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Many people don’t realize how long toothpaste has been around. Some evidence points to it being used in ancient Egypt! However, ancient toothpaste was much different than modern toothpaste. Egyptians would mix powdered rock and vinegar to make a paste, then use it on their teeth. Of course, today’s toothpaste works (and tastes!) infinitely better. Here are some frequently used components of modern toothpaste.

Abrasives: Most kinds of toothpaste contain ingredients that scrub away stains and plaque that are on your teeth. The ingredients need to be strong enough to scrape away plaque, but not so strong as to injure the enamel of your teeth. The abrasives also polish your smile as you brush, leaving teeth looking fresh.

Texture: The texture of your toothpaste has been improved drastically over the years in many ways.  Nowadays, the toothpaste retains enough moisture to not dry out. Having the right texture is important to the toothpaste’s function, as well–the texture helps the paste stick to your teeth.

Preservatives: Toothpaste includes preservatives to prevent the growth of bacteria and other organisms. Otherwise, your tube of toothpaste would spoil before you could use it all.

Foam: Most kinds of toothpaste contain a foaming agent. This helps the toothpaste do the best job it can at removing plaque, food, and other debris from your mouth.

Taste: Toothpaste contains ingredients designed to make the toothpaste taste better (for which we all are grateful).  There are many options and colors available. Choosing a toothpaste you like can help you maintain a consistent brushing habit.

For more information, call Smile 32 in Stockton, California, at 209-952-9290. Dr. Novan Nguyen and our team are happy to help!