As part of the ongoing investigation into the deadly 2010 coronavirus, researchers at Oxford University and the University of Cambridge are conducting a study of the titanium used in toothbrushes, toothpastes, gums, and other consumer products.
They are looking at how much titanium dust is produced when the product is broken, and whether it causes the particles to break down into smaller particles and eventually settle to the bottom of the bottle.
“The titanium is used in consumer products such as toothbrushing, toothpaste, toothbrush gel, toothbrush toothpaste and so on, and it has to be very cleanly handled,” says Dr Daniel Wigley, one of the lead researchers from Oxford’s Department of Chemistry.
“The amount of titanium that you put in a toothbrush will depend on the strength of the brush and whether the toothbrush is made of aluminium or titanium.”
If you have a very strong brush, like a stainless steel brush, then it might be more than the amount of dust that is created.
If a toothpaste can be found in a store with the word ‘titium’, it is more likely to be produced from the metal source. “
If you use a weaker brush, or a lighter brush, it is unlikely that the amount will be much higher.”
If a toothpaste can be found in a store with the word ‘titium’, it is more likely to be produced from the metal source.
However, the researchers say that it is not possible to definitively determine the source of a tooth brush, as it is a mix of titanium, aluminium and other ingredients.
The results of the study will be published in the journal Nature Communications on Friday.
It will also be used to look at the impact of other chemicals that can cause the metal particles to settle to a bottom, including chemicals that come into contact with the teeth.
The research will also look at whether other substances can be added to a tooth paste to prevent the particles from breaking down.
The study, which is funded by the British Association for the Advancement of Science, is part of a broader investigation into how the coronavivirus affected the human body and the environment.
Dr Wigles team found that toothpaste made with a variety of ingredients, including titanium, aluminum and other metals, was significantly more toxic to the environment than toothpaste produced using organic ingredients.
Dr Wigleys team found more than 10% of the samples contained toxic metals.
“Our findings are very important because the amount and concentration of toxic metals found in these samples are much higher than previously expected,” he says.
“These results suggest that organic ingredients, such the use of titanium in toothpaste or the use in toothpaste formulations, contribute to the toxicity of titanium.”