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Would you use expired toothpaste?

Asked by casheroo (18091points) March 4th, 2009

It’s expired, but safe to use. Just has less efficacy.

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eponymoushipster's avatar

I would agree, it just won’t have all that stain-fightin’ power as it would fresh outta the tube.

frankly, how can it go bad in any case?

bythebay's avatar

Yup. To tell you truth, I could have used it this morning as I never realized that any toothpaste had an expiration date.

asmonet's avatar

Toothpaste expires?

eponymoushipster's avatar

sure enough – i just bought a fresh tube of toms of maine (cinnamon clove for you epony fans out there): there’s an imprinted expiration date on the seam on the bottom.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Wouldn’t it get crusty? Or something rendering it unusable?

eponymoushipster's avatar

@aprilsimnel well, in the Toms there’s oil, so in theory it could go rancid.

Dog's avatar

Mine is out of date. I cannot tell any difference. I see expiration dates on everything now. Soda, beer etc. I guess my palette is just not delicate enough to know when something is no longer at it’s peak flavor.

asmonet's avatar

@aprilsimnel: Honestly, I’ve been known to just mix some water in if the toothpaste was too crusty…I am clearly gross.

asmonet's avatar

No worries! I just checked my toothpaste and it expires in 2.5 years. So…I think I’m good.

mangeons's avatar

Toothpaste expires? Obviously I wouldn’t know, I’d just be all “What the hell happened to my toothpaste?!”

aprilsimnel's avatar

2.5 years? o_O

I guess they have to make good and sure it will last for as long as you might need it!

asmonet's avatar

It’s the tasty green sparkly crest one that’s in a bottle.
It disturbs me that they either have very little faith in my hygiene, are using WAY to many unnatural ingredients or a combination of both.

mangeons's avatar

I just use Colgate Total with Whitening, it works relatively well. My mom and sister prefer Crest Pro-Health, and my little sister likes some kind of Colgate Kids Watermelon crap.

casheroo's avatar

We tend to buy in bulk, and happened to buy some toothpaste at BJ’s, and I noticed it expired in June 2008…not sure when we bought it though, it was before June though. So, we’re using up the expired stuff. I think it’s thinner than usual but nothing else is different. I’m glad to hear others would do the same thing haha.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

Of course it has an expiration date on it. It has for years. There are components in toothpaste that I’d think would break down over time just like anything else. It’s something you put in your mouth & there’s always the possibility of swallowing some. I’d never use it if it was expired. It’s cheap enough that you can’t just go buy new. Adding water to crusty toothpaste?? OMG! That’s just gross, sorry!

eponymoushipster's avatar

I just noticed on a bottle of purell hand sanitizer, there’s an expiration as well. what – is the alcohol no longer stingy after a while?

jbfletcherfan's avatar

@eponymoushipster stingy? What sanitizer are you buying, LOL? It doesn’t sting in that.

eponymoushipster's avatar

Target brand. it’s delicious when you mix it with redbull.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

@eponymoushipster LOLLLL, I’d sure like to see the inside of your stomach. Oh, wait…maybe not!

Futomara's avatar

Yes, and I’d even drink expired milk!

JohnMacclony's avatar

No actually never… otherwise it may cause some dental problems.

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