active Ingredients: Potassium Nitrate 5% (Purpose:toothpaste for sensitive teeth), Sodium Fluoride 0.243% (Purpose:toothpaste for cavity protection), Inactive Ingredients: Water, Hydrated Silica, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Trisodium Phosphate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Flavor, Cellulose Gum, Alcohol 1.09%, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Saccharin, Sucralose, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Benzoate, Cetyl Pyridinium Chloride, Benzoic Acid, Polyethylene, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090)

Directions from packaging:

Do not swallow. 12 yrs. & older: Apply at least a 1-inch strip of the product onto a soft bristled toothbrush. Brush teeth thoroughly for at least 1 minute twice a day (morning and evening) or as recommended by a dentist. Make sure to brush all sensitive areas of the teeth. Do not use in children under 12 yrs.

Warnings from packaging:

When using this product do not use longer than four weeks unless recommended by a dentist. Stop use and ask a dentist if problem lasts or gets worse. Sensitive teeth may indicate a serious problem that may need prompt care. Keep out of reach of children. If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.

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