History of Toothpaste

Partially squeezed blue tube of toothpaste with a white corrugated cap against a white background

Toothpaste has been a necessary household item for several years, but have you ever wondered about the history of toothpaste? When was it created and how did it transition into its modern-day form? Let’s discuss what toothpaste looked like in its early years and how it has transformed into what it is today.

Ancient Toothpaste

Toothpaste dates all the way back to 5000 BC when the Egyptians concocted their own version. The ancient Greek, Roman, Chinese, and Indian civilizations also created a form of toothpaste in about 500 BC. However, each civilization’s toothpaste had a different formulation and included a variety of ingredients based on the culture’s preferences. The Greeks and Romans incorporated shells and crushed bones to produce a more abrasive texture, while the Chinese added herbs and salt for a more potent flavor.

Toothpaste Modifications

Significant modifications to toothpaste began in the 1800s. These early adjustments included the addition of soap, followed by chalk, and later charcoal. Moreover, advancements in formulation and manufacturing changed its texture. Prior to the 1850s, the presentation of toothpaste was typically a powder. Further development allowed a cream form of toothpaste to be distributed in a jar. Toothpaste later transitioned into a tube form in the 1890s.

Present-Day Toothpaste

Around 1945, soap was taken out of toothpaste and replaced with other ingredients to improve its smoothness and texture. A common foaming ingredient in modern toothpaste is sodium lauryl sulfate, which can be found in several other personal care items as well. Fortunately, the history of toothpaste up until now has provided us with a variety of toothpaste options that caters to all. Whether you are looking for anti-sensitivity, whitening, breath-freshening, organic, or additional fluoride, there’s plenty of toothpastes to choose from. If you’re unsure which toothpaste would best target your problem areas, our expert team can offer recommendations to help you navigate the array of options.

At-Home Care + Routine Checkups

Although we aren’t brushing like the Egyptians anymore, but even an oral hygiene routine with the most modern toothpaste needs a boost every six months to properly fight off cavities. Biannual cleanings and checkups are critical to keeping your smile healthy and strong. Schedule your appointment at Bluedot Dental today.