Waking up we all have set routines to start out our days. One is brushing your teeth. Did you ever stop to think about the toothpaste you use everyday? Why you use that particular brand? I bet you have never sat down and really read the back label. Well, today I analyzed my toothpaste and realized we should be doing this for EVERYTHING we buy BEFORE we buy it. If we took the time to become more informed buyers we would make miuch more wiser budgeting decisions. Sometimes even a little more expensive product may be a healthier choice, and if we are budgeting every month every dollar – you can adjust and account for that better product.
Budgeting personal finances is just one way to living healthier and happier with less stress. However, you also need to be cognizant of other things, like the products you are buying and supporting. Some of the products you already have in your home may be leading you down the road to future health issues in your life.
As I stood before the mirror doing my teeth today, I got to looking closer at my toothpaste which was now empty. I have been using this brand for years, Colgate – Fresh Mint flavor. Suddenly I realized the first thing one notices making any purchase is the front label. We tend to look for products that are attractive to the eyes. Generally selecting one because our family may have always used this.
After that we notice the things the company wants to stand out in our minds. On this product, the things that stand out are the flavor as we all want things that taste good, the age bracket it is intended for – anyone from eight years old and upwards, and the fact that it has been clinically proven for its cavity and enamel protection.
We are trusting by Nature
When is the last time you turned something you were buying over and read the label on the back part of the product you were looking at BEFORE you bought it? It tells you so much, and yet we are trusting by nature especially when we are shopping without doing enough due diligence before hand to understand the REAL story or the TRUTH of what we are buying to get the BIG picture.
On the Flip Side
So now flipping to the back side of the toothpaste holder, I decided to start reading the label under “Drug Facts”. Hmm, I never considered when I brushed my teeth every day that I was using drugs. The first thing I see is the active ingredient listed as sodium fluoride, which is used for its anticavity properties. This is stated twice – once in the purpose and again in the use of the product.
Be Wary of any WARNINGS
WARNINGS? What warnings? The very next thing, I noticed on the back side was the word – WARNINGS in bolder print. Who would have thought toothpaste would come with warnings. “Keep out of reach of children under eight (8) years of age.” Then it says, “if more than used for brushing is swallowed, get medical help, or contact poison control immediately”.
Follow the DIRECTIONS?
Huh? Directions to brush your teeth? Oh yes, this is followed by DIRECTIONS FOR USE of this product. Seems like brushing your teeth should be a no-brainer, put toothpaste on your brush and brush every area of your teeth, rinse, and your set. Hmmm… what is this, directions for three different groups listed? “Adults and children two years of age and older, brush teeth thoroughly preferably after each meal and at least twice a day or as directed by a dentist or physician. If you have a child who is older than two but younger than six, use a pea-sized amount and supervise child’s brushing and rinsing (to minimize swallowing). If you have a child under two years of age, ask a dentist or physician before using this product with them.”
Now curiosity peaks – what’s inside?
Okay, by now you should wonder why all this caution – what is in my toothpaste to cause alarm? Well, the inactive ingredients listed next include the following: sorbitol, water, hydrated silica, PEG-12, sodium lauryl sulphate, flavor, cocamidopropyl betaine, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, sodium saccharine, cellulose gum, xanthan gum, mica, titanium dioxide and FD & C blue no. 1.
It is no wonder the very next thing on the labels says “Questions?” Then, gives a toll-free number you can call to get answers to your specific questions.
Are you Ready to Go A Bit Deeper?
In the next article we will take this a bit deeper and show you how a little label knowledge in the items you are purchasing can play an important role in your budget and making a healthier, happier YOU! You may not use Colgate, as I have for many years, but hopefully this article will help explain what is on that label of YOUR brand. Then take it further, and look at all the items you have purchased in your home and all the components or ingredients to help you determine just how healthy your buying decisions have been and help point you to make even better ones in the future.
If you like what you have been using – you can keep using it – it is YOUR CHOICE. I am not out to change anyone’s habits, just want you to be aware of the labels and take time to really look at those brands you are using and those you may be thinking of using. Sometimes the cheapest product in a category is not always the wisest bargain, especially if you have health issues to a specific ingredient. As my stepdad always says, without your health you have nothing. Health and personal finance go hand in hand.
And if you find another brand you like better, and seems to be a bit pricier but does not contain certain ingredients that you know are a problem to you – you can adjust your budget to include those pricier items and know that you will be making a healthier choice in the end.
If you found this article informative and helpful, please click the ”like” button and leave a comment or any question that it may have brought to your mind. The purpose of these articles is to make you alert to what you are using while trying to build your awareness. In doing so, you can build your budget to accommodate a safer and healthier lifestyle.