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Phone: (971) 708-1608
2831 SE Cornelius Pass Rd.
Hillsboro OR 97123

Jeff R. Call, DMD, FAGD, FICOI
Dix C. Densley, DDS, FAGD, FICOI

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Does Toothpaste Expire? How Often You Need to Replace Your Toothpaste

Posted on 12/23/2016 by Century Dental LLC
A piece of expired toothpaste on a toothbrush.
How often do you change out your toothpaste? Do you ever look for an expiration date on the tube before you buy it? Instead of having you guess if the fluoride in your new toothpaste is starting to decline in its efficacy, the FDA is now recommending that toothpaste manufacturers carry some type of an expiration date on the tube itself. This way, you know when you are getting the most out of your purchase.

Getting Rid of Old Toothpaste

Most people buy a new tube of toothpaste when the old one runs out. Sometimes, you move and toss that tube in a box and lose it for a month or six. When you come across is while unpacking, is it still good? The general rule of thumb is when you buy a tube of toothpaste, it will expire approximately two years after it was manufactured, for standard types and brands of toothpaste.

This also means that if you are the type to buy lots of toothpaste when it goes on sale and has a great coupon to boot, you may want to be careful about how many you have in storage. Instead of stockpiling it up for a nuclear revolution, you may want to only have a couple tubes lying around.

If you come across an old tube of toothpaste that you cannot find an expiration date on, you should error on the side of caution and toss it. It is not going to be quite as damaging to you as eating old food, but it certainly isn't going to do you any favors, either. Take the time to keep track of how old your toothpaste is so that you can make sure you are getting all of the positive benefits that toothpaste has to offer.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your toothpaste.

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