Do you know how much toothpaste you should be using when you brush your teeth? While you might answer “yes” to that question, the truth is you probably don’t know how much toothpaste you should be using.
Using too much toothpaste when you brush can actually damage your teeth, not to mention end up costing you a lot of money. We will help you learn how much toothpaste you should be using each and every time you brush your teeth.
Don’t Cover the Entire Head of the Toothbrush with Toothpaste
Most adults, and even most children, believe that covering the head of the toothbrush needs to be completely covered with toothpaste. This is a myth.
The belief that you need to cover the entire head of the toothbrush with toothpaste came from advertisements. Manufacturers of toothpaste and other dental products often show a toothbrush with a giant glob of toothpaste over the entire head. This is done solely for marketing purposes and does not represent how much toothpaste you should be using.
The following things can happen when you use too much toothpaste on a regular basis:
- Damage occurs because of excessive fluoridation
- Damage to the enamel can occur if harsh whitening toothpaste is used
- A need to purchase toothpaste more often than you should as a result of using too much
Discover How Much Toothpaste You Should Really be Using
The amount of toothpaste you should be using will really vary depending upon your age. The following are the recommended amounts for various ages:
- Infants and children under 5 – an extremely small, thin streak of toothpaste
- Children between 5 and 14 – a tiny dot that is approximately half the size of the adult amount
- Adults – a small drop that is about the size of a pea
The friendly staff at Cocoa Beach Family Dentistry can help you learn how much toothpaste you should be using. Ask our dental hygienists or dentist to show you during your next appointment.