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What’s In Your Toothpaste?

We all know the drill: brush twice a day, floss once a day. But with shelves overflowing with colorful tubes, have you ever stopped to wonder, “What’s actually in my toothpaste?”


Here at Ellicott Mills Dental, we want you to be informed about your oral health! So, let’s break down some of the key ingredients you might find in your toothpaste:


This superstar mineral strengthens tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay. Look for "sodium fluoride," "stannous fluoride," or "sodium monofluorophosphate" on the label.


These tiny particles help scrub away plaque and surface stains, leaving your teeth feeling smooth and clean. Common abrasives include calcium carbonate and hydrated silica.

Flavoring Agents

Brushing wouldn't be much fun without a pleasant taste! Toothpaste makers use a variety of flavorings like mint, bubblegum, and even fruit to make the experience more enjoyable.


These keep your toothpaste from drying out and turning into a crumbly mess. Glycerin and sorbitol are two common humectants.


These foaming agents help spread the toothpaste around your mouth and create a cleansing lather.

But wait, there's more!

With so many specialty toothpastes available, you might also find additional ingredients:


For people with sensitive teeth, some toothpastes contain ingredients that help block pain signals.

Whitening agents

These ingredients help remove surface stains and brighten your smile.

So, which toothpaste is right for you?

With so many options, it can be overwhelming!  That’s where your dentist comes in. Being consistent with your brushing and flossing is the most important thing. While we like a toothpaste that contains fluoride, we would prefer to assess your individual needs and recommend a toothpaste that addresses your specific concerns. Many patients have different needs and there are different toothpastes available for individual concerns.

During your next visit to Ellicott Mills Dental, talk with your dentist about the best toothpaste option for you.


We want to help you achieve a happy and healthy smile for life!

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