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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 thousands of years.

Around 5000BC, the Egyptians started to use a paste to clean their teeth. This was before toothbrushes were even invented. Ancient Greeks and Romans also used toothpastes. In China and India, toothpaste was first introduced around 500BC.

The first toothpaste formula that we know was created by the Egyptians. They used crushed rock salt, pepper, mint, and dried iris flowers. 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. Ingredients were added to help with bad breath in some countries. Ancient toothpastes were used to address some of the same things that modern toothpastes do: clean the teeth and gums, whiten teeth, and freshen breath.

In 1780, people scrubbed their teeth with a powder made from burnt bread. In 1824, a dentist (Peabody) added soap to toothpaste to aid in cleaning the teeth. Soap was later replaced by sodium lauryn sulfate. Colgate developed the first commercially produced toothpaste in 1873. It was nice smelling and sold in a jar. Dr. Washington Sheffield was the first person to put toothpaste in a collapsible tube. It is believed that this version of toothpaste is most similar to the modern version.

Toothpastes continued to develop in the 1900s. In 1914, fluoride was added to toothpastes because it was discovered that fluoride significantly decreases cavities. In 1975, herbal toothpastes were developed as an alternative to fluoride toothpastes. Herbal toothpastes include things like peppermint oil, myrrh, and plant extracts. In 1987, edible toothpaste was invented by NASA so that astronauts could brush their teeth in space without spitting into zero gravity. The first toothpaste that was made to whiten and brighten smiles was invented in 1989.

Fluoride, coloring, flavoring, sweetener, and ingredients that make the toothpaste a smooth paste that foams and stays moist are common in modern toothpastes. Toothpastes come in tubes throughout the world.

We invite you to contact Dental Partners Longwood today to learn more about toothpaste in Longwood, Florida, and to schedule a visit. Our dentist, Dr. Guarnieri, and our team are excited to see you!