15 Interesting Toothpaste Facts

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15 Interesting Toothpaste Facts

An In-Depth Guide to Toothpaste History and Fun Facts

Toothpaste has been a staple in maintaining dental health and general oral hygiene for centuries. This article delves into the fascinating history of toothpaste, its various iterations, and interesting facts that you might not know.

Early Versions

Egyptians were among the first to create tooth powder around 5,000 BC. Their version included myrrh, pumice, ox hooves, and burnt eggshells. The Greeks and Romans also had their own versions of toothpaste.

The 19th Century Revolution

Modern toothpaste gained popularity in the 19th century when Colgate Company began producing it in bulk. Dr. Washington Sheffield made history by creating the first toothpaste stored in a collapsible tube, inspired by Paris-based painters.

Waste Disposal in Space

In space, there are no proper waste disposal systems, and the environment is quite unstable. Astronauts are forced to swallow toothpaste when brushing their teeth.

Colgate Brand Controversy

In China, a Colgate brand called “Darkie” (formerly known as “Blackie”) has attracted a lot of stereotypes and has been under review over the past few years. Colgate has admitted to changing the toothpaste’s name and logo, inspired by singer ai Jolson, to make it more acceptable.

Toothpaste Ingredients

Today’s toothpaste contains ingredients like human urine (ammonia for whitening), mouse brains (to make the toothpaste more effective), and powdered charcoal (as an abrasive). Most toothpaste brands contain silica, which serves as an abrasive to remove stains and plaque.

Uncommon Uses for Toothpaste

Toothpaste can also be used to clean jewelry such as silver or gold. However, this should be avoided as toothpaste can cause significant damage to these materials.

Aloe Vera for Sensitive Teeth

Aloe Vera toothpaste is an excellent option for those with sensitive teeth. It minimizes inflammation while protecting gums from harmful bacteria.

Damaging Prescription Glasses

Toothpaste can cause further damage to prescription glasses due to its abrasive particles and other ingredients.

Radioactive Toothpaste

During the 1920s and World War II, a radioactive toothpaste called Doramad was manufactured by Auergesellschaft from Berlin, Germany. It contained thorium, a radioactive metal suitable for gum health and fighting bacteria.

Fluoride in Toothpaste

Many toothpaste manufacturers add fluoride to their products. However, not all toothpastes contain fluoride, with xylitol being a popular alternative ingredient.

Fluorosis Precautions

Kid’s toothpaste often contains low amounts of fluoride and other similar ingredients to prevent fluorosis. It is not recommended for children to use the same toothpaste as adults.

Expiration Dates

Most toothpaste products expire after about six months. Be sure to check the expiration date before using a product.

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