Most of us when we brush our teeth grab our toothbrush and put toothpaste on. But why? What’s the importance of toothpaste? Flossy Brush, the maker of the best all-in-one toothbrush plus flossing device, will explore why toothpaste is important in brushing and for our overall oral health care.
THE IMPORTANCE OF TOOTHPASTE
Toothpaste has been around a long time, probably since the dawn of humans who had a desire to have clean teeth (or at least teeth without food stuck in-between the teeth). There is evidence of toothpaste being used in ancient Egypt thousands of years ago where the ancient Egyptians would use powdered rock and mix it with vinegar into a paste. Ancient Greeks and Romans used toothpaste as well as people in China and India first around 500 BC.
The development of modern toothpastes began in the nineteenth century. Early toothpastes contained soap, and chalk was added in the 1850s. As you can imagine, this toothpaste didn’t taste very good. Toothpastes were usually powders. Colgate began mass producing toothpaste in the 1870s, and toothpaste came in jars. They were the first to introduce toothpaste in a tube in the 1890s. It wasn’t until the 1940s that soap began to be replaced as the main ingredient with other ingredients to make it smoother.
Modern toothpastes began in the second half of the twentieth century where toothpastes began to target specific diseases or conditions. Fluoride found its way in toothpaste in 1914 to help prevent tooth decay.
Toothpaste has many ingredients to help clean your teeth. Below are the main ingredients that contribute to good oral health care:
- Abrasives. Abrasives in toothpaste help scrub away stains and plaque on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film on your teeth that is a layer of bacteria that can cause cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss.These abrasives are specially formulated to be effective against plaque but not damage the enamel on your teeth, which is the hard, outer surface layer that protects against tooth decay. Abrasives also help in the polishing process of your teeth.
- Foam. Foam in toothpaste is quite effective in helping to dislodge plaque and food debris from your teeth and also helps fight bacteria in your mouth.
- Texture.Toothpaste needs to be moist to be effective while brushing. Texture helps to keep the paste itself from drying out.
- Preservatives. Preservatives allow your tube of toothpaste to last a long time, preventing the growth of bacteria or any other unhealthy microbes in the toothpaste.
- Fluoride. Toothpaste usually contains fluoride, which helps strengthen the structure of the tooth and create more resistance to decay. Fluoride also promotes remineralization, which aids in repairing early tooth decay.
- Taste. Most of us pick out our toothpaste based on taste. This is especially important for kids, so they will be more apt to continue with good oral health care.
Toothpastes today focus on different oral hygiene areas as well. Some of these include:
- Sensitive teeth toothpaste
- Anti-plaque toothpaste
- Whitening toothpaste
- Tartar toothpaste
- Cavity fighting toothpaste
- Fluoride toothpaste
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