25 Facts About Toothpaste Everyone Should Know

With this one we shall be writing about the different facts about toothpaste. Oral hygiene is a very important part of our general health and it is only fair that we know  a thing or two about a product that has become part and parcel of our existence since childhood. Oral hygiene is one of those naturally healthy habits that should be prioritized.

Toothpaste is used to promote oral hygiene: it is an abrasive that aids in removing dental plaque and food from the teeth, it also assists in suppressing halitosis, and helps deliver active ingredients (most commonly fluoride) to help prevent tooth decay (dental caries) and gum disease (gingivitis).

We all know the importance of toothpastes for oral hygiene. Especially for those of us who have suffered from tooth decay and gingivitis before.

I currently have a hole in my gum due to one tooth that broke into two. I had to remove the shaky half in a very crude manner without vising the dentist and i pray no one go through such pain like i did.

To keep that part of my mouth healthy, i make sure to brush after every meal and before going to bed. Because at the end of the day a smelly mouth is all it takes to make our appearance awkward.

We take for granted the need for a sound oral health but because halitosis is real, as well as other kind of mouth diseases it is important we keep both our toothpastes and brushes near before it becomes too late.

Trust me!

I know what i am saying, because i am an unhappy victim.

Facts About Toothpaste

1.  It is now common practice to have our toothpastes sold in tubes. But do you know that was once a time when it came in a different format? Like the Colgate toothpaste which was originally sold in a jar.

2 Tubes for toothpaste was first manufactured by  Washington Sheffield of New London, CT in 1880. He was inspired after his son traveled to Paris and saw painters using paint from tubes. The original collapsible toothpaste tubes were made of lead.

3. It was not until in 1896 that Colgate began packaging their own toothpaste in collapsible tubes imitating Sheffield.

4. The earliest known toothpastes were made in Egypt. The Egyptians made a tooth powder, which consisted of powdered ashes of ox hooves, myrrh, powdered and burnt eggshells, and pumice, as far back as 5000 BC.

5.In 19th century Britain, Most tooth powder were homemade, with chalk, pulverized brick, or salt as ingredients.

6. Toothpastes are made up of different ingredients, but the tree main ones being abrasives, fluoride, and detergents.

7. It is a known fact that swallowing toothpastes in large quantity is toxic. Especially Fluoride-containing toothpastes.

Facts about toothpaste

8. The most common detergent in toothpaste is sodium lauryl sulfate. A derivable substance from both coconut and palm kernel.

9. The most important ingredient in toothpaste is the Fluoride Content. Which helps in strengthening tooth enamel and make it more resistant to acid attack, which precipitates tooth decay. And by the way, fluoride is a mineral derived from fluorine, which is the 13th most abundant element in the universe

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice daily can reduce tooth decay by as much as 40 percent. “Even in areas where there is water fluoridation, the added fluoride in toothpaste has been shown to be very beneficial,” says Caryn Loftis-Solie, RDH, president of the American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA).

10. Toothpaste can in fact affect the taste of food after brushing. It alters the way our body interprets tastes, by inhibiting taste receptors on our tongue that detect sweetness.

11. It should be noted at this point that before the arrival of toothpastes, the main mouth wash was tooth powder.

12. One crucial pointer to take from this list of facts about toothpaste is that any toothpaste with a combination of fluoride and xylitol is  more effective at preventing dental caries than just fluoride alone.

13. Every tooth paste has an expiry date. The reason is because the fluoride in toothpaste tend to become less effective with time. With this in mind, the expiration date for toothpastes was set at two years.

14. Not all the facts about toothpaste is about oral hygiene. Do you know that your normal toothpaste can actually help you get rid of pimples. Yea!

Apply toothpaste on pimples by night and it would help dehydrate the pimple and absorbs its oil. Drying it up by the next day morning.

15. It can also help you remove coffee stains from mugs. All you have to do is a little toothpaste to help remove it. The after a while was it off. It can also help to remove tarnish from silver.

16.  Unlike the Egyptians, the Greeks and Romans wanted more abrasiveness in their toothpastes, as such their ingredients included crushed bones and oyster shells. While Romans added more flavoring to help with bad breath, as well as powdered charcoal and bark.

17. Do you know that early versions of toothpastes contained soap. That is before it was changed with sodium lauryl sulfate. It was actually Dr. Peabody who added soap to toothpaste in 1824.

18.  Before the 1850s, ‘ toothpastes ‘ were usually made in powder form. It was in the 1850s, that a new toothpaste in a jar called a Crème Dentifrice was developed.

19. Fluoride was first introduced into toothpastes to help prevent or treat specific diseases and conditions such as tooth sensitivity in 1914.

20. Apart from fluoride and soap that was added to toothpastes. Other timeline also talked of another addition. It  was recorded that Dr. John Harris added chalk to toothpaste in the 1850s.

21.  The Chinese were actually the first to add flavor by adding flavoring, with Ginseng, herbal mints, and salt. That was after the Egyptians and before the modern era of toothpastes.

22. In the 1970’s another kind of toothpastes was invented. An herbal toothpaste that did not contain fluoride by Tom’s of Maine. While in 1980’s edible toothpastes was invented by NASA for astronauts.

23.  The first whitening toothpaste was created by Rembrandt in 1989. A pioneer idea that would be adopted by other oral hygiene companies.

24. Do you know that your toothpaste contains a chemical that is used for washing dead bodies? Yes! Your innocent toothpaste contains an Embalming fluid. And it is called Formaldehyde.

It is a known fact that small amounts of formaldehyde in toothpaste kills bacteria in the mouth. And is known to be fatal at an higher rate of ingestion.

25. The consistency in flow that we find in toothpastes is due to the presence of seaweed.

I hope you like this post detailing the different facts about toothpaste? If you do, then do not forget to share!


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