Interesting Trivia about Toothpaste


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Interesting Trivia about Toothpaste

Brushing our teeth two to three times a day is probably often taken for granted. It’s something that children actually see as a chore instead of a privilege. Well the next time your little one is telling you they don’t want to brush their teeth, or the dentist is lecturing you for not brushing or flossing yours enough, think about the following and you may realize just how lucky we are and how much easier it is to clean our teeth, compared to what people used to have to do for their pearly whites.

Oral hygiene is said to date back to the age of Buddha. It’s believed that this religious figure once used something called a tooth stick from the God of Sakka to clean his teeth. But not everyone was privileged enough to use this stick of the God and those were less-worthy needed to find other ways to keep their mouths clean. Some would drink goat’s milk to freshen their breath. Mice heads, rabbit heads, wolf’s heads, ox heels, and goat’s feet were burnt and the ashes were spread onto the gums to promote oral health. It’s also been said that bones could be picked out of wolf’s waste and worn to ward off tooth decay and disease. Another way that was thought to prevent toothaches was washing the mouth with the blood of a tortoise three times a year. When they weren’t using tortoise blood to wash their mouths, other rinses have been said to contain pure white wine or old urine that was kept specifically for washing the mouth.

The year 1780 brought about the first actual toothpaste. The exact formula is unknown but it is known that it contained burnt bread, which was also often eaten for breakfast in North America. Other toothpastes included dragon’s blood, cinnamon, and burnt alum. These three ingredients would be mixed together and used on the teeth every other day.

By the time the nineteenth century came, toothpaste was taken to a more sophisticated level with charcoal being used to clean the teeth. Toothpastes started appearing in the form of powder and this powder was used to clean the teeth, keep gums healthy, and keep the breath fresh. Strawberries were eaten to prevent the build-up of tartar and to freshen the breath. In 1855, the Farmer’s Almanac ran a recipe for toothpaste that consisted of myrrh, honey, and green sage. This recipe was used every night and applied to wet teeth.

With the coming of the twentieth century, toothpaste and mouthwash became closer to what it is today. Cleansers and mouthwashes took on liquid forms and formulas used to clean teeth became pastes instead of powders. Eucalyptus was being added to mouthwash and chlorophyll was sometimes added to toothpaste to give it a fresher feel.

Today’s toothpaste and oral hygiene products have come a long way from the times of Buddha through to the twentieth century. Today’s toothpaste often includes sodium monofluorophosphate, colour, flavouring, fluoride, foaming agents, detergents, and humectants. Humectants prevent the toothpaste from becoming hard inside the tube. 



Interesting Trivia about Toothpaste

Interesting Trivia about Toothpaste

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