CAUTION! The toothpaste you are using every single day might have nicotine.
Study finds toothpastes contain cancer causing nicotine. A study by the Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research (DIPSAR) has found that many of the toothpaste manufacturers are adulterating toothpastes and toothpowders with high quantity of nicotine.
But the question is, WHY?
This approach was done in order to give short term relief from toothpain.
“Out of the 24 brands of toothpastes studied in 2011, seven brands – Colgate Herbal, Himalaya, Neem paste, Neem Tulsi, RA Thermoseal, Sensoform and Stoline – were found to contain nicotine,” said Professor S. S. Agarwal of DIPSAR, which is affiliated to the Delhi University and is funded by the Delhi government.
“Colgate Herbal and Neem Tulsi, also a herbal product, surprisingly had 18 and 10 mg of nicotine, which is equivalent to the quantity found in nine and five cigarettes respectively,” Prof Agarwal added.
It can also be absorbed by the lips, tongue, floor of the mouth, top roof of the mouth, cheeks and gums leading to problems such as oral inflammation and cancer. “Oral ingestion of nicotine can lead to oral cancer and cancer causing agents can also get into the lining of the stomach, esophagus and the bladder,” he added.
“Toothpastes containing nicotine can have the same ill effects hitherto attributed to tobacco products such as cigarettes and paan masala . The nicotine in the toothpaste is absorbed by the tongue and saliva in the mouth. It can lead to staining of teeth too and damage the whole enamel,” Dr Rakesh Malhotra, senior dental surgeon, said.
Personally, I know a lot of people who as kids have eaten toothpaste. So the best we can do now is, share this article for the awareness of this very issue.
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