Toothpaste as a Whole

Making Brushing Better


Dentifrice or toothpaste is an agent used to help when brushing and can be found in the form of pastes, gels, or powders.  Toothpaste may be pleasant on taste and the smell of ones breath; however, it has a deeper purpose for your mouth.  Its predominant role is to combat plaque that can form on teeth and gums, however, lets not forget the gentle assistance is provides when brushing.  It feels much easier on the mouth to brush with toothpaste than without.


So what makes up the average toothpaste?  Most have the following ingredients:


  1. Mild Abrasives
  2. Fluoride
  3. Flavoring
  4. Detergents
  5. Humectants


Abrasives remove debris and stains while fluoride is used to help in preventing tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel.  Flavoring doesn’t do much for your teeth, although it does make it more enjoyable given the slightly sweet, and when added, slightly minty taste.  Detergents give way to that ever present foaming action while humectants are added to prevent water loss in the toothpaste itself.


There are many brands of toothpastes available that also help in regards to sensitive teeth and tartar, while other brands zero in on excessive staining and bad breath.  Although the FDA or U.S. Food and Drug Administration approve all toothpastes on store shelves, you should always look for the ADA Seal for further reassurance.  With all the fire power loaded in a tube of toothpaste, tackling good oral hygiene is simply a few brushes a day, away.