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    The Milestone of Toothpaste

    The Milestone of Toothpaste

    Toothpaste is a day to day stuff in most houses, of all walks of life and around the world. Toothpaste and toothbrush are used to keep our teeth and gums healthy. But did you know the historical development of toothpaste? Let’s start by reviewing the past.

    5000 BC: According to history, Egyptians were the first one to start using paste to clean their teeth. They used crushed rock salt, mint, iris flower and pepper and mixed them together to form a cleaning powder.

    500 BC: China and India were believed to use toothpaste by adding flavoring like ginseng, herbal mints and salts on to the powder.

    The development of toothpastes in modern times started in the 1800s.

    1824: A dentist named Peabody added soap to toothpaste for added cleanliness. Soap was later replaced by sodium lauryl sulfate to create a smooth paste.

    1850s: New toothpaste in a jar called a Crème Dentifrice was developed.

    1860s: Home-made toothpaste that used ground charcoal was introduces by a home encyclopedia.

    1873: The first mass production of nice-smelling toothpaste was launched by Colgate and sold in a jar.

    1892: The first person to put toothpaste in a collapsible tube was Dr. Washington Sheffield.

    1914: Fluoride toothpaste was developed after discovering it significantly decreased dental cavities.

    1987: NASA discovered toothpaste that is safe to ingest, that paved way to create toothpaste for kids that is edible.

    Today most recent advance development of toothpaste is available, such as toothpaste for whitening, to address sensitivity of teeth and many more. Most importantly, it is advisable to use soft toothpaste with fluoride and brush twice daily for at least 2 minutes.

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