Guide to Toothpaste
By Luke Chapman, Content Writer
With our toothpaste guide, you can find out everything you need to know before buying or using the product including does charcoal toothpaste work and does toothpaste get rid of spots. If you're ready to buy or want to see our selection, visit our toothpaste page.
Does charcoal toothpaste work?
Charcoal toothpaste has become the latest fad in oral care, and like many fads, many people are wondering if it's the real deal or if it will be just another passing phase.
We can confirm that charcoal does work, though there is no evidence to suggest that it works better than fluoride powered toothpaste. Some swear by activated charcoal toothpaste and claim that it has significantly whitened their teeth, though there are few scientific basis to this claim.
If you want to indulge in the latest phase of charcoal in oral care, there is no reason not to, however, there's also no reason to stray from fluoride based toothpaste if that's what you've already been using. Both are equally adept at cleaning your teeth, though charcoal toothpaste does offer a new colour which can add something new to your daily routine.
Does toothpaste get rid of spots?
As well as cleaning your teeth, toothpaste has a couple of other useful functions, one of which is helping calm outbreaks of spots. The formula of most toothpaste contains active ingredients and bleaching agents which fight against spots and blackheads.
Toothpaste combines a plethora of chemicals which effectively dry out spots by absorbing the oil. Menthol reduces irritation and the antibacterial properties calms inflammation and fights infection. After a couple of days, the spot should have reduced considerably in size and redness.
Though toothpaste helps soothing spots and blackheads, it needs to be accompanied by specific skin care products. Using toothpaste by itself isn't enough to calm breakouts of spots.
Is toothpaste vegan?
Like many areas of beauty, toothpaste has vegan options though the main brands typically aren't fully vegan friendly. The main area of concern is glycerin, which is sometimes vegan but oftentimes contains animal bi-products. It's often derived from fats and those fats come from animal sources.
Vegan toothpaste is becoming more commonplace in the industry: some brands are capitalising on the growing demand for vegan products and have created entirely vegan toothpaste. Our website has a simple-to-use filter and categorisation system which allows you to search for vegan toothpaste.
When was toothpaste invented?
The earliest records of toothpaste date back to 300 to 500 BC, originating from India and China. A Chinese man named Huang Ti studied oral care and discovered that teeth could be aided by putting gold in between teeth. As you can imagine, the way toothpaste was formed and used hundreds of years ago differs greatly from how we know it today.
The first toothbrush was said to be recorded 3000 years earlier, and often the richest in society would strive to find the latest tools to help clean their teeth. The electric toothbrush was invented in 1960, though it didn't come to prominence until 21st Century when it became more widely available.
The formulas of toothpaste continues to evolve, and it wouldn't be surprising if the remedy of effective toothpastes changes completely in the next hundred years.
How much toothpaste to use?
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as using too much toothpaste. Nearly every toothpaste contains fluoride, which is a potent ingredient that needs to be used with care. Too much toothpaste can cause dental fluorisis, which discolours your teeth and sometimes leads to spots of enamel.
Leading dentists recommend using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, which covers around half of the bristles on an average brush. This is considered sufficient for a single brushing session, which you should do twice per day - every morning and every evening. For reference, a study discovered that 3-6 year-olds were using the correct amount of toothpaste, so if you have a child in that age range, you can take a few tips from them.
You should aim to spend around two minutes per brushing session, and with the right amount of toothpaste to avoid excess foam. The foamy texture blocks your brush from getting to key areas and prevents you from brushing every crevice.
Written by Luke Chapman
After six years of experience in content writing, Luke followed his passion for male grooming, particularly fragrances, hair styling and natural skin care.