Does Toothpaste Ever Expire?


Posted on 9/30/2018 by Dr. Brandon Cooley
Does Toothpaste Ever Expire?There are many types of kinds of toothpaste out on the market today. Manufacturers go out of their way to provide different flavors and textures that promise to prevent cavities, reduce plaque, whiten your teeth, prevent gum disease, reduce sensitivity, and freshen your breath.

You may buy toothpaste in bulk or try different types of toothpaste. Many people have a favorite brand and flavor, but if you have wondered, does toothpaste ever expire, you are not alone.

Ingredients in Toothpaste

Times have changed not only in the technology dentistry uses, but in the way, toothpaste is manufactured, and many things are added to give the consumer assurances they are taking care of their oral health with the toothpaste just for that particular condition.

Toothpaste contains detergents to make it soluble, abrasives to clean and polish, fluoride to prevent tooth decay and strengthen the tooth's enamel, humectants which help the product keep its moisture, and flavoring to make it attractive for use in the mouth.

With people becoming more and more conscious about the environment and what they use for their personal care, you can also find toothpaste made with natural products or others that eliminate detergents and abrasives. The choices are endless.

Does Toothpaste Expire?

Just like most other perishable products, toothpaste does have an expiration date. However, new guidelines from the American Dental Association (ADA) requires manufacturers to list the use-by date. You can safely use the product, two-years after that official date, but chances are, if you are brushing your teeth twice a day, you will never have to worry about expired toothpaste.

The reason why toothpaste has an expiration date is that the fluoride in it becomes less effective and could damage the enamel. When this happens the cleaning properties which can be used on other things around the house, such as jewelry.

Try it and see how shiny your rings look after brushing them with toothpaste. If you have any questions about using toothpaste, please let us know and we will do our best to answer them all for you.
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