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A Sparkling Past: The History of Toothpaste

Jan 17, 2017 @ 10:00 AM — by Dr. David Wyse
Tagged with: General Dentistry Restorative Dentistry

It’s easy to take toothpaste for granted. Every morning when we wake up and every night before we go to bed, it’s there waiting for us, ready to help us keep our teeth clean and vibrantly white. Without it, most of us would require a lot more restorative dentistry procedures, true; thankfully, most of us were not alive at a time when toothpaste as we know it did not exist.

Of course, there was a time when people couldn’t simply visit their local drug store or super center and pick up a tube of fluoride toothpaste. However, you may be surprised to learn that the history of toothpaste, the highlights of which our Bloomington, IL dental team has assembled below, actually dates back thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians, Romans, Chinese, and Indians might not have had Cool Wintergreen Blast Tooth Whitening Gel as an option, but their early experiments with tooth cleaning powders paved the way to the toothpaste we know and love today.

We invite you to familiarize yourself with the rich history of toothpaste and then contact Chrisman & Wyse Cosmetic & General Dentistry to schedule your initial consultation. If you think dentistry’s past is interesting, wait until we introduce you to the future.

Seven-Thousand Years of Toothpaste

The history of toothpaste can be traced back approximately seven-thousand years, when it began as a highly abrasive concoction:

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