What Do The Color Markings On Toothpaste Tubes Mean?

Most of the time, we do not notice the color-coded markings found on groceries sold in stores. Since they appear on many products, they have become a popular myth on toothpaste tubes that they identify what the toothpaste is made of.
What do the color markings on toothpaste tubes mean?

There has been an online “urban myth” for some time, which users have shared, which states that the colors at the end of your  toothpaste tubes  indicate what they are made of and how bad they can be for your health. But the information in post after post is completely wrong and in today’s article we will try to clarify what these brands really mean. Additionally whether it is more than just a single color.

According to the now viral misinformation circulating on the web,  toothpaste tubes have a differently colored square or rectangle at the end of the tube. This color varies from brand to brand and allegedly indicates that the product is composed as follows:

  • Green = Natural products
  • Blue = Natural and medicinal
  • Red = Natural and chemical components
  • Black = Pure chemical components

As we already said at the beginning of the article, this information is completely wrong and just another wandering story to scare people. Because the purpose of this website is to provide you with as complete health information as possible. Then  we will explain what these colored markings really mean. Additionally why you should pay attention to the alarming posts that you read online.

The colors of your toothpaste tubes


The colors found on various toothpaste brands are actually a characteristic of other commercial goods, such as  milk cartons, breakfast packages and cake packages. These markings are used during the manufacturing and packaging process as tracking marks , ” ” color marks , or registration marks .” Their purpose is to indicate for a robot sensor where the packaging should be cut, bent or shrunk during the production process. These colors are usually designed to be darker than the rest of the packaging so that they can be read more easily by machine.

In the case of toothpaste, the tubes are made in a location completely separate from the product with which they will eventually be filled. The pipes are made in long, hollow strips, and depending on the intended quantity in each, they are divided into sections that are a certain number of mm long. It is during this process that the “color marking” comes into use. It indicates where the machine should stop and cut the end of each tube.


But why the different colors?  The truth is that color does not matter much. They vary from brand to brand and from manufacturer to manufacturer.  Each has its own color, which they use as a reference for quality control. But also so that they can easily detect a defective batch.

In this way, yet another wandering story that has gone viral on the internet has been pierced through careful study. This particular myth was a problem for dentists because it created a lot of concern among their patients regarding oral hygiene. At least if you need more proof. So just go to your pantry right now and examine the packaging of the products you have stored there. We guarantee you will find more than two containers that have these markings in many different colors. 

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