Good oral hygiene habits help in keeping the teeth clean and healthy. It is also important in the prevention of tooth decay, mouth odour and gum disease.
Tooth brushing is an important aspect of oral hygiene, and it is recommended to use a soft or medium bristled toothbrush with a toothpaste containing fluoride. Did you know that up until 1945, toothpaste contained soap?
The early version of toothpaste containing soap was introduced by a dentist - Dr Peaboy in 1824. Thereafter, in 1945, soap was replaced by detergents (e.g Sodium Lauryl Sulphate), because of its unpleasant taste and its inability to mix with other ingredients.
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) is a common ingredient that is present in modern-day toothpaste. It is what makes toothpaste foam, it has a mild antibacterial effect and gives the paste a smooth emulsified look.