Toothpaste is a paste or gel dentifrice used with a toothbrush as an accessory to clean and maintain the aesthetics and health of teeth. Toothpaste is used to promote oral hygiene: it serves as an abrasive that aids in removing the dental plaque and food from the teeth, assists in suppressing halitosis, and delivers active ingredients (mainly fluoride) to help prevent tooth and gum disease (gingivitis). Most of the cleaning is achieved by the mechanical action of the toothbrush, and not by the toothpaste. Salt and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) are among materials that can be substituted for commercial toothpaste. Toothpaste is not intended to be swallowed, but is generally not very harmful if accidentally swallowed in small amounts.

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History - Striped Toothpaste
... Striped toothpaste was invented by a New Yorker named Leonard Lawrence Marraffino in 1955 ... usually white, sits at the crimp end of the toothpaste tube and makes up most of its bulk ... When pressure is applied to the toothpaste tube, the main material squeezes down the thin pipe to the nozzle ...
Automatic Toothpaste Dispenser
... The Automatic toothpaste dispenser or Toothpaste pump is a device used to contain and dispense toothpaste, akin to a tube ... technical difficulties with the item before the item was perfected, these included storing the toothpaste in the tube without it drying out or indeed ... Henkel were the first sell their toothpaste in a pump ...
Toothpaste Kisses
... "Toothpaste Kisses" is the name of a track from The Maccabees' album Colour It In ... or more and have kept many of their photographs to star in the music video for "Toothpaste Kisses" ...
Sodium Monofluorophosphate - Uses of MFP
... MFP is best known as an ingredient in toothpastes ... Though developed by a chemist at Procter and Gamble, its use in toothpaste (Colgate toothpaste) was patented by Colgate-Palmolive, as Procter and Gamble was engaged in the ...
A Good Opportunity - Songs - "Femident Toothpaste"
... This is the boys' jingle for the Femident toothpaste commercial ... In the ad, Bret and Jemaine are dressed as toothpaste being squeezed out of Femident toothpaste tubes ...

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