Thankfully, our toothpaste today doesn’t contain eggshells!
A Timeline of Toothpaste’s Ongoing Invention:
Soap was added to dental paste in the early 1800s, and in 1873 Colgate began selling it in jars. Charcoal and chalk were also popular additives.
1900s: Synthetic Ingredients
In 1914, fluoride was introduced into toothpaste. Synthetic ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulphate—a foaming agent—were also added to reduce harsh tooth abrasion. These pastes helped inspire the toothpaste we use today.
2000s: New Technology
Today there are toothpastes for every dental need. Whether you’re looking for one that whitens or one for sensitivity, there’s a paste perfect for every set of smiles.
Good oral health needs more than modern toothpaste. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes and floss at least once a day to prevent decay, cavities, and gingivitis. Happy brushing!
Learn the full history of dentistry to really brush up on your dental knowledge.