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Product score: 05

Data Availability:

Limited

CVS Health Anticavity Fluoride Mouthwash, Fresh Mint

CVS Health Anticavity Fluoride Mouthwash, Fresh Mint

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CATEGORY

Mouthwash

BRAND

CVS

DATA LAST UPDATED

September 2021

Ingredient concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • MODERATE
    Cancer
  • HIGH
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • HIGH
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient scores

Ingredients are scored based on their formulation and concentration in this product. Click on an ingredient for more information.

Ingredient score: 04
SODIUM FLUORIDE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) anticaries agent, oral care agent, antiplaque, oral care
CONCERNS • 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)
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Ingredient score: 01
WATER
Data Availability: Robust
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FUNCTION(S) solvent
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Ingredient score: 01
SORBITOL
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) flavoring agent, fragrance ingredient, humectant, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, plasticiser, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 03
PROPYLENE GLYCOL
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, humectant, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, skin-conditioningagent - miscellaneous, solvent, viscosity decreasing agent, skin conditioning, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
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Ingredient score: 02
POLOXAMER 407
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) surfactant - emulsifying agent, surfactant - solubilizing agent
CONCERNS • Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 02
SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) denaturant, surfactant - cleansing agent, cleansing, emulsifying, foaming, surfactant
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 04
UNSPECIFIED FLAVOR
Appeared as: FLAVOR
Data Availability: Fair
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Ingredient score: 03
SODIUM BENZOATE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, preservative, anticorrosive, masking
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
PHOSPHORIC ACID
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, ph adjuster, buffering
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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Ingredient score: 02
EUCALYPTOL
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) denaturant, fragrance ingredient, perfuming, tonic
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 08
METHYL SALICYLATE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) denaturant, external analgesic, flavoring agent, fragrance ingredient, perfuming, soothing
CONCERNS • Cancer (low)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (high)
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Ingredient score: 03
THYMOL
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) denaturant, fragrance ingredient, hair dyeing, masking
CONCERNS • Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Occupational hazards (high)
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Ingredient score: 01
SODIUM SACCHARIN
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) flavoring agent, fragrance ingredient, masking, oral care
CONCERNS • Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
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Ingredient score: 03
MENTHOL
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) denaturant, external analgesic, flavoring agent, fragrance ingredient, oral health caredrug, masking, refreshing, soothing
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
DISODIUM PHOSPHATE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) buffering agent, corrosion inhibitor, fragrance ingredient, ph adjuster, anticorrosive, buffering, masking
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
SUCRALOSE
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) flavoring agent, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 03
MENTHA SPICATA (SPEARMINT) OIL
Appeared as: MENTHA VIRIDIS (SPEARMINT) LEAF OIL
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
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Ingredient score: 05
MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous
CONCERNS • Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (low)
• Neurotoxicity (low)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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Ingredient score: 06
FD&C RED NO. 40 (CI 16035)
Appeared as: RED 40
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) colorant
CONCERNS • Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Neurotoxicity (low)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (low)
• Contamination concerns (MERCURY, 6-METHOXY-M-TOLUIDINE, ANILINE, and CADMIUM (pyrophoric))
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Ingredient score: 07
CI 42090 (FD&C BLUE NO. 1 OR D&C BLUE NO. 4)
Appeared as: BLUE 1
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) colorant, hair dyeing
CONCERNS • Cancer (moderate)
• 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))
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Ingredients from packaging:

Active Ingredients: Sodium Fluoride 0.02%; Inactive Ingredients: WATER, SORBITOL, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, POLOXAMER 407, SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE, FLAVOR, SODIUM BENZOATE, PHOSPHORIC ACID, EUCALYPTOL, METHYL SALICYLATE, THYMOL, SODIUM SACCHARIN, MENTHOL, DISODIUM PHOSPHATE, SUCRALOSE, MENTHA VIRIDIS (SPEARMINT) LEAF OIL, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL, RED 40, BLUE 1

Product's animal testing policies

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Leaping Bunny

Products bearing the Leaping Bunny mark are certified cruelty-free under the Humane Household Products Standard, managed in the U.S. and Canada by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics, a coalition of eight national animal protection groups. Participating companies must open their processes to independent audits throughout the supply chain.

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Understanding scores

Cosmetics and personal care products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market. The Skin Deep® scoring system was designed to help the public understand whether a product is safe to use or whether it contains ingredients of concern.

Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.

HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

Hazard score

The Skin Deep ingredient hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED® mark means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.

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Data availability

The Skin Deep data availability rating reflects the number of scientific studies about the product or ingredient in the published scientific literature.

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