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How long does a tube of toothpaste last? The ultimate guide!

How long does a tube of toothpaste last? The ultimate guide!

Created: December 14, 2022 | Updated: March 22, 2024

Are you curious about how long you can do with a tube of toothpaste? Or are you looking for tips on how to save toothpaste and make a more sustainable choice? In this blog post, we discuss everything you need to know about the lifespan of toothpaste, from factors that affect it to tips to extend it.

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Average usage time of a normal tube of toothpaste

How long should a tube of toothpaste last? A standard 75ml tube of toothpaste, when brushed twice daily with the recommended amount (pea-sized), can theoretically last 150 brushes. 1 In practice, people often use more toothpaste, so the usage time is more likely to come down to 60 brushes. This means that most people consume a tube of toothpaste per month. Remember that most toothpaste must run out either within 2.5 years of manufacture or 12 months after opening. If not, the action of fluoride, among others, deteriorates.

Factors affecting the duration of use:

  • Content of tube: There are tubes of different sizes, from small travel packs (30 ml) to large tubes (125 ml).
  • Frequency of use:The more often you brush, the faster the tube empties.
  • Amount of toothpaste: Most people use more toothpaste than necessary.
  • Type of toothpaste: Some toothpastes, such as those for sensitive teeth, are thicker and so you consume more quickly

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How many times to brush with toothpaste tube?

So how many times you can brush with one normal-sized tube comes down to 150. Whether you throw it away as soon as nothing comes out, or cut it open and try to scrape everything out, you’ll never get it completely empty. If you brush your teeth twice a day, you have 730 brushes a year. Not counting the extra two in leap years. At 150 brushes per tube, this brings you to 4.9 tubes per year. All in all, you can assume five or six tubes a year. Five for the open cutters, six for those who find that too much hassle. Sounds little? It is. Because secretly, we all brush with much more toothpaste than that recommended pea. We easily smear a multiple of it on our toothbrush and just watch, a tube per person per month is the rule rather than the exception. In fact, most people use far too much toothpaste, making the number of brushings more like 60 or so per tube. This is a costly mistake and not nice for the environment either.

Tips to do longer with a tube of toothpaste:

  • Use a erwt-sized amount of toothpaste.
  • Don’t spit out the toothpaste immediately, but rinse your mouth with it.
  • Use an electric toothbrush with timer to brush for two minutes.
  • Please consider toothpaste tablets, which often come in refillable packs.

The polluting effect of plastic tubes

Toothpaste tubes are often made of plastic with possibly some metal in them. Depending on the composition, your favourite toothpaste is also sensitive to air, so the tube has an extra coating. That coating, in turn, is prone to dents, and hardly anyone likes to buy a dented tube of toothpaste. That’s why manufacturers put a cardboard box around it. So that’s a hard-to-recycle plastic tube and a cardboard box, per person about twelve times a year. For the whole of the Netherlands, that’s about one and a half billion a year. What a lot of waste that actually is!

Sustainable alternatives to toothpaste in tubes

Toothpaste tablets do not come in polluting packaging, but in a refillable can. Often, these also look super chic in your bathroom. So no plastic waste, and you can see at a glance how much toothpaste you still have in stock. Run out of toothpaste? Then fill your jar with the refill pack. The toothpaste tablets are then packed in reusable packaging. Super good for the environment!

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Related Trusted Sources

  • 1. Creeth J, Bosma ML, Govier K. How much is a 'pea-sized amount'? A study of dentifrice dosing by parents in three countries. Int Dent J. 2013 Dec;63 Suppl 2(Suppl 2):25-30. doi: 10.1111/idj.12074. PMID: 24283281; PMCID: PMC9375012.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9375012/

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With a 75 ML tube of toothpaste, you could brush your teeth 150 times. However, most people use far too much toothpaste, so the number of brushes is more likely to be around 60 or so per tube.

With 1 tube of toothpaste, you could brush your teeth 150 times. Because we use more than we need, most people do a month with a 75 ML tube.

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