Everyone uses toothpaste everyday (or at least we’re supposed to), but have you ever thought about where it comes from or how old the practice of cleaning teeth is?
The earliest known reference to toothpaste is in a manuscript from Egypt dating back to the 4th century AD. It is prescribed as a mixture of iris flowers. Records have been found that include burnt bread, dragon’s blood, cinnamon and burnt alum as ingredients in early toothpastes and powders.
General use of toothpaste didn’t occur until the 19th century. Prior to that it was only used by the rich. Tooth powders came into general use in the 19th century in Britain. Most of them were homemade.
Flouride was only added to toothpaste in the 1950’s. It is an active ingredient that prevents cavities.
Toothpaste is an abrasive which means that it has ingredients in it which scrape the top layers of your teeth.
Did you know that there was even a limited edition chocolate flavoured toothpaste released by Unilever Phillipines in 2005?
Here is an interesting article for history enthusiasts.
Recipe for toothpaste.
Thanks to my sexy man for the idea for this post.