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Sensodyne Cool Gel Toothpaste (old formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Sensodyne Cool Gel Toothpaste (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 Sensodyne Cool Gel Toothpaste (old formulation) is 3.

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 LOW

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is MODERATE

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • 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
Fair

• 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

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

Fair

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Limited

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

None
FD&C BLUE 1 ALUMINUM LAKE
Appeared as: FD&C BLUE 1 LAKE

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Fair

• Persistence and bioaccumulation (high)

Fair

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

Limited

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

Fair

Robust

Fair

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Active Ingredients: Potassium Nitrate (5%), Sodium Fluoride (0.15% W/V Fluoride Ion). Inactive Ingredients: FD&C Blue No. 1 Lake, Flavor, Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Saccharin, Sorbitol, Water, Xanthan Gum.

Directions from packaging:

Adults and Children 12 Years and Over: Apply at least a 1-inch strip of the product onto a soft bristle toothbrush. Brush teeth for at least one minute, preferably after each meal or at least twice a day (morning and evening) or as recommended by a dentist or doctor. Make sure to brush all sensitive areas of the teeth. Children Under 12 Years: Consult a dentist or physician. Store in a cool, dry place.

Warnings from packaging:

When using this product do not use longer than 4 weeks unless recommended by a dentist or doctor. Stop use and ask a dentist if the problem persists or worsens. Sensitive teeth may indicate a serious problem that may need prompt care by a dentist. 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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