Toothpaste is an essential part of your oral hygiene. Back in the early days of America, Pilgrims used twigs and sticks to clean teeth in a much more primitive form of tooth cleaning. We are lucky in modern times to have a plethora of choices in toothbrushes, toothpastes, flosses, and mouthwashes. Challenge yourself to a quiz on some interesting toothpaste facts.
Q1. True or false – Toothpaste never expires. Q2. True or false – Toothpaste becomes rancid after two years. Q3. True or false – Toothpaste has a substance that influences your taste buds beyond just a temporary minty overtone.
A1. FALSE – Expiration dates on toothpaste are actually a requirement of the American Dental Association (ADA). This may seem odd since you don’t actually swallow toothpaste (or you shouldn’t, anyway). However, these dates are meant for the purpose of ensuring that the fluoride in the product is at maximum effectiveness while you use it. A2. FALSE – Two years is the usual expiration date for purposes of fluoride potency, but the substance will probably look and smell the same as always at that point. There is a chance that the viscosity of the paste will change as time marches on, making it harder to squeeze out of the tube successfully. A3. TRUE – Ideally, you won’t be eating or drinking anything following brushing your teeth. The American Dental Association and most dentist recommend you brush teeth after you eat as opposed to before a meal. However, sometimes you wake up early and want to eradicate your morning breath, or you commit to a late breakfast with friends and want fresh breath for the occasion. Have you ever taken a sip of orange juice shortly after brushing your teeth? Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is the reason that your toothpaste expands into foam and suds, but can also alter the way certain foods and beverages taste for a while after you brush.
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