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Chapter: Textbook of Cosmetic Formulation : Toothpastes

Dentifrices such as toothpastes, tooth powders and tooth gels are meant for the cleaning the surface of the teeth by removing the food debris and plaque adhered to surface of the teeth which is the main cause for tooth problems.


TOOTHPASTES

 

Introduction

 

 

Dentifrices such as toothpastes, tooth powders and tooth gels are meant for the cleaning the surface of the teeth by removing the food debris and plaque adhered to surface of the teeth which is the main cause for tooth problems.

 

 


 

 

The general requirements for a dentifrice are as follows:

 

 

·                               It should be capable of cleaning the teeth adequately by removing food debris, plaque and stains efficiently.

 

·                               It should leave a pleasant, cool and refreshing sensation in the mouth.

 

·                               It should be harmless, non-toxic and should not cause irritation in the mouth or any ulcers in the buccal cavity.

 

·                               It should be able to maintain its flow properties all through its commercial period of storage.

 

·                               It should be easy to pack and easy to use.

 

·                               The abrasive character of the dentifrice should be under the limits of the standards and should not be harsh on the enamel and the dentine.

 

·                               It should confirm to the standards of the EC cosmetic directive which states that it is not liable to cause damage to human health when used under normal conditions.

 

·                               The assessment of any claims shall be certified based on properly conducted clinical trials.

 

·                               Most of all it should be economical to purchase in order to encourage regular and frequent use by common people.

 

The dentifrice with all the above mentioned qualities is said to be an efficient dentifrice.

 

They should not produce any grittle sensation in the mouth.

They should possess good abrasive properties.

They should not lead to any incompatibilities and should be compatible with the other ingredients.

They should be harmless to the enamel and the abrasive property should be under limits.

They should provide a good shine to the enamel.

 

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