Have you ever thought about where toothpaste comes from? Well today we’re going to give you a history lesson on toothpaste and how it came to be what it is today.
Around 3000-5000 BC, Egyptians developed a dental cream for their teeth. Research has shown that this cream consisted of powdered ashes of oxen hooves, myrrh, egg shells, pumice and water. Sounds tasty right? Well, even though it probably tasted awful, it did provide some level of dental cleaning.
The Greeks and Romans also developed similar toothpastes, but preferred a more abrasive texture, adding ingredients like crushed bones and oyster shells. To help with bad breath, the Romans added flavoring, charcoal and bark. And did you know that the Chinese used substances like ginseng, herbal mints and salt in their toothpastes?
By the 1800’s, the development of a more modern toothpaste started making its way onto the market. In the early 1800’s, soap was added to these pastes to clean teeth more effectively. And by the 1850’s, toothpaste made its way onto the market, being sold in jars. By 1873, Colgate began mass production of toothpaste in jars. This toothpaste was considered to still be fairly abrasive on teeth, causing enamel to be scraped away.
Toothpaste was later introduced in tin/lead alloy tubes during World War II. This became a problem because lead was being leaked into the toothpaste. Soon, plastic tubes were developed to provide a safe product for consumers. In 1914, fluoride and synthetic materials were introduced to toothpaste to create a less abrasive and more tooth-friendly product. This soon became a standard for most toothpaste products by the 1960’s.
Today, we’ve seen all kinds of developments when it comes to toothpaste. From gels, whitening agents, sensitivity toothpaste, kid-friendly toothpaste and various flavors, it’s hard to keep up. But today, no matter what you use, it’s important to brush twice a day, keeping your teeth healthy and strong.
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