When you look at the many dental products available in the store, do you even think to check expiration dates? Many people may not realize that it’s important to pay attention to when these products expire, as they could be harmful to the body after they have completed their full shelf life.
Although expiration dates for foods like meats and dairy are entirely different than those on lotions and lipsticks, it’s still important to take notice. Except for medication, product expiration dates aren’t federally regulated.
Some dental products have expiration dates, and some don’t. Thankfully, your dentist in Colorado Springs is here to help you discover the best ways to choose your dental products when shopping.
Choosing Your Toothpaste
Have you found yourself rummaging through old travel bags when you’ve run out of toothpaste? Maybe there’s that one travel-sized toothpaste that you brought on your summer vacation from 3 years ago in your carryon bag from 2013.
Although this may not be completely dangerous to use, the effectiveness of your toothpaste fades after 2 years of the manufactured date. Overall, the toothpaste may lack in minty flavor and the fluoride contained in the toothpaste will not work to build up the enamel of your teeth. Not only will your mouth miss out on mint, but this old toothpaste will have virtually no dental health benefits at all.
How can you avoid this problem? When you shop for toothpaste, try looking for a dental product that has just began its shelf life and that may also have a two-for-one deal. It’s always better to have more than one toothpaste in case you go out of town or run out!
Choosing Your Dental Floss
One great thing about dental floss is that it never expires! However, when you go to use a flavored floss with a cinnamon taste, you won’t taste anything at all. While the effectiveness of floss is always going to be there (if you floss correctly), the flavors will fade after one year.
Choosing Your Toothbrush
If you have a toothbrush that has been in it’s original packaging for a few months, don’t worry—it hasn’t expired. If it was sealed away from dust and bacteria in the original package, you can break out a toothbrush from your bathroom cabinet at any time.
You should be sure to replace your current toothbrush every time you come down with a cold or at least every 3 months. A toothbrush needs to be replaced when it shows signs of fraying on the bristles.
Overall, it’s easy enough to know when dental products are good to use and when to toss them to the side. If you ever have any questions, feel free to ask your local dentist for advice.
About Our Office
Here at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design, our dental team wants you to be able to effectively care for your smile at home even outside of our office. That’s why we always provide the best advice to our patients about home care and dental products when they need it. Feel free to call us any time when you have a question or concern—we would be happy to help!