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Today we’re going to take a step back into dental history to explore the history of toothpaste. We’ll give you some of the key pieces of information you may not have known about toothpaste to increase your dental knowledge base.

• Did you know toothpaste dates back to 3000-5000 BC, right around the time of the Egyptians? The Egyptians developed a dental cream for their teeth. Research shows that this cream consisted of powdered ashes of oxen hooves, myrrh, egg shells, pumice and water. Sounds perfect for your teeth right? Well, even though it probably tasted awful and wasn’t the best option for teeth, it did provide some level of dental cleaning.

• In the early 1800’s, soap was added to toothpaste to help clean teeth more effectively. And by the 1850’s, toothpaste made its way onto the market, being sold in jars. This toothpaste was considered to still be fairly abrasive on teeth, causing enamel to be scraped away.

• By World War II toothpaste was being sold in tin/lead alloy tubes. But due to a health risk, 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.

• There is several different toothpaste options made available for you to invest in. From whitening, tartar control, fluoride, kid-friendly and toothpaste made for sensitive teeth, the options are endless.

It’s important to practice good oral hygiene practices now by brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily and visiting your dentist regularly for cleanings. Call our office today to schedule yours at 816-554-7656!