Sabal Dentistry - April 2020

The Truth About ‘Natural’ Dental Products Does the FDA Regulate What’s in Your Toothpaste?

As the FDA puts it, “Cosmetic products and ingredients are not subject to FDA premarket approval authority, with the exception of color additives. Cosmetic firms are responsible for substantiating the safety of their products and ingredients before marketing.” One thing to note is that toothpaste with fluoride is considered a “cosmetic/drug,” not purely a cosmetic, so it’s subject to more oversight than fluoride-free options when it comes to safety. With all of this in mind, do not take the terms “natural” and “organic” on your dental products at face value. When you’re picking out a new toothpaste, always read the ingredient list. If a toothpaste really is made with natural ingredients, then it won’t list chemicals like parabens, propylene glycol, triclosan, artificial colors, or artificial sweeteners. Instead, look for recognizable ingredients like charcoal, aloe vera, green tea, chamomile, and coconut oil. You can also do a quick Google search for the company to read more about their ethics and scope out product reviews. Even more importantly, if you really have your heart set on a natural, fluoride-free toothpaste and want to make sure it will be safe and effective, then take it with you the next time you go to the dentist. They’ll be able to tell you whether you’ve made a good choice, and they’ll recommend what to look for the next time you shop!

If you’ve recently bought a new tube of toothpaste, roll of floss, or box of teeth-whitening strips, then you’ve probably noticed that the terms “natural” and “organic” are all the rage right now in the dental aisle. These products claim to be better for you and better for the environment by using whole, often plant-based, ingredients instead of synthetics and fluoride. But do the words “natural” and “organic” emblazoned on those boxes really mean anything?

Unfortunately, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the answer is no. While the organic food industry operates under strict guidelines, the cosmetics industry — a category that includes makeup, shampoo, and toothpaste without fluoride, according to the FDA — has no such regulations or

standardized definitions for the terms they can use. Even more alarming, cosmetic products aren’t even subject to federal oversight to ensure their safety.

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Easy Deviled Eggs

While the kids hunt for Easter eggs in the yard, whip up this easy deviled egg recipe for a hearty snack that’s sure to satisfy any craving.

Ingredients • 1/2 cup mayonnaise • 2 tbsp milk • 1 tsp dried parsley flakes • 1/2 tsp dill weed • 1/2 tsp fresh chives, minced • 1/2 tsp ground mustard

• Salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper, to taste • 12 large eggs, hard-boiled • Fresh parsley, minced, and paprika for garnish

Directions 1. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, milk, parsley flakes, dill, chives, mustard, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix well and set aside. 2. Cut eggs lengthwise and remove yolks carefully to preserve egg whites. 3. In a small bowl, mash yolks. 4. Mix mashed yolks with mayonnaise mixture. 5. Spoon or pipe the mixture back into the egg whites. 6. Garnish with fresh parsley and paprika. Refrigerate before serving

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