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I really appreciate Dr. Dodson and my new front tooth. When I came to see Dr. Dodson I had a missing front tooth. I had worn a flipper for years to fill in my smile. It was uncomfortable and I was very aware of it. He made me a beautiful new permanent tooth that matches my other teeth perfectly! Now

Watch Out for Potentially Unsafe Toothpastes

In 2007, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued consumer warnings against toothpastes coming from China and South Africa. The agency has identified these imported products over concerns that they contain a poisonous and potentially hazardous substance known as diethylene glycol (DEG), which is used in antifreeze. An advisory was also issued stating that these products are typically sold, at a lower price, at “bargain” stores and retail outlets.

While the ban on certain imported toothpastes was lifted, consumers should still exercise precaution in the purchase of these products. Accordingly, the FDA advices the public to look at the product’s label; if it contains DEG, do not use it.

The public should also look out for “gray market” toothpastes—counterfeit products marketed and sold under a particular brand name without the permission of its true manufacturer. These toothpastes are potentially dangerous since they may not contain the same ingredient quality as its original counterpart. Since its production and sale were not authorized, safe use cannot be assured.

To identify a counterfeit product, check the label for spelling errors, uneven spacing of markings, or any signs of inconsistent or bleak labeling. Take note that genuine products are stamped with a seal of approval from the FDA.

In all cases, avoid toothpastes that don’t present a “Drugs Fact” on their label. The FDA regulates the content of each toothpaste product. Accordingly, it is mandatory for manufacturers to list down their ingredients. If no list appears on the label, it is mostly like coming from an illegal source.

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