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Do We Really Need Toothpaste?

Dr Martin Abelar - July 14, 2021 - 0 comments

A recent article in New Scientist begs the question: do we even need toothpaste? Aside from the added fluoride it provides, what is the purpose of using toothpaste when we brush our teeth – especially if we use fluoride free toothpaste. Isn’t a toothbrush enough?

While the article spoke to two people (one dentist, one who has prosthetic teeth), neither agreed that toothpaste was necessary, but we respectfully disagree.  So, why use toothpaste? For several reasons, actually. Here’s why toothpaste (fluoridated or not) is still important.


While some people are still leery of fluoride, many are not. Fluoride is an important mineral in keeping your teeth healthy and strong. It builds the enamel in your teeth, keeping it stronger and helping to protect against cavities.

No Fluoride

Even if you are one of the people who prefer to not use fluoridated toothpaste, brushing with toothpaste is still important. Think of it like washing your hands without soap or your laundry without detergent. Toothpaste acts as a tooth soap, helping the brush remove the plaque on your teeth as you brush. 


Some toothpastes have whitening properties, while all pastes help to remove surface stains that might otherwise discolor your teeth.

Fresh Breath

Toothpaste has a fresh taste that can help moisturize the mouth and freshen the breath. Some pastes can even protect against bacteria for hours after you brush, keeping your teeth and gums safe.

No matter what type of toothpaste you decide to use, remember, toothpaste is an important part of your oral care and oral hygiene routine. We use toothpaste for a variety of reasons, and in a variety of different forms, but the important take away here is that no matter what kind of toothpaste you use, it’s important to use toothpaste when you brush your teeth. Of course, we don’t want to discount the importance of a good brush – a medium strength brush is great for most adults unless otherwise instructed- but a toothbrush and toothpaste work better together.

If you have any questions or concerns about toothpaste, your toothbrush, or fluoride, speak to Dr. Abelar or his staff today. We can advise you on the best products for your individual mouth, whether you opt for fluoride or not.

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