Did you know…
The world’s oldest recipe for toothpaste is from Egypt in 400 A.D. The formula included mint, salt, grains of pepper and dried iris flower. A modern day dentist made the toothpaste and said “I found it was not unpleasant, afterwards my mouth felt fresh and clean.”
Did you also know…
Toothpaste was used in China and India beginning approximately 500 B.C. Ancient toothpastes included ingredients such as soot, honey, crushed egg shells, and ground ox’s hooves! In 1873, Colgate released the first commercially prepared toothpaste, which had the minty taste we know today.
Early versions contained soap and in the 1850s chalk was included. Betel nut was included in paste in England in the 1800s, and in the 1860s a home encyclopedia described a home-made toothpaste that used ground charcoal.
Prior to the 1850s, ‘toothpastes’ were usually powders. During the 1850s, a new paste in a jar called a Crème Dentifrice was developed and in 1873 Colgate started the mass production of toothpaste in jars. Colgate introduced its paste in a tube similar to modern-day toothpaste tubes in the 1890s.
Today, there are a plethora of options on the market to clean your teeth, but the basic ingredients are hardly ox hooves! The ingredients for a general whitening paste from Colgate are:
“Sodium Fluoride, Triclosan, Water, Hydrated Silica, Glycerin, Sorbitol, PVM/MA Copolymer, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cellulose Gum, Flavor, Sodium Hydroxide, Carrageenan, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Saccharin, Titanium Dioxide”… Not exactly a concoction of ancient ingredients, but definitely an improvement in taste and protection for your dental health!
So when you’re brushing your teeth today, give a big shout out to Colgate and other dental companies that have made brushing your teeth much tastier and much more modern!
To learn more about taking care of your teeth or to help with a toothache or dental emergency, please contact our office directly at (630) 420-2790