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Are You Using Too Little Toothpaste?

Posted on 1/17/2017 by Dr. Brahmbhatt
A toothbrush with too much toothpaste on it.
If you've ever watched a toothpaste commercial, you've seen the people in the ads covering all of the bristles with a thick layer. Of course, seeing it in the ads, you think this is the proper amount.

The truth is, however, that this is way too much toothpaste, and can be doing more harm than good. You don't need nearly as much as you're lead to believe. So, you use less. But using too little can have a negative impact too.

Benefits of Toothpaste

You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Toothpaste, when used properly offers a whole host of benefits. It contains abrasives which help to scrub off plaque, bacteria and surface stains. It also is great for giving you clean, fresh breath.

What Happens if You Use Too Much?
Too much toothpaste adds additional abrasives to your teeth that are completely unnecessary. They can also contribute to wear on your enamel as well as gum recession.

As your gums recede, you expose the roots of your teeth become exposed and the abrasives that are supposed to be helping your teeth can be damaging to these sensitive areas. Extra toothpaste also just creates extra mess, and may even cause you to stop brushing before the recommended two minutes is up.

What About If You Use Too Little?
At the same time, using too little toothpaste can be just as bad. Without enough on your brush, you don't get the same bacteria fighting power. There are not enough abrasives available to scrub plaque and bacteria from your teeth. Leaving too much of these things on your teeth can greatly increase your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease.

How Much is Enough?
For adults, all you need on your toothbrush is a pea sized amount. This amount is just enough to get your teeth clean without causing damage or excess mess. Children only need about half of this amount, which is enough to clean their smaller mouths (but not enough for adults.

The right amount of toothpaste helps to keep your teeth clean and healthy. If you have any questions about toothpaste or brushing, don't be afraid to contact our office today.

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