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Colgate Essentials Fluoride Toothpaste with Charcoal, Fresh Mint

Data Availability: FAIR

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Colgate Essentials Fluoride Toothpaste with Charcoal, Fresh Mint product label collected on October 29, 2019 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 Colgate Essentials Fluoride Toothpaste with Charcoal, Fresh Mint is 4.

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Data last updated: October 2019

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 HIGH

Other Ingredient Concerns

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

• Use restrictions (high)
• Neurotoxicity (low)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (ANILINE and CADMIUM (pyrophoric))

Fair
FD&C YELLOW NO. 5 (CI 19140)
Appeared as: YELLOW 5

• Cancer (low)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Neurotoxicity (moderate)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (BIPHENYL-2-YLAMINE and CADMIUM (pyrophoric))

None

Good

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

Limited

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

None

Fair
SODIUM MONOFLUOROPHOSPHATE
Appeared as: SODIUM MONOFLUOROPHOSPHATE (0.10% W/V FLUORIDE ION)

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

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Robust

Fair

• Persistence and bioaccumulation (high)

Fair

Fair

• Use restrictions (low)

Fair
SODIUM TRIPOLYPHOSPHATE
Appeared as: PENTASODIUM TRIPHOSPHATE

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

Fair

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

Fair

Fair

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

Limited

Fair

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Active Ingredients: SODIUM MONOFLUOROPHOSPHATE (0.10% W/V FLUORIDE ION) 0.76%; Inactive Ingredients: WATER, HYDRATED SILICA, SORBITOL, CALCIUM PYROPHOSPHATE, GLYCERIN, PEG-12, PENTASODIUM TRIPHOSPHATE, TETRAPOTASSIUM PYROPHOSPHATE, FLAVOR, SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE, CELLULOSE GUM, SODIUM SACCHARIN, CHARCOAL POWDER, XANTHAN GUM, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, BLUE 1, RED 40, YELLOW 5

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