The vast majority of the general public now purchase their dental products at the supermarket. To mark national Smile month the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) has published a study into the public’s knowledge of the ingredients commonly found in dental products.
Over a quarter (26%) of those surveyed did not understand what is in a dental product and what the product is made from.
72% were cynical about claims made by the dental product market.
In order to inform and educate consumers the BDHF has produced a glossary of common ingredients found in dental products and explained their purpose.
Dr Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation said,” The Foundation has a long track record of helping to educate the public in all aspects of oral health issues.”
Dental product manufacturers further complicate the issue by describing ingredients in a complicated manner, for example water is noted as aqua. Other common ingredients include Cocamidopropyl Betaine which is derived from coconut oil and is a thickening agent, Benzoic acid which is a preservative and artificial flavouring and Hydrated Silica which is better known as Silica or sand and is a clear abrasive to clean teeth.
The full glossary can be found at www.dentalhealth.org
National Smile Month runs from May 16 – June 16, 2016