Toothpaste has been around for a long time! Some evidence points to it being used as far back as ancient Egypt. Egyptians would mix powdered rock with enough vinegar to make a paste, then use it on their teeth. Of course, today’s toothpaste works (and tastes!) much better than in ancient times.
Most toothpastes contain certain ingredients that assist in scrubbing away stains and plaque that are on your teeth. These abrasives need to be strong enough to scrape away plaque, but not so strong as to scrape the tooth enamel. They polish your teeth as you brush; they also affect the texture of the toothpaste. The texture of your toothpaste has been perfected over the years, so that the toothpaste always retains enough moisture to not dry out. Having the right texture is extremely important, as the texture actually helps the paste stay on your toothbrush, and stick to your teeth.
Toothpaste has preservatives in it, to prevent the growth of bacteria and other organisms. This way you don’t get living organisms in the toothpaste, spoiling it. Most toothpastes also contain a foaming agent, because this allows the paste to have maximum efficiency in removing food and debris. Each toothpaste has an ingredient list designed to make the toothpaste taste better; for which we are all grateful. Taste combinations are often proprietary, but there are may options and colors available.
For more information, call Star Dental in Roseville, California, at 916.773.6222. Dr. Sonny Ashfar and our team are happy to help you!