You brush every day to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Most people don’t think much about their toothpaste, except whether they like gel or paste. These interesting tidbits about toothpaste might surprise you.
Read on to learn more about toothpaste, and share these cool facts with your friends!
- Before modern toothpaste existed, people tried all kinds of dry, rough substances to clean their teeth, such as crushed eggshell, pumice, and the burnt hooves of animals.
- In the past, brushing your teeth wasn’t important so many people had black, rotten teeth, including Queen Elizabeth I.
- Toothpaste is often flavored from plants like spearmint and peppermint.
- Dicalcium phosphate dehydrate is the abrasive in toothpaste that helps remove leftover food and plaque from teeth. It makes up about 1/5th of the toothpaste tube.
- Colgate began selling the first commercial brand of toothpaste in 1873. Crest made its U.S. debut in 1955.
- A document from the 4th century A.D. provided a recipe of ingredients needed for the perfect smile: one drachma (one hundredth of an ounce) of rock salt, two drachmas of mint, one drachma of dried iris flower, and 20 grains of pepper, all crushed and mixed together.
- Found in shampoo and soap, surfactants are the ingredients that allow the paste to foam and they help spread the toothpaste over your teeth.
- Other than texture and flavor, gels and pastes work the same so it’s a matter of personal preference.
- The most important ingredient in toothpaste is fluoride, which helps strengthen enamel and prevent cavities. Don’t use fluoride toothpaste on children under two because they can ingest too much and cause staining on their teeth.