We all know that brushing your teeth twice a day is imperative for our oral health, but many people do not know how toothpaste came to be. Different forms of toothpastes have been around for millennia. Let’s explore the history and development of toothpaste together.
The Egyptians started using a paste to clean their teeth around 5000 BC. Other ancient civilizations, such as the Greeks and the Romans, used toothpastes as well. In China and India, toothpaste developed around 500 BC.
Different countries and peoples used different ingredients for their toothpastes. Some used things like ox hoof powder, ashes, and burnt eggshells to clean their teeth. Greeks and Romans included crushed bones and oyster shells in their toothpastes. Some countries added ingredients to help with bad breath. Ancient toothpastes were used to address some of the same things that modern toothpastes do.
In the 1800s, toothpastes began using soap as one of the ingredients. Ingredients like chalk and ground charcoal were also used. In the 1850s, toothpastes began being available in jars. Crème Dentifrice was the first of these pastes. In 1873, Colgate began the mass production of toothpaste in jars.
Toothpastes continued to develop in the 1900s. In 1914, fluoride was added to toothpastes because it was discovered that fluoride significantly decreases tooth decay. In 1975, herbal toothpastes were developed as an alternative to fluoride toothpastes. In 1987, edible toothpaste was invented by NASA so that astronauts could brush their teeth in space without spitting into zero gravity. This edible toothpaste is now used by children who are learning to brush their teeth. The first whitening toothpaste was invented in 1989.
We welcome you to contact Smile 2 Heart Dental today to learn more about toothpaste and oral health in Brigham City, Utah, and to schedule a visit with our dentist. Dr. Jody W. Adams and our dental team are thrilled to answer any questions that you may have!