Toothpaste, Did You Know?

February 18, 2014

"The first toothpaste was made in China and India in 300/500 BC. They used abrasives such as bone, eggs and oyster shells. Later tooth powders were made with powdered charcoal, powdered bark and flavoring agents. In Britain in the late eighteenth century the modern toothpowder or dentifrice was made available. The soap in this formula was replaced after World War II with Sodium Lauryl Sulphate an emulsifying agent. Our mouth contains over 500 types of microorganisms. Some of these create sticky plaque from the food residues in your mouth. The bacteria feed on leftover food to create acid and volatile sulfur molecules. The acid eats into the tooth enamel to produce cavities while volatile sulfur molecules give breath its foul odor. Toothpaste works with the toothbrush to remove the sticky plaque and polish the surface of the tooth. Fluoride in various forms helps to prevent tooth decay by making the tooth less affected by the acid in plaque. Other ingredients can include anti-bacterial agents, remineralizers, whitening ingredients and anti-sensitivie agents. Pick toothpaste that is not too abrasive and that will remove tooth enamel. Talk to your dentist or hygienist as to what will be the best paste to meet your needs.

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