An article related to decoding the color indicators on toothpastes is going viral on social media. The rectangular colored mark that’s different on different toothpastes indicating what’s inside is being decoded in different ways and people are getting carried away.

Best dentists at Sandalwood Smiles, Brampton, always double check any fact they come across and so before sharing what we received in the circulation, we decided to find out the truth.

What is the myth?
The myth surrounds the colored rectangular found at the bottom of toothpaste tubes, the squeeze point. According to the circulating messages, different colors indicate different chemical composition of toothpastes and people are actually buying that info.

If you go by the rumors, that’s what each color on toothpaste tube indicates:

  • Green: Green colored mark that the toothpaste is entirely composed of natural ingredients.
  • Blue: Blue colored mark means there are natural ingredients + medicine.
  • Red: It means the toothpaste contains natural ingredients + chemical components.
  • Black: It means the toothpaste contains no natural ingredients. Only chemical components.
  • Makes sense? To some it does. People are extensively sharing this information. But what it really means? Let’s have a reality check.

    Truth behind this myth
    The color code is just meant for the cutting machines that can sense the different colors. These are called “color marks” or “eye marks”.

    Eye marks are meant for electric eye or the sensors on a packaging machine that identifies the color on the webstock. The colored rectangle or square instructs the machine regarding which side of the tube is to be folded and where it’s to be cut. It also dictates which part faces up and which one faces down. Different colors are picked by different sensors as per the manufacturer or machine used.

    Therefore, before jumping on to a conclusion and sharing any information out of enthusiasm, it’s crucial to know the truth. The only way of knowing the ingredients of any toothpaste is to read the ingredients box on the tube. Every manufacturer is required to give names of all the ingredients on the product itself. To know if a toothpaste is good for you or not, ask your dentist.

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