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Other Uses for Toothpaste

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Usually, you apply toothpaste to your brush and clean your teeth. While this application is certainly the most common use of toothpaste, it’s not the only one. Protecting your teeth against decay and keeping your breath are important, but toothpaste can actually do other things, including:

Heal insect bites and stings
Apply a dab of traditional white paste, to the affected area and leave it there. The toothpaste actually helps relieve itching and irritation.

Eliminate markings on the walls and wood furniture
If your little one has left artistic expressions on your walls or furniture, plain white toothpaste works wonders at getting rid of crayon marks and markers. Though it won’t remove paint, you may want to try it on a test spot to make sure it doesn’t change the color.

Remove scratches in DVDs and CDs
Because DVDs and CDs are somewhat fragile, scratches and nicks can easily ruin these sources of entertainment. Rinse the disk with water and rub old-fashioned toothpaste in the cracks to create a smooth playing surface.

Treat acne
When an unexpected pimple appears out of no where, try a dab of original toothpaste. Cover the area before bed time and you should wake up to a clear face.

Erase scuffs on shoes
Rub toothpaste on the white part of sneakers to remove black marks and scuffs.

Cover nail holes in walls
For the small imperfections left by pictures, posters, or other wall hangings, apply paste to the hole and use a putty knife to smooth it out. You may need to touch up the paint after the toothpaste dries.

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Fun Facts about Toothpaste

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

You brush every day to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Most people don’t think much about their toothpaste, except whether they like gel or paste. These interesting tidbits about toothpaste might surprise you.

Read on to learn more about toothpaste, and share these cool facts with your friends!

  • Before modern toothpaste existed, people tried all kinds of dry, rough substances to clean their teeth, such as crushed eggshell, pumice, and the burnt hooves of animals.
  • In the past, brushing your teeth wasn’t important so many people had black, rotten teeth, including Queen Elizabeth I.
  • Toothpaste is often flavored from plants like spearmint and peppermint.
  • Dicalcium phosphate dehydrate is the abrasive in toothpaste that helps remove leftover food and plaque from teeth. It makes up about 1/5th of the toothpaste tube.
  • Colgate began selling the first commercial brand of toothpaste in 1873. Crest made its U.S. debut in 1955.
  • A document from the 4th century A.D. provided a recipe of ingredients needed for the perfect smile: one drachma (one hundredth of an ounce) of rock salt, two drachmas of mint, one drachma of dried iris flower, and 20 grains of pepper, all crushed and mixed together.
  • Found in shampoo and soap, surfactants are the ingredients that allow the paste to foam and they help spread the toothpaste over your teeth.
  • Other than texture and flavor, gels and pastes work the same so it’s a matter of personal preference.
  • The most important ingredient in toothpaste is fluoride, which helps strengthen enamel and prevent cavities. Don’t use fluoride toothpaste on children under two because they can ingest too much and cause staining on their teeth.

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The 411 on Toothpaste Varieties

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Television commercials and print ads inundate consumers with toothpaste options that promise to provide whiter, healthier smiles. All these choices can cause you to wander aimlessly down the toothpaste aisle feeling overwhelmed. Understanding what these products really offer can help you find the right toothpaste for your family.

Follow these helpful hints as you make your selection:

Fluoride matters
No matter what you want, from tartar-control to breath-freshening toothpastes, choose a product with fluoride. Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste can reduce tooth decay by up to 40 percent.

Watch for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal
Only toothpastes that have the scientific data to back up their claims and that meet the ADA’s criteria for safety and effectiveness receive this seal. Stay away from any product that doesn’t have the ADA stamp on it.

Whitening pastes actually work
Although the results are temporary, whitening toothpastes will brighten your smile. These products contain mild abrasives that erase surface stains on your teeth and more effectively remove those stains, so you should notice a difference in how white your teeth look.

Technique matters more than the toothpaste
Even with the best toothpaste on the market, you won’t see exceptional results if you don’t brush correctly. Place the brush at a 45-degree angle to get some of the bristles in between the tooth and the gums; then, make small, circular motions until you cover your entire mouth.

The ingredients might surprise you
Many people don’t realize that toothpastes actually contain things like seaweed and detergent. For instance, seaweed colloids, mineral colloids, and natural gums are used as common thickening agents. Also found in many shampoos and body washes, sodium lauryl sulfate creates the foaming action we experience and is deemed 100 percent safe by the ADA.

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