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Does The Colour Of Toothpaste Matter? by diiwanna(m): 3:36pm On May 30, 2013
Does the colour of toothpaste matter?

Toothpaste is used to promote oral hygiene: it serves as an abrasive that aids in removing the dental plaque and food from the teeth, assists in suppressing halitosis, and delivers active ingredients (mainly fluoride) to help prevent tooth and gum disease (gingivitis). It would interest you to know that most of the cleaning is achieved by the mechanical action of the toothbrush, and not by the toothpaste. Salt and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) are among materials that can be substituted for commercial toothpaste. Toothpaste is not intended to be swallowed, but is generally not very harmful if accidentally swallowed in small amounts (that is to say if you use am chop bread you shall kpai).
In addition to 20-42% water, toothpastes are derived from a variety of components, including three main ones: abrasives, fluoride, and detergents.
Fluoride in various forms is the most popular active ingredient in toothpaste to prevent cavities. Fluoride occurs in small amounts in plants, animals, and some natural water sources. The additional fluoride in toothpaste has beneficial effects on the formation of dental enamel and bones.
Many toothpastes make whitening claims. Some of these toothpastes contain peroxide, the same ingredient found in tooth bleaching gels.

Many consumers have started to switch over to natural toothpastes to avoid synthetic and artificial flavors that are commonly found in regular toothpastes. Due to the increased demand of natural products, most of the toothpaste manufacturers now produce herbal toothpastes. This type of toothpaste does not contain dyes or artificial flavors. Don’t get it twisted, they arnt any better, its just a switch from artificial to natural flavours.

Coloring agents: this give a pleasing color to the toothpaste. Titanium dioxide is commonly used to give toothpaste its white color. Artificial dyes are added to make red, blue and green toothpastes

Sodium Saccharine (Sweetening agent): This ingredient is added to the toothpaste to make it sweet. Toothpaste without a sweetening agent does not taste good. i just so you buy it, sodium saccharine is used.

Flavour (not the musician): Nowadays, a number of flavours are used, to impart a yummy taste to the toothpaste. People experience fresh breath due to these enhanced flavouring agents. Mint is the most popular flavour, that ensures you enjoy brushing your teeth.
But the general misconception is that a minty paste is considered to be very good.

Toothpaste ingredients are classified as, either active or inactive. Active ingredients are those, that strengthen and protect the teeth from bacteria. They work to improve your dental health. On the other hand, inactive ingredients do not clean your teeth. They are added to keep the texture, and improve the taste of the toothpaste

So you see, whether you use a red, white, green or blue toothpaste, all that really matters is the Flouride.

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