Toothpaste has a long history; some evidence points to it being used in ancient Egypt. Egyptians would mix powdered rock and vinegar to make a paste, and use it on their teeth. Of course, today’s toothpaste works (and tastes!) much better. Here are some common components of modern toothpaste.
Abrasives: Most toothpastes contain ingredients that assist in scrubbing away stains and plaque that are on your teeth. They have to be strong enough to scrape away plaque, but not so strong as to scrape the tooth enamel. The abrasives also polish your teeth as you brush.
Texture: The texture of your toothpaste has been perfected over the years, so that the toothpaste retains enough moisture to not dry out. Having the right texture is important, as the texture helps the paste stick to your teeth.
Preservatives: To prevent the growth of bacteria and other organisms, toothpaste has preservatives in it. This is so that you don’t get living organisms in the toothpaste, spoiling it.
Foam: Most toothpastes contain a foaming agent, because this allows the paste to have maximum efficiency at removing food and debris.
Taste: Each toothpaste has an ingredient designed to make the toothpaste taste better; for which we are grateful. Taste combinations are often proprietary, but rest assured, there are may options and colors available.
For more information, call Transcend Dental in Royersford, Pennsylvania, at 484.369.8625. Dr. Jared Ayes and our team are happy to help!