You Could Be Using Too Much Toothpaste

As little as we think about it, toothpaste is an essential item that we use every day. Everyone knows that we're supposed to brush our teeth at least twice a day, and it’s surprisingly very common to run out of toothpaste more quickly than it seems we should. A good question is: How much toothpaste should I be using? Most adults tend to think that it's necessary to cover the entire brushing surface of a toothbrush because of the way toothpaste is advertised on television, but that's far too much. It's only necessary for adults to use a dab the size of a pea to properly clean their teeth. The amount of toothpaste you use to clean your children’s teeth is a different story. While the amount varies by age, you should use no more than a thin streak to brush an infant’s teeth and half that amount for children older than five. By following these guidelines, you won’t have to buy toothpaste as often as you have in the past, and you'll also avoid damaging your and your child’s teeth with excessive fluoridation, which is common among those who use more toothpaste than needed.