Posted on 7/23/2019 by Crossroads Family Dental
|If someone asked you how much toothpaste you should use, you probably first think of the most recent toothpaste ad you've seen. These ads show a strip of toothpaste that takes up the entire brush.
But that's not exactly the perfect amount of toothpaste. Instead, like many commercials, the amount shown in these ads is very photogenic, but it's actually more toothpaste than you really need to use.
A Pea Sized Dab Of Toothpaste Is all You Need
Many people follow what the ads show and put a long strip of toothpaste all down their brush, but that's actually much more than what you really need. An adult only needs to use about a pea-sized bit of toothpaste every time they brush. In fact, toothpaste isn't really that necessary at all.
While today's toothpastes contain fluoride and other ingredients that help your teeth, originally, all toothpastes did was make your mouth feel fresh. It didn't actually do anything to help your oral health!
Kids Need Less
Children don't require even that much toothpaste. For infants, all you need is a very small amount. Children over five can use about half of the amount you would use on your own teeth.
Using all that extra toothpaste doesn't really hurt anything, but it is wasteful. Toothpaste companies show off that nice swirl of toothpaste because it makes people think that's the normal amount to use. This makes them go through toothpaste more quickly.
You do need to be careful that you don't use too much fluoridated toothpaste, though. That can actually over-fluoridate your teeth, which can lead to some issues. Simply stick to using a small dab and you'll not only keep your teeth healthy, but you'll also save money.
Have questions about how much toothpaste is “a dab” or want to talk about brushing techniques? Give us a call today.