Contrary to popular belief in many developed countries, toothpaste is not crucial to maintaining a healthy oral hygiene. The most important thing that someone can do to prevent gum disease is brushing their teeth.
The act of brushing teeth removes plaque that forms due to left over pieces of foods and drinks. Toothpaste is actually more of a luxury than a necessity; the nice breath and teeth whitening elements are something we, in developing countries, see as normal and required. However, in actuality very few things found in toothpaste is beneficial to improving oral health. Fluoride is one of the most important chemicals in toothpaste and does in fact improve oral hygiene. Research has shown that Fluoride does strengthen the enamel of teeth and helps to prevent cavities. Click here to read an interesting and good short article by Dr. Michael Sinkin, D.D.S. in the article he talks about toothpaste and its importance. Not having fluoride though does not mean that the toothbrush is rendered useless, brushing one’s teeth with a toothbrush, even if it has no toothpaste, is still the single most important act someone can do if they wish to improve and maintain their current oral health. For another source that talks about toothpaste and if it is a waste of money, click here.
Operation Brush focuses funds on supplying only the crucial and necessary tool required to prevent gum diseases and possible chronic illnesses, that tool being a toothbrush. Ideally, we would like to find a meaningful and cost effective solution to adding fluoride to our program. In order to do however, we would require that the toothpaste only has the necessary chemicals in it for strengthening teeth and preventing gum disease. Furthermore, the toothpaste container would need to be 100% biodegradable so that it does not negatively impact the environment of those we aid.