Did you know that toothpaste dates back to almost 3000 BC? Since then, toothpaste has come a very long way. Today, we are going to give you a sneak peek into toothpaste so you can understand it better the next time you are looking for it at the store.

What is toothpaste?

Toothpaste is known as a dentifrice. It is essential to achieving positive oral health care and needs to be part of your daily oral hygiene routine. When it comes to toothpaste, there are gels and pastes for you to choose from.

Despite the variety of options at the store, there are commonalities between them. For example, abrasive agents are in the pastes that help removes food, plaque, and stains from your teeth. There are also thickeners and humectants for moisture retention.

FAQ’s on Toothpaste

Here are some of the top questions regarding toothpaste, where it comes from, and if it is important. 

Are Toothpastes Vegan? 

Many toothpastes are made with glycerin which is the fat from an animal. You will need to look for a vegan brand that is made from plants. 

Where Does Toothpaste Fluoride Come From? 

Fluoride is a mineral that is found in bodies of water. Just like other minerals, it dissolves in the groundwater that provides us with the water we drink. This mineral is added to toothpaste in order to strengthen your teeth. 

What to do When it Burns Your Mouth

Toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash can cause conditions called cheilitis, stomatitis, and eczema. This can be due to an allergic reaction to the ingredients in the product. If this is the case, discontinue use of the product and go with a natural product. 

Can it Prevent Tooth Decay? 

Brushing your teeth can most certainly prevent tooth decay. Most people choose to use toothpaste, because it makes the process of brushing teeth more enjoyable. However, fluoride products have added oral health benefits that strengthen your enamel. 

Why is Toothpaste Mint Flavored?

In order to overpower the bitter taste of the chemicals used in pastes, a flavor must be added. Generally speaking, manufacturers use menthol for flavoring versus other additives. This is the preferred flavor, because most people like it over cinnamon, orange, or other types.  

Is it Important to Use?

It’s not crucial to use toothpaste while you brush your teeth, but it can be helpful. Most people prefer paste, because it freshens their breath while they remove plaque from their teeth. 

What Are The Ingredients in Toothpaste?

One of the most important ingredients you need to look for when shopping for a toothpaste is fluoride. Fluoride will help remove plaque and prevent tooth decay by strengthening your tooth enamel. There are also other options like improving tooth sensitivity and teeth whitening agents in toothpaste as well.

Brushing Your Teeth With Toothpaste is Important

Remember, brushing is vital to your oral health, which is why our dentist, Dr. Jason Roe, is happy to help you with any questions you may have about your oral hygiene routine.

If you would like to learn more about our location in Dallas, Texas, contact us today. Otherwise, give Pro Dental Dallas a call at 972-931-1777 or visit our appointment page to schedule an appointment for your next dental cleaning.