Did you know that we humans have been cleaning our teeth for thousands of years? Over time, our ability to care for our teeth have improved, thanks to some amazing inventions. Centrifugal to these inventions is toothpaste. The following is a taste of the evolution of toothpaste throughout time:
~3000-5000 B.C.: Egyptians rub a teeth-cleaning concoction on their teeth made from a combination of ground oxen hooves, myrrh, egg shells, pumice and water. Surprisingly, this may have been somewhat effective.
~500 B.C.: Ancient Greeks and Romans duplicate the Egyptian formula, adding crushed bones and oyster shells for abrasiveness and powdered charcoal and bark for flavoring. China and India also begin to use toothpaste, and the Chinese use ginseng, herbal mints and salt in their version, which at this point is likely the best tasting version in the world.
500 B.C. – 1800 A.D.: The development of toothpaste remains rather stagnant. It is only available to the rich.
1800s: Soap is the main ingredient, offered in powder form and called tooth powder.
1850s: A new gel toothpaste called Crème Dentifrice is developed.
1873: Colgate begins to mass produce this gel toothpaste and peddles it in a jar.
1890s: The toothpaste tube instead of the jar becomes the preferred container for toothpaste.
1914: Fluoride is added to toothpaste to help enamel fight tooth decay.
1945: Soap is traded for other ingredients, such as sodium lauryl sulphate, which turns it into a smoother paste.
Today: There is an extensive array of gel toothpastes. They contain various fluoride, coloring, flavoring, with various whitening, foaming, or moistening properties.
Toothpaste is an important invention with a fascinating history. Would you like some advice on the best toothpastes to buy. What about a thorough dental exam and cleaning? You can call 830-443-4352 to set up an appointment with Dr. Chet B. Hawkins at Chet B. Hawkins DDS Inc in Boerne, Texas.