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Colored Toothpaste

Oral conditions are frequently considered separate from other chronic conditions, but these are actually inter-related. Poor oral health is associated with other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Oral disease also is associated with risk behaviors such as using tobacco and consuming sugary foods and beverages.

Next time you visit your local grocery store, have a look and see how many varieties, flavors, and colors toothpaste has. While most of us end up buying the classic three-stripe kind of toothpaste, we aren’t actually aware of the benefits and purpose behind each color. For some reason, the toothpaste companies don't bother explaining it to us either, but the truth is, each color in your toothpaste tube has different ingredients that do different things.

For example, the white paste contains substances that remove plaque and, as a result, whiten your teeth. The red stripe usually contains vital elements for proper gum care, and the blue paste holds antimicrobial and breath-freshening components.


  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, (2000). Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health. Rockville, MD.

2. Apr 11, 2023 | Tal Berlinger | This article originally appeared on our sister site:

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