Stop Wasting Toothpaste

If you are like most people, you are using way too much toothpaste. It’s not a big deal, but your toothpaste could last a lot longer if you used the right amount. 

I was watching a TV show the other day and a commercial about toothpaste came on. Being a dental student, almost anything having to do with teeth draws my attention, so I watched it. Right away, I noticed that the person using the toothpaste used a huge amount. I mean, he completely covered the toothbrush with toothpaste and some even ended up on the counter! Now, I know that this was probably a marketing strategy in order to sell more toothpaste. But, I started remembering all the times I saw my friends and family use toothpaste and realized that they all use way too much.

How much toothpaste do you actually need?

According to Dr. Chris Chamberlin, you only need a small, pea-sized amount of toothpaste when brushing your teeth. This is because the toothpaste doesn’t actually do that much cleaning, the toothbrush is what does most of the work. The toothpaste is used more to freshen the mouth and act as an additional abrasive cleaner. In fact, when you use too much toothpaste, you end up spitting the excess out into the sink without it even touching your teeth.

So, next time you are brushing your teeth, save yourself a few bucks and stick to a pea sized amount!


Dental Secrets is providing this information for informational purposes only. Please consult a dentist or health advisor for questions. These materials are intended, but not promised or guaranteed to be current, complete or up to date.

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