Your face instantly sours, because the milk was past its expiration date. That's never a good feeling.
Now, is the same thing going to happen if you put expired toothpaste into your mouth? Luckily, no, that is not the face you are likely to make. So, what does happen when your toothpaste expires?
Once Your Toothpaste Crosses Its Expiration DateAny toothpaste that contains fluoride now has to also have an expiration date on the package. Most toothpaste manufacturers mark it two years beyond the date the toothpaste was made. If you use the toothpaste beyond this date, you aren't likely to get sick.
However, you are likely to have fluoride that is less effective than it would have been prior to the date it expired. This means that it isn't fighting off cavities like it should be. Fluoride works hard to keep your teeth healthy.
However, it only works at optimal levels when it is fresh. Letting it go too far beyond it being fresh means that it is not working as hard as it could be.
Keeping your teeth healthy means that you need to work hard to keep them clean and protected. One of the best protections that you can provide for your teeth is fluoride. However, you need to make sure that it is being used when it is still most effective.
Brush your teeth twice a day, ideally with toothpaste that hasn't expired. Then, floss, rinse with an effective, fluoride enriched mouthwash, and make sure to contact our office today. This is going to do the most when it comes to keeping your teeth cavity-free and healthy for now and well into the future.