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Biotene Fluoride Toothpaste, Fresh Mint Original (2016 formulation)

Data Availability: FAIR

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Biotene Fluoride Toothpaste, Fresh Mint Original (2016 formulation) product label collected on July 02, 2016 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 Biotene Fluoride Toothpaste, Fresh Mint Original (2016 formulation) is 3.

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Data last updated: July 2016

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is LOW_MODERATE

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is MODERATE

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Contamination concerns
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Miscellaneous
  • Occupational hazards
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • 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 (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
• Occupational hazards (high)

Good

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Contamination concerns (COCAMIDOPROPYL DIMETHYLAMINE, 3-DIMETHYLAMINOPROPYLAMINE, and NITROSAMINES)

Fair
UNSPECIFIED FLAVOR
Appeared as: FLAVOR

Limited

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

Fair

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

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Robust

Fair

Fair

• Persistence and bioaccumulation (high)

Fair

Fair

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

Limited

Good

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

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Unknown

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Active Ingredients: Sodium Fluoride (0.15% w/v Fluoride Ion). Inactive Ingredients: Water, Sorbitol, Hydrated Silica, Glycerin, PEG-8, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Xanthan Gum, Flavor, Sodium Saccharin, Sucralose, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Hydroxide

Directions from packaging:

Adults and children over 12 years: Apply toothpaste onto a soft bristle toothbrush; Brush thoroughly after meals or at least twice a day or use as directed by a dentist or physician. Children 12 years and under ask a dentist or physician. Once recommended, to minimize swallowing for children under 6, use a pea-sized amount and supervise brushing until good habits are established. Store below 77°F (25°C).

Warnings from packaging:

Keep out of the reach of children under 6 years of age. If accidentally swallowed more than used for brushing, seek professional assistance or contact a Poison Control Center.WARNING: This product contains a chemical known in the State of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to: www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/.

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