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How Does Toothpaste Work?

Toothpaste has been around for a long time. There is evidence of toothpaste being used way back in ancient Egypt during the time of the Pharaohs, where they would use powdered rock and mix it with vinegar into a paste.

Of course, toothpaste has come a long way from then and is now in a form that is much easier to use plus it tastes better too!

Our modern-day toothpaste contains a number of different ingredients to be able to effectively clean your teeth without harming your tooth enamel. Below are the main components found in most toothpaste:

Abrasives—Most toothpaste contain abrasive ingredients that help scrub away stains and plaque on your teeth. The abrasives have to be harsh on plaque but gentle on your teeth so it does not damage your enamel. This ingredient also helps to polish your teeth so they look fresh and clean after you brush your teeth.

Foam—Toothpaste usually has an ingredient that creates a foaming action. This allows the paste to dislodge any plaque, debris and bacteria from your teeth.

Texture—The texture of toothpaste has been perfected over the centuries so the toothpaste doesn’t dry out and retains enough moisture. The texture also helps the toothpaste to stay on the brush and on your teeth.

Preservatives—Preservatives prevent the growth of bacteria or any other form of organism in the toothpaste, so it can stay clean over a long period of time. You don’t get through an entire tube of toothpaste right away so this helps preserve the paste for you.

Tasting Agents—Toothpaste contains tasting agents that help the toothpaste taste good. Every brand has its own unique taste catered to people’s unique taste preferences.

Depending on your specific needs, there are many additional preferences or needs you can have with regards to your toothpaste.

Additional toothpaste preferences or needs may include:

  • Toothpaste for sensitive teeth
  • Anti-plaque toothpaste
  • Whitening toothpaste
  • Tartar-protector toothpaste
  • Cavity protection toothpaste
  • Fluoride toothpaste

If you have any questions about what type of toothpaste might be right for you, visit a 123Dentist.com location today! A health professional can help you assess your specific oral health needs.