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The substance we now know as “toothpaste” has a long history. Some evidence points to it even being used in ancient Egypt! It looked a lot different back then–Egyptians would mix powdered rock and vinegar to make a paste, and use it to clean their teeth. Of course, today’s toothpaste is much more advanced, with both the effectiveness and the taste much improved. Here are some of the usual components of modern toothpaste.


Abrasives: Most kinds of toothpaste contain mildly abrasive substances that help scrub stains and plaque away from your teeth. The trick is, they have to be strong enough to scrape away plaque, but not strong enough to scrape the tooth enamel. The abrasive ingredients also serve to polish your teeth as you brush.


Texture: The texture of your toothpaste has been perfected over the years. The toothpaste now retains enough moisture to not dry out and should feel pleasant in the mouth. Having the right texture is important not only to the mouth-feel but to the function also, as the texture helps the paste stick to your teeth.

Preservatives: Toothpaste has preservatives to prevent the growth of bacteria and other organisms. If this were not the case, your toothpaste would spoil easily.

Foam: Most kinds of toothpaste contain a foaming agent. The foaming action increases the efficiency with which the toothpaste removes plaque and debris from your teeth.

Taste: Toothpaste contains ingredients designed to make the toothpaste taste better. There are many flavor options and colors available to make your brushing experience more pleasant than it otherwise would be.

For more information, call Best Dentistry in Seattle, Washington, at 206-783-3000. Dr. Linh Nguyen and our team are happy to help!