History of Toothpaste

When was the last time you stopped to think about your toothpaste? Never? The toothpaste we use today has evolved quite a bit from its first recorded use in 3000 BC, but one thing is for certain: humans throughout history have appreciated the importance of a clean mouth and healthy teeth! We want to share some more information about the history of toothpaste to help foster your appreciation for your at-home oral hygiene routine.

closeup of toothpaste on a toothbrush

Ancient Origins

Ancient civilizations used a mixture of abrasive substances as a toothpaste to help clean teeth. In Ancient Egypt, this mixture included burnt egg shells, ashes of oxen hooves, myrrh, and pumice. Although this substance certainly had scrubbing power, we’re willing to bet it also did quite a bit of damage to tooth enamel. Damaged enamel can lead to tooth sensitivity and make you more susceptible to cavities.

So Fresh, So Clean

Over time, civilizations like Rome and China began adding ingredients to toothpaste that could freshen breath. These ingredients include bark, ginseng, mint, and salt. We’re certain this innovation was appreciated by all!

Updates for a Modern Age

By the 1800s, toothpaste was widely sold and dentists sold their own toothpaste. This version of toothpaste often included detergents, was sold in jars, and became mass produced in the late 1800s. The toothpaste tube was invented in 1892 — and the rest, as they say, is history!

Modern toothpaste options come in a variety of flavors and styles. There are options for sensitive teeth or options that claim to whiten teeth and fight cavities. For the more health conscious, organic toothpastes deliver a clean mouth without any chemicals.

If you’re wondering which kind of toothpaste would best protect your pearly whites, our team at Dental Solutions of Avon would be happy to provide some recommendations based on your oral health history. To ask us any questions or to schedule your next visit to our office, contact us today!

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