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Chemistry in a Tube

Did you know the Egyptians were the first people to use toothpaste? Or that manufacturers must submit scientific results to get the ADA seal?

Take a look at the high-tech chemistry you squeeze onto your toothbrush every day, which includes abrasives, detergents, thickeners, flavoring agents, and lots more besides fluoride.

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Orange Juice and Toothpaste

Orange Juice and Toothpaste

Have you ever drank orange juice right after brushing your teeth? If so, then you know it tastes, well, odd. Find out how one of the ingredients in toothpaste affects your sweet taste buds. More...

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Science Made Simple
Shark Teeth Have Built-In Toothpaste

Shark Teeth Have Built-In Toothpaste

Have your ever found a shark's tooth washed upon the shore? Have you ever found one with a cavity? You won't. Here's why. More...

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Discovery
Weird Science: Secrets of Toothpaste

Weird Science: Secrets of Toothpaste

The first toothpaste was made of mint, flowers, salt, and pepper. While it made your gums bleed, it wasn't the most hazardous compound created. This video will have you saying "I didn't know that!" More...

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National Geographic
Homemade Toothpaste Recipes Put to the Test

Homemade Toothpaste Recipes Put to the Test

Ever wondered if you can make your own toothpaste? You can! Mix up one of these tested, and easy, concoctions. More...

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Fox News
How Does Fluoride Work?

How Does Fluoride Work?

One of the most important ingredients in toothpaste is fluoride. Your dentist might also give you a fluoride treatment. Why is it so important for healthy teeth? Get the details. More...

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KidsHealth
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Why Is Brushing with Toothpaste Important?

Why Is Brushing with Toothpaste Important?

You know you should brush your teeth after every meal. But why do you need toothpaste? Why not just use water? Find out. More...

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Academy of General Dentistry
PacSci-Doku: Modern Pollution

PacSci-Doku: Modern Pollution

Did you know there's something in your toothpaste that's adding to worldwide pollution? Play this Sudoku-inspired game to get the answer. More...

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Pacific Science Center
Toothpaste and Pets

Toothpaste and Pets

While it's good for your teeth, the fluoride in toothpaste can be pretty bad for dogs. Find out what else to watch out for when picking toothpaste for your pets. More...

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ASPCA
Toothpaste Development

Toothpaste Development

Scientists explain the ingredients used and the process of making toothpaste. Creating the mixture found on store shelves is not as simple as you might think! More...

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Newton/Department of Energy
What Makes Toothpaste Work?

What Makes Toothpaste Work?

Why does some toothpaste feel gritty? Explore the benefits of abrasives when it comes to cleaning your teeth. More...

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Human Touch of Chemistry

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