What is it?Cocamidopropyl betaine (cocobetaine) is a mild foaming ingredient that is derived from coconut oil.
What does it do?The foaming agent in toothpaste often serves multiple functions. It helps to emulsify and evenly maintain the flavor oils throughout the product in the tube. When brushing, the foaming action produced assists in the distribution of the product and then assists in the removal of debris from the mouth to ensure easy rinsing.
What are the alternatives?There are lots of foaming agents available and the science of formulating products in accordance with our Stewardship Model Standards of Natural, Sustainable, and Responsible to meet specific consumer needs requires the use of a few different foaming agents throughout our product line. The selection of the ideal foaming agent is dependent upon the other product ingredients and the needs of the consumer that the product is intended for. We believe that cocobetaine is the best choice as the foaming ingredient in Tom’s of Maine Maximum Strength Sensitive Anticavity Toothpaste because of its compatibility with the sensitivity and anticavity active ingredients; potassium nitrate and sodium fluoride. It also shows low irritation potential to skin and mucous membranes and is biodegradable* (according to OECD confirmatory tests) which makes it a sustainable choice.
What are the risks?Cocamidopropyl betaine is widely used in an array of consumer products but as with any ingredient there is risk of allergic reaction. Tom’s of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with pure and natural ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.
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