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Fun Facts About the History of Toothpaste
Posted on 08/12/2016

Fun Facts About the History of Toothpaste

Columbia Family Dentist is glad to be your choice when you’re looking for family dentistry in the Columbia, MD area. Not only do we specialize in utilizing the most advanced dental procedures to guarantee that you leave our office with a healthy smile, but we’re also proud to offer a fun and friendly office environment to make you more comfortable during your dentist appointments. In keeping with that theme, we’d like to share with you some fun facts about the history of toothpaste!

The History of Toothpaste

  • It’s likely that toothpaste originated around 5000 BC in Egypt. The oldest known formula for toothpaste was the Egyptians’ recipe that consisted of dried iris flowers, crushed rock salt, pepper, and mint.
  • The ingredients for toothpaste in the BC era included many strange things such as ox hoof ashes, burnt eggshells, and crushed bones.
  • The modern toothbrush was invented around 1780 by a prisoner named William Addis. The toothbrush’s handle was made from bone and the brush was made of swine bristles.
  • In the late 1700s, “toothpaste” was available as a powder made mainly from burnt toast. Toothpaste stayed as a powder until the 1850s. Dr. Peabody added soap to the powder to give it extra cleaning ability.
  • In 1892, toothpaste was first put into a collapsible tube, similar to the toothpaste of today.
  • In 1914, fluoride was first added to toothpaste.
  • Proven modern toothpaste contains the ADA seal of approval. The American Dental Association gives the seal to those toothpastes that are a safe and effective product.

Contact Your Columbia, MD Dentist Today

Want to know which toothpaste is best to use? Contact us at our Columbia, MD dental office and we can help you set up an oral hygiene routine that will greatly benefit your dental health. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with your Columbia dentist, we encourage you to fill out our appointment request form or give us a call at (410) 730-6020. We hope to see you soon and help keep your smile looking as bright as ever! ​​