Toothpaste today works great and tastes great, but that was not always the case. Through its long history, toothpaste has taken many forms. Ancient Egyptians, for example, would mix powdered rock with vinegar, then use that to clean their teeth. Thankfully, toothpaste today is much more advanced. But what is in modern toothpaste?
Abrasives: Toothpaste has mildly abrasive ingredients. These help scrub stains and plaque away from your teeth. They have to be strong enough to scrape away plaque, but not so abrasive that they scrape the tooth enamel. These ingredients also polish your teeth as you brush.
Texture: The texture of your toothpaste has been much improved over the years, to the benefit of everyone involved. Modern toothpaste does not dry out, and has a pleasant mouthfeel. Having the right texture matters to the function of the toothpaste, as well–the texture helps the paste stick to your teeth.
Preservatives: The preservative present in toothpaste prevent the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms. Otherwise, your toothpaste would spoil quickly.
Foam: Most toothpastes contain ingredients that cause it to foam in the mouth. This makes the paste much more efficient at removing food and debris.
Taste: Toothpaste contains ingredients to make it taste better, for which we are grateful. There are many flavor options available to make your brushing experience refreshing and pleasant.
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