How Does Toothpaste Get Its Flavor?

You can get a lot of toothpaste flavors in today’s market, but have you ever wondered what turns a plain white unflavored tube into a flavored brand? Whether you like plain toothpaste, mint toothpaste, or another type of flavor, it’s interesting to see the mechanics behind it all.

Flavor traditionally comes from the oils that are extracted from whatever is causing the flavor. Lemon oil, lavender oil, peppermint oil, and anise oil are just a few examples. All toothpaste starts out as plain and is then mixed with the oil to produce the desired flavoring. Any Brooklyn dentist will tell you that the more flavorful something is, the more your kids will be inclined to brush their teeth regularly.

How does flavor work?

Everything is plain and dry to our mouths. For example, when you burn your mouth on something and then try to eat it, it might taste bland until your taste buds heal. In addition, the smell can tell us a lot about flavor. If a toothpaste smells like mint, it will likely have a minty flavor when we put it in our mouths.

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The first step for someone making flavored toothpaste is to make the oil pronounced in the paste. A peppermint toothpaste needs to smell like peppermint, otherwise, our noses and mouths don’t notice it. Since smell is so powerful when determining taste and flavor, the same batch of toothpaste can be injected with different oils and have different flavors.

Test it yourself

You can plug your nose while eating something and you’ll find that its flavor content has gone down. Try it with your kids and turn the next use of toothpaste into a neat science experiment about where the flavor comes from and how our bodies associate smell with taste. That’ll make you the cool parent!