Toothpaste Files: What is in it?| West Palm Beach Dentist

Everyone knows that the basis of good oral health is brushing your teeth! Here are some facts about toothpaste that you should know.

Toothpaste comes in many shapes and forms. Despite its name, it doesn’t always have to be a paste. It can be a gel, powder, or past. Toothpaste is vital to good oral health because it helps to remove plaque and its bacterial buildup on teeth.

What is in toothpaste?

The formula for toothpaste varies with each type or brand, but they all should contain around the same type of ingredients.

  • Detergents, such as sodium lauryl sarcosinate make toothpaste foamy.
  • Fluoride to help make enamel stronger and more resistant to decay.
  • Thickeners like seaweed or mineral colloids, synthetic cellulose, or natural gum help give toothpaste its texture.
  • Gentle abrasives such as magnesium carbonate, dehydrated silica gels, calcium carbonate, hydrated aluminum oxides, and phosphate salts.

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