Titanium used in paper and paint to plastics also used in prophy paste! Scientists found that titanium interacts with DNA to alter its gene structure!
Yep, the same chemical used as a whitener in everything that we use from paper and paint to plastics!
You might have heard about it before as titanium is used in white paints and sunscreens.
So, what in the world is this chemical doing in the same prophy paste that’s used for your teeth?
Disclaimer: You can request a free prophy paste sample from dental websites, to see for yourself if it contains Titanium.
Well, titanium dioxide is used when it comes to getting rid of stains as it has a high refractive index that enables it to leave your teeth with the temporary whiteness that you desire.
What You Should Know
Titanium dioxide is not a metal. On the contrary, it is inert and water-insoluble compound that has been greatly used as a whitener. As a whitener Titanium Dioxide can be used to whiten everything including the paper, plastics, and even paints. It is also a major active ingredient for almost every mineral-based sunscreen.
How Does Titanium Get to Prophy Paste?
Well as a pigment, Titanium Dioxide Nano-particles has also been used when processing a number of food products. It has been used to give them the most appealing touch that is intended to arouse your appetite. A good example is the white appeal that’s found on Dunkin’ doughnuts.
With this trend almost hitting the roof, scientists, and especially those in the line of dental research, have tried titanium oxide on other cosmetic whitening products and more predominantly on prophy paste.
The Bad: Why Do We Want Titanium Gone from Prophy Paste?
While Titanium appeals to many food and cosmetic producers because of its whitening properties, it is very unfortunate that this compound will not dissolve in water.
This is the same reason why it is harmful to your body too. Later, a number of researchers have realized that a number of chemicals often become much more toxic when they are used as nanoparticles. This is because scientists have found that nanoparticles have a tendency to interact with DNA to alter its gene structure. The nanoparticles that are used in prophy paste and other food products, for instance, are in the size of 200 nanometers.
This is really very small and that means much more hazardous to our body. Indeed, it is almost 1/500 the width of your hair such that when inhaled could go straight to your lungs or even the kidneys too.
And if somebody exposures to titanium nanoparticle, for example through inhalation while manufacturing process, they might be in serious risk of getting lung cancer.
Is Titanium Safe for Your Health?
You could ask that again. In any case, it is your right to question whether or not the substances that you get exposed are actually safe. And while its use is rampant, I must point out that the chemical is not entirely safe for your health especially when it comes in nanoparticles.
According to one of the best dentists that we talked to, the use of titanium in paints, paper, and sunscreen but also in many food products that we use including doughnuts, chewing gums, soy milk, ranch dressing, and mayonnaise is questionable.
This is because even if Titanium Dioxide is used in larger particles it is not easily soluble and there are chances to get inhaled straight to the lungs or to the kidneys. Furthermore, because we are using them in prophy paste as nanoparticles (which we can’t avoid), this could be highly hazardous and can easily harm the users.
However, because of the many concerns that have been emerging lately about its safety when consumed, there has been some need for more research on the use of this substance especially on consumable products such as on prophy paste.
Indeed, we have also seen quite a number of incidences where food manufacturers have been forced to remove some of their products from the market due to public pressure, especially from the major advocacy groups.
NOTE: It is true that because of its straight up whitening results, titanium has been used on prophy pastes and has been gaining popularity really fast. Yes, the intentions are very good. However, because it must be used in very small particles (nano) which are in fact harmful to our health, everyone should be wary of going with cosmetic whitening products that contain titanium compounds.
The Way Forward
A new survey has shown that up to two thirds (67%) of scientists have developed conflicting image due to their interest and links in using such chemicals in either foodstuff or other pharmaceutical products such as prophy paste.
Among these chemicals is the endocrine disrupting parabens from titanium oxide nanoparticles which lead to the damaging of the body’s DNA.
The truth is that titanium dioxide nanoparticles are today manufactured in large quantities for use in a wide range of applications all over the world. And while this happening research has established that this substance contains different types of physicochemical properties that might even alter their own bioactivity.
Eventually, when consumed in that state, titanium oxide might easily affect how the body operates and more specifically its DNA structure. Until now, the major way through which this substance was consumed was through the respiratory system by inhalation.
And while the rate by which happens is often slow, many studies have agreed oral exposure may lead in the potential ways through which this substance enters the body and this has been predominantly found to occur mainly through the food products that contain titanium oxide nanoparticles additives including prophy pastes.
It is therefore advisable that before you actually use any prophy pastes you take your time to identify the compounds that have been used to manufacture the product. If your whitening product doesn’t dull up because it has titanium dioxide in very small particles, it would be advisable to change.
Professional dentists understand the need for using very safe products. They will help you to find the best products and possibly ones that are safe for your consumption. Talking to them to assist when looking for cosmetic whitening products for your teeth will be very much advisable as they have dealt with quite a number in the past!
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