Fact Check: No, Colored Boxes On Toothpaste Tube Don't Represent Its Ingredients

Netizens are sharing posts claiming stripes at the bottom of a toothpaste tube tell the ingredients of the paste. The Logical Indian Fact-Check team debunked the claim.

India   |   24 Feb 2021 1:55 PM GMT
Writer : Yusha Rahman | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Abhishek M
Fact Check: No, Colored Boxes On Toothpaste Tube Dont Represent Its Ingredients

Posts shared on social media claim that different colours on the strip at the bottom of toothpaste indicate its ingredients. An image being shared with the posts says that the black stripe represents pure chemical, the red stripe represents natural and chemical composition, the blue stripe shows natural and medicine, and the green stripe shows natural. The image is shared with the caption, "Meaning behind the colour codes of Toothpaste: BLACK-pure chemical, RED-natural + chemical, GREEN-natural, BLUE-natural + medicine."

Meaning behind the color codes of Toothpaste:

·BLACK-pure chemical

·RED-natural + chemical


·BLUE-natural + medicine

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📍Bakit ba may Color...

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This post is viral for a long time. Many Facebook users have shared the same claim earlier as well.


Different colours strips on toothpaste tubes represent the different ingredients of toothpaste.

Fact Check:

On searching with the keyword, "colour code on toothpaste", we found a website, Healthline, which debunked the viral claim. According to the site, the stripes on the bottom of the toothpaste tube is simply a mark made during the manufacturing process. These marks are read by light beam sensors, which notify machines where the packaging should be cut, folded, or sealed. "These marks do come in many colors, and they're not limited to green, blue, red, and black. Different colours are used on different types of packaging or with different sensors and machines," says the report.

The website of Colgate mentions that colour code means nothing. According to the website, if you want to know what kind of ingredients your toothpaste has, don't look for a coloured block at the end of the tube. Instead, take a look at the packaging for a comprehensive list of ingredients.

According to American Dental Association (ADA), most toothpaste contains the same basic ingredients, like abrasives to help clean teeth, flavouring agents, humectants to soften the toothpaste, and detergents to help the toothpaste foam, one should always check if the paste has fluoride or not, fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay and cavities by strengthening tooth enamel.

Vishvas News contacted the Customer Care Department of Colgate, which said, "The coloured marks at the tube helps the machine detect the end of the tube. It ensures that the printing is in the right place, and it is sealed properly."

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Claim Review :  Different colours strips on the toothpaste tube represent the different components of the toothpaste.
Claimed By :  Social Media
Fact Check :  False
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Yusha Rahman

Yusha Rahman


Yusha, an engineer turned journalist with a core interest in sensible journalism. Since the time she worked in an MNC, she saw how fake news was rife to malign images of communities, leaders, etc. This encouraged her to give up her career in MNC and passionately work towards curbing fake news and propaganda.

Bharat Nayak

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Founding Editor - Special Project

As the founding editor, Bharat had been heading the newsroom during the formation years of the organization and worked towards editorial policies, conceptualizing and designing campaign strategies and collaborations. He believes that through the use of digital media, one could engage the millennial's in rational conversations about pertinent social issues, provoking them to think and bring a behavioral change accordingly.

Abhishek M

Abhishek M

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" An engineer by profession, Abhishek is the creative producer of the team, graphic designing is his passion and travelling his get away. In more ways than one, he makes the content visually appealing."

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