• Dr. Sonal Naidu Addal

Did you know how much Toothpaste should be used by children & Adults!?

Updated: Dec 10, 2019

Have you seen those commercials where they show a toothbrush full of tooth paste and still more, and then they show you all the good things it does in a very fancy and dramatic way!!!

Lets talk about tooth pastes today, this is what wikipedia has to say about it:

Toothpaste is a paste or gel dentrifice used with a toothbrush to clean and maintain the aesthetics and health of teeth. Toothpaste is used to promote oral hygiene: it is an abrasive that aids in removing dental plaque and food from the teeth, assists in suppressing halitosis, and delivers active ingredients (most commonly fluoride) to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

So we come to know the functions of toothpaste and what it contains but there’s one thing which is a very unknown fact about tooth pastes, no where is it mentioned or talked about or shown what’s the quantity of tooth paste which should be used while we use it! So let's discuss this, the usage of toothpaste varies from children to adults. Toothpaste has all the benefits but its ultimately made up of chemicals and we need to limit that which is going inside our system, this is said, as absorption starts from oral cavity and saliva so any excess is bound to get ingested, in a very little amount in a chronic way! I have seen people having a notion about using a good quantity of tooth paste to clean the oral cavity, more paste, better cleansing action!

The ideal quantity required for adults to clean their teeth is a pea sized amount of tooth paste spread evenly over the tooth brush and for children until the age of 7-8 years is of a size of a rice grain spread evenly on the surface of their tooth brush, spreading evenly not only makes sure that tooth paste is distributed properly but also prevents a chunk of toothpaste being put in area and later swallowed in or spit out without usage. This will ensure that right quantity of abrasives come in contact with the tooth via toothpaste and we prevent excessive abrasion from toothpaste which happens at macro level and is harmful later in time. Also it saves a dime or more as we use tooth paste judiciously and hence it lasts longer and most importantly it reduces the ingestion of chemicals in our system.

To conclude, use less quantity of tooth paste and use effective ways of brushing and good brushes to make cleaning effective!

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