Can I Use Expired Toothpaste?
Does toothpaste expire?
Found an old tube of toothpaste under the bathroom sink? Or perhaps you’re midbrush when you notice your tube’s expiration date. No need to fret.
Toothpaste does expire. But is it necessarily dangerous? No.
Since most toothpastes include the ingredient fluoride, “the enamel defending drug”, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and American Dental Association (ADA) require expiration dates on the tube and packaging.
Toothy Tip: If your toothpaste currently doesn’t have an expiration date, it may be likely that the selected brand isn’t ADA approved.
Can you use expired toothpaste?
While it’s not dangerous to use expired toothpaste, it is not recommended.
Studies have found that fluoride degrades significantly after two years, becoming less effective at preventing cavities and supporting the shiny white part of your tooth called the enamel. This can cause costly dental problems, since enamel can not be restored or grown back.
Expired toothpastes also may contain growing bacteria or fungi if left uncapped or improperly handed.
Signs that your toothpaste is expired
Expiration date is past due
Paste is dried out
Ingredients are starting to separate
Flavor tastes off / funny
Creative ways to use expired toothpaste
Donating or continuing to use expired toothpaste isn’t the best idea, however don’t throw the tube out just yet. Listed below are a couple of useful ways you can recycle expired toothpaste around the home.
Remove crayon from the wall
Remove gunk residue from your iron or hair straighteners
Clean the bathroom sink
Buff your fingernails
Polish leather shoes (if there are no bleaching ingredients)
Treat insect bites/ treat superficial burns (if eucalyptus oil in toothpaste)