Debra Lynn Dadd

ecodent dental products

QUESTION:

Hi Debra,

What is your opinion of EcoDent toothpaste? Is this a natural product and good for health - no additives, etc.?

Thanks!
Sarah

POSTED BY SARAH :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 11/16/2009 11:52 AM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

First of all, Ecodent does not make toothpaste, they make tooth powders. I have used them and really like them--in fact I probably will be buying more very soon since I have been trying out some other tooth powders I didn't like.

I actually prefer tooth powders over toothpaste. Ecodent toothpowders contain minerals and herbs, no sweeteners or sodium lauryl sulfate.

All Ecodent dental care products are fine with me.

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

I understand the Ecodent people just took out the Sodium Lauryl Sulfate from their product so if you get an older one check the ingredient label.

POSTED BY RLF :: PENNSYLVANIA USA :: 11/23/2009 6:36 PM


This is a question for Debra: I also like the Ecodent toothpaste, but I did have a concern about the hydrated silica in it. I once read from The Green Guide that hydrated silica can have lead in it. I did call the company about it and no one called me back. What is your opinion on hydrated silica?

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: I couldn't easily find any data on the internet stating that hydrated silica can have lead in it. I don't consider hydrated silica to be a problem. It's simply quartz, like crystals and sand and glass.


POSTED BY RANDEE :: PENNSYLVANIA USA :: 11/23/2009 6:43 PM


I absolutely love the ECO DENT Gum! I have been chewing it for 4-5 years now since I started going "Natural". I love the chicklet style gum because it's similar to the old gum I used to chew. They claim it helps clean your teeth as it contain baking soda. It also contains slippery elm which helps soothe the throat. I know when I've had a dry throat before and chewed other mint gums, they would actually make it worse and cause me to cough, that doesn't happen with the Eco Dent gum! I've tried some other natural gums, but have yet to find what that compares.

POSTED BY JOY :: NATURALJOYBEAUTY.COM :: WWW.NATURALJOYBEAUTY.COM :: UTAH USA :: 11/23/2009 7:00 PM


I tried the ecodent tooth powder and although it seemed to clean allright, I personally couldn't stand the strong salt taste it has. It does list salt on the label, and for me, it was a real shot of salt. I am a salt lover with food, but I really do not like that taste with a tooth cleaning product.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Hmmm. I've been using the mint flavor and all I taste is mint.


POSTED BY MDC :: ILLINOIS USA :: 11/27/2009 4:54 PM


I have enjoyed using Ecodent "Gentle Floss" for years. There's a lot on a spool and the paper box it comes in is recyclable. The floss itself is infused with herbs and enzymes; which,however, at least to me, have no noticible taste or aroma. Marc

POSTED BY MARC :: FLORIDA USA :: 11/27/2009 4:58 PM


Hi Debra,
I just looked up Eco Dent to find out more about it.

This amazon.com review says the following:
www.amazon.com/Eco-Dent-Toothpowder-Mint-2-oz/dp/B0006ON9NA

This product is marketed as a natural alternative to more main-stream toothpastes which often contained harmful chemicals. However, if you inspect the ingredient list of Eco-Dent DailyCare, you will find that its third ingredient is Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate. Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate is a Nitrosating agent. Nitrosating agents can cause nitrosamine contamination, which has been determined to form cancer in laboratory animals. There are wide and repeated concerns in the USA and Europe about the contamination of cosmetics products with nitrosamines. Also, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate is an Anionic sufactant. Several sufactants have been identified as toxic to humans and ecosystems. Further, they can increase the diffusion of other environmental contaminants, with which they are often mixed. Despite this, sufactants commonly used in car washes, as garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers - and in 90% of personal-care products that foam.

Any truth to this?
Dani

COMMENT FROM DEBRA:

I wrote to Ecodent with your question and here is the response from the owner of the company:
There is a lot of misinformation on the Internet. And I should say that many times "bad" reviews are put up by competitors to try to steer people away from a competing brand. Our company does not do this, but we have seen many instances of this occur over the years.

Coming to your specific question, this is generally considered a safe, mild surfactant. We use a very small % of it.

Some specific points:

It is misleading to say that it is used in "car washes" etc. because ALL surfactants are generally used, in different concentrations or strengths in all kinds of applications. They are not specific to one use or another. Surfactants as a "class" are used wherever there is a foaming application and the question then is how much is used, in which concentration, in which combinations, and under what conditions.

"Nitrosating agent". This is also misleading. It is ONLY true if it is formulated together with a different surfactant that can together cause the contamination referred to.The concern arose initially when this component was used in combination with other surfactants that together had that effect. We do not do that however. On its own, this would not be true! We have spent YEARS researching the right surfactant to blend into this product and we are constantly reviewing to see if there are better choices.

This particular surfactant appears to have no serious issues with it and was chosen due to its very clean history. Whole Foods Markets, which are the leading natural retailer in the country, considers it to be a premium ingredient as opposed to many other surfactants that do not qualify for the premium status. It is also MUCH more expensive to use than the cheaper surfactants found in most products.

As with everything, there are facts, and conditions in terms of any formulation process that takes place and we have worked hard to find a clean, safe surfactant for the small amount we use.

EVERY toothpaste you will find has surfactants, in most cases in much higher percentages than we use. EVERY toothpaste uses MORE toothpaste than we use of toothpowder (you get about 200 brushings from one 2 oz. bottle) and thus, if you use toothpaste you are getting both a higher % and a higher amount of any surfactant than in Eco-Dent. Most toothpastes use Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which has its own issues.

I hope this helps. Our product has been extremely positively recommended for over 70 years and has lots of dentists who highly recommend it. It has been the subject of studies that show that it provides better cleaning, remineralizes teeth without fluoride, and has lower abrasivity (thereby protecting delicate tooth enamel) than leading commercial and natural brands of toothpaste.
This response is consistent with what I know to be true.


POSTED BY DANI :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 11/30/2009 5:26 AM


Dear Debra,

The minth flavor is the one I tried, and it tastes like a mouthful of salt. I am wondering if it could have been a quality control problem.I'm not sure if I still have the receipt for it, but if I do, then I'm going to return it to Whole Foods and try it again.

POSTED BY MDC :: ILLINOIS USA :: 12/03/2009 10:33 AM


I found Mint Ecodent out of necessity because my doctor didn't want me to use Fluoride or Glycerin. It was the only product that I could find without both of these. It took a little bit to get use to it, now I don't think twice about it and love having just a small bottle to deal with.

POSTED BY JAD :: FLORIDA USA :: 12/03/2009 11:06 AM


Wysong has a tooth powder which I like.

POSTED BY NANCYK :: :: 228 WENTWORTH AVE :: ILLINOIS USA :: 12/11/2009 4:09 PM


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