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Do you ever want to know what your toothpaste ingredients do? If so, our Meadowdale Dental Clinic dental team is more than happy to help you! Each ingredient has its own specific job and it adds a special and needed characteristic to the toothpaste. The following are some common ingredients you might find in your paste:

Fluoride: Fluoride is a beneficial mineral that strengthens and nourishes your teeth. It penetrates the tooth enamel and gives it the ability to fight off tooth decay and enamel erosion. Because of fluoride, your smile can resist the effects of the acidic and sugary foods and beverages you consume.

Glycerol: Glycerol gives the toothpaste a consistent texture and it keeps it from drying out, making it flow smoothly out of the tube. This can be known as glycerol, glycerin, or glycerine.  When it’s not used in toothpaste, it can be used in processed foods, like yogurt and peanut butter.

Sorbitol: Sorbitol holds the toothpaste together and it also acts as a sweetening agent. Even though it sweetens the paste, it doesn’t cause cavities. This ingredient can also be used as a substitute for sugar for someone who has diabetes.

Calcium carbonate: Calcium carbonate in an abrasive ingredient that helps remove plaque, debris, and surface stains from your teeth. This ingredient can help save your smile from many dental issues, like tooth decay, gum disease, and even smile discoloration.

If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about toothpaste in Lynnwood, Washington, please call our office at (425) 361-0842 and talk to a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lois Lee if you would like to know which ingredients will help your specific smile. Our team is happy to help you!