You can often find brand name toothpaste for only $1 at the dollar store, while buying it at the grocery or drug store will run you $2 to $3 a tube minimum. However, have you really looked closely at that dollar store toothpaste you bought?
If you did, you might discover some alarming things about the toothpaste. It was discovered that dollar stores were selling expired toothpaste, and sometimes several years past its expiry date! But wait, it gets worse!
The dollar store toothpaste might also be unsafe. They not only sell toothpaste made and approved for sale in the US, but they also sell toothpaste that was made and marketing to other countries of the world that has much different standards than they do in the US or Canada. In one undercover test, one brand of toothpaste sold in the dollar store was found to have ten times the amount of fluoride allowed by the US.
If you decide to buy toothpaste from the dollar store – or any health or body related product, for that matter – always check both the expiry date and information about the market the product is sold for. If in doubt, don’t buy it and watch for sales at your regular grocery or drug store instead, and stock up when they are selling it at dollar store prices.