Dentist reveals how much toothpaste you should REALLY use



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A Malaysian dentist has shocked TikTok users by revealing how much toothpaste people should really be putting on their toothbrushes — and it’s a lot less than most people think.

Dr. Gao Jye Teh, a graduate of King’s College in London, has gone viral with a video in which he shows that the amount of toothpaste often used in commercials is actually too much.

Instead, he says, anyone over age three only needs a dollop of toothpaste as big as a single pea.



Surprising: Dr. Gao Jye Teh , a graduate of King’s College in London, has gone viral with a video revealing how much toothpaste people should use


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Surprising: Dr. Gao Jye Teh , a graduate of King’s College in London, has gone viral with a video revealing how much toothpaste people should use



a man wearing a hat: 'The amount of toothpaste used in commercials is way too much,' he says after he squeezes out a long line of toothpaste over all the bristles on a toothbrush


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‘The amount of toothpaste used in commercials is way too much,’ he says after he squeezes out a long line of toothpaste over all the bristles on a toothbrush

In his TikTok video, which has been viewed over six million times, Dr. Gao first squeezes out a long line of toothpaste over all the bristles on a toothbrush.

‘The amount of toothpaste used in commercials is way too much,’ he writes.

He then shows that children under age three only need a tiny smear of toothpaste.  

‘They might have trouble not swallowing the excess fluoride toothpaste,’ he explained to Buzzfeed, noting that too much can be detrimental to little kids, whose adult teeth are still developing underneath their gums, 

As for anyone over age three, not that much more is necessary: just a pea-sized amount is perfect.

‘This is because fluoride, when ingested in large amounts, can cause a cosmetic condition known as dental fluorosis on the developing teeth. The cosmetic implications range from mild discoloration to yellow and brown stains to obvious pits in the teeth,’ he said.

Using less can prevent this from happening — and a pea-sized amount is just enough to get the benefits.

Dr. Gao has a few more tips. He also said that people shouldn’t rinse their mouths out when they’re done brushing, because the fluoride in the toothpaste needs time to work. 

And mouthwash is best used at other times of the day, separate from brushing, to increase the amount of fluoride exposure. 



'This is because fluoride, when ingested in large amounts, can cause a cosmetic condition known as dental fluorosis on the developing teeth,' he explained


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‘This is because fluoride, when ingested in large amounts, can cause a cosmetic condition known as dental fluorosis on the developing teeth,’ he explained



a person posing for the camera: Another tip: He also said that people shouldn't rinse their mouths out when they're done brushing, because the fluoride in the toothpaste needs time to work


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Another tip: He also said that people shouldn’t rinse their mouths out when they’re done brushing, because the fluoride in the toothpaste needs time to work

Dr. Gao said it’s not surprising that people don’t know the correct

Dentist reveals how much toothpaste you should REALLY put on a toothbrush

Are you RUINING your teeth by using too much toothpaste? Dentist reveals the amount you REALLY need when brushing – and warns that too much can cause stains and ‘pits in the teeth’

  • Dr. Gao Jye Teh, a graduate of King’s College in London, has gone viral with a TikTok video about toothpaste
  • He says the amount of toothpaste shown in ads is more than people need
  • For kids under age three, just a smear is the right amount
  • Anyone age three or older should use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste
  • Dr. Gao warned that people who use too much can ingest large amounts of fluoride, a mineral that helps to prevent tooth decay, but also causes staining
  • ‘Fluoride, when ingested in large amounts, can cause a cosmetic condition known as dental fluorosis on the developing teeth,’ he explained

A Malaysian dentist has shocked TikTok users by revealing how much toothpaste people should really be putting on their toothbrushes — and it’s a lot less than most people think.

Dr. Gao Jye Teh, a graduate of King’s College in London, has gone viral with a video in which he shows that the amount of toothpaste often used in commercials is actually too much.

Instead, he says, anyone over age three only needs a dollop of toothpaste as big as a single pea.

Surprising: Dr. Gao Jye Teh , a graduate of King’s College in London, has gone viral with a video revealing how much toothpaste people should use

Surprising: Dr. Gao Jye Teh , a graduate of King’s College in London, has gone viral with a video revealing how much toothpaste people should use

'The amount of toothpaste used in commercials is way too much,' he says after he squeezes out a long line of toothpaste over all the bristles on a toothbrush

‘The amount of toothpaste used in commercials is way too much,’ he says after he squeezes out a long line of toothpaste over all the bristles on a toothbrush

In his TikTok video, which has been viewed over six million times, Dr. Gao first squeezes out a long line of toothpaste over all the bristles on a toothbrush.

‘The amount of toothpaste used in commercials is way too much,’ he writes.

He then shows that children under age three only need a tiny smear of toothpaste.  

‘They might have trouble not swallowing the excess fluoride toothpaste,’ he explained to Buzzfeed, noting that too much can be detrimental to little kids, whose adult teeth are still developing underneath their gums, 

As for anyone over age three, not that much more is necessary: just a pea-sized amount is perfect.

Children under age three only need a tiny smear of toothpaste

'They might have trouble not swallowing the excess fluoride toothpaste,' he explained

Children under age three only need a tiny smear of toothpaste. ‘They might have trouble not swallowing the excess fluoride toothpaste,’ he explained

Ta-da! As for anyone over age three, not that much more is necessary: just a pea-sized amount is perfect

Ta-da! As for anyone over age three, not that much more is necessary: just a pea-sized amount is perfect

‘This is because fluoride, when ingested in large amounts, can cause a cosmetic condition known as dental fluorosis on the developing teeth. The cosmetic implications range from mild discoloration to yellow and brown stains to obvious pits in the teeth,’ he said.

Using less can prevent this from happening — and a pea-sized amount is

Dentist reveals how much toothpaste you should REALLY be using based on your age & you’re definitely getting it wrong

ANY parent will know getting kids to brush their teeth can be an ordeal, but it turns out you’ve probably been giving them way too much toothpaste. 

A dentist, Dr Gao, has gone viral on TikTok after sharing a video outlining how much toothpaste we should be using – according to our age. 

A dentist claimed the amount of toothpaste used in adverts is way too much

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A dentist claimed the amount of toothpaste used in adverts is way too muchCredit: Tik Tok

Dr Gao’s clip has racked up more than six million views, as he pointed out the lashings of toothpaste used in adverts was excessive. 

He said: “The amount used in commercials is way too much. 

“For ages three and below, all a smear is all you need.”

He demonstrated with a tiny amount spread on a brush, before saying: “For anyone older, a pea size amount is plenty.” 

Dr Gao shared a clip on TikTok explaining the right amounts to use which quickly went viral

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Dr Gao shared a clip on TikTok explaining the right amounts to use which quickly went viralCredit: Tik Tok

Dr Gao explained why you shouldn’t squeeze loads on your brush, saying: “Trust me it doesn’t make your teeth any cleaner.”

And it can lead to dental problems, particularly for children. 

In a separate video, he said: “Not only is it a waste for children whose adult teeth are still developing, swallowing too much toothpaste that contains fluoride can cause dental fluorosis. 

He claimed a smear is all you need for kids under the age of three

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He claimed a smear is all you need for kids under the age of threeCredit: Tik Tok

“Dental fluorosis is a cosmetic condition that causes a change in the appearance in the tooth and enamel.

“The appearance can range from brown and light discoloration,to brown strains and even obvious pits.”

While it can be ‘cosmetically treated’, Dr Gao warned the damage was permanent. 

Parents will know the battle of getting children to brush their teeth

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Parents will know the battle of getting children to brush their teethCredit: Tik Tok

Thousands of people commented on the clip in shock, admitting they’ve been getting it wrong their whole life. 

One person said: “Thinking of all the toothpaste I’ve wasted.”

Another wrote: “That’s why electric brushes can only hold pea size toothpaste.” 

Anyone older than that should use a pea-sized amount - and no more

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Anyone older than that should use a pea-sized amount – and no more Credit: Tik Tok

A third commented: “My friends were surprised when I only used that much. I was right all along.” 

Someone else thought: “We’ve been mislead by advertisement all these years.” 

While another said: “Finally! I’ve been trying to tell my husband for ages.”

Thousands of people commented on the post in shock as they realised they've been getting their amounts wrong

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Thousands of people commented on the post in shock as they realised they’ve been getting their amounts wrong

How Much Toothpaste Should You Use? Dentist Goes Viral for Showing How Much You Really Need While Brushing

What’s a toothpaste commercial without a pristine toothbrush and a plump swish of toothpaste across the top of the bristles? Well, get ready to have your mind blown: The amount of toothpaste we should actually be using on our teeth is about a fraction of that—at least according to one dentist on TikTok.



Tip: You're probably using way more than what's necessary.


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Tip: You’re probably using way more than what’s necessary.

Dr. Gao Jye Teh, a Malaysian dentist who’s studying at King’s College London, recently went viral on TikTok for sharing some oral health advice, and has become social media’s dental hygiene star in the process. In the TikTok video, he showed viewers—all 6 million of them—what the right amount of toothpaste looks like. For people over 3 years of age, it’s the size of a single pea. (FYI,this is also written on the toothpaste packaging—you know, the stuff nobody reads.)

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Dr. Gao also shared his video to Instagram, writing in the caption, “Commercials are lying to you! You don’t need to use that much toothpaste.”

Dr. Gao said that using more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste poses the greatest risk to children who haven’t yet got fully-developed adult teeth. “This is because fluoride, when ingested in large amounts, can cause a cosmetic condition known as dental fluorosis on the developing teeth,” he explained. “The cosmetic implications range from mild [discoloration] to yellow and brown stains to obvious pits in the teeth.”

Geoffrey Morris, DMD, cosmetic and restorative dentist in Boca Raton, Florida, confirmed this to Health, saying, “the recommended amount of toothpaste for adults is about the size of a pea on a soft bristle or electric toothbrush.”

As for kids under age 3, only a “smear” of toothpaste is required—about the size of a rice grain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s to ensure they don’t accidentally swallow a lot of fluoride toothpaste, which isn’t supposed to be ingested.

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Using too little toothpaste can be just as bad as using too much, according to Dr. Gao, because your teeth won’t get the fluoride’s full protective benefits. “The problem with using too little toothpaste is you may not have enough surfactant to create the bubbles that help clean, as well as enough fluoride to protect the teeth,” Dr. Morris says.

Dr. Gao also offered a handy tip: “Once you brush your teeth, you should spit out the excess and not rinse your mouth with water. This is because the fluoride in the toothpaste takes time to act on your teeth.”

If you like to use mouthwash as part of your oral hygiene routine, Dr. Gao recommends using one that contains fluoride at a different time from brushing, as this will increase the amount of fluoride exposure and help to remineralize your teeth. “Seek advice from your dentist to decide

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Why did I not know this earlier?!

Dr. Gao Jye Teh is a Malaysian-based dentist who — like a lot of people — decided to download TikTok during the COVID-19 lockdown earlier this year. “I found myself retaining information I learned from watching TikToks easily because it was often conveyed in short, digestible, and entertaining ways. It got me thinking, ‘What if I could spread dental awareness in this memorable way, too?’ So, I gave it a shot,” Dr. Gao told BuzzFeed.

And, he has been very successful at doing just that! In his latest TikTok — which went viral with over six million views — Dr. Gao demonstrated what the proper amount of toothpaste looks like:

So, how much do you actually need? People over three years of age only need the amount of a SINGLE PEA!


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That’s right! Although this toothpaste swish is perfection, it is FAR TOO MUCH.


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Dr. Gao said his information is backed in this document — and by the easily overlooked directions on toothpaste packaging.

“Kids under age three only need a smear of toothpaste. The ‘little’ amount is attributed to the fact that they might have trouble not swallowing the excess fluoride toothpaste,” explained Dr. Gao.

Dr. Gao emphasized that using more than the recommended amount of toothpaste is most detrimental to children whose adult teeth are still developing under their gums. “This is because fluoride, when ingested in large amounts, can cause a cosmetic condition known as dental fluorosis on the developing teeth. The cosmetic implications range from mild discoloration to yellow and brown stains to obvious pits in the teeth,” he said.

However, if too little toothpaste is used, your teeth will not benefit from the full protective properties of the fluoride. “Once you brush your teeth, you should spit out the excess and not rinse your mouth with water. This is because the fluoride in the toothpaste takes time to act on your teeth,” explained Dr. Gao.

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Dr. Gao said when it comes to mouthwash, he recommends using one that contains fluoride at a time separate from brushing. “Doing this will increase the amount of fluoride exposure, helping with the remineralization of your teeth. There are many variations of mouthwash out there – some specialized for treating gum disease, some for dealing with dry mouths, and some that contain alcohol. Seek advice from your dentist to decide which type you are most suited for.”

We also asked Dr. Gao if all toothpastes were essentially the same or if there is a certain type he recommends. “Toothpaste is like shampoo. If you think about it as a product to clean your teeth — just as shampoo cleans your hair — then, yes, all toothpaste serves this purpose.