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 

  • Polish mental 

  • Buff your fingernails

  • Polish leather shoes (if there are no bleaching ingredients)

  • Treat insect bites/ treat superficial burns (if eucalyptus oil in toothpaste)

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