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The History of Toothpaste – the Good, the Bad, and the Stinky!

When you wander into the toothpaste aisle at your local drug store today, you are probably bombarded with many different brands of toothpaste that are making numerous different claims about the results you will see if you use them. Some of the different brands claim that they can whiten your teeth, freshen your breath, destroy plaque, protect your gums, and nurture sensitive teeth. Toothpaste has not always been so useful and pleasant to use. Over the course of history, many different methods to keep teeth clean have been tried, and, since history always repeats itself, some are making comebacks. Luckily, though, many of these ancient techniques are staying just where they should – in the history of toothpaste.

Dental Floss, A Gum Saving Tool

There are two main types of dental floss available. There is thin nylon filaments which are considered regular floss and then there is plastic ribbon or taped floss. Tape floss can be gentler on the gums. Both types are used to remove food and dental plaque from your teeth. This is achieved by putting the floss between your teeth and scraping it back and forth along the gums and teeth.


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