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Where did toothpaste come from? How long have people been using it to clean their smile? Our dentist and team would love to enlighten you on the history of toothpaste.

Around 5000 BC, the Egyptians began using a paste to clean their teeth. This was before any form of toothbrush had been invented. Those in Ancient Greek and Rome are also known to have used toothpastes. Around 500 BC, forms of toothpaste were used in China and India.

Ancient peoples wanted some of the same things out of their toothpastes as we do today. They wished to clean their teeth and gums, freshen their breath, and whiten their teeth. Despite this, the ingredients used were very different than what we use today.

More modern forms of toothpastes began to be developed in the 1800s. Early versions used soap, chalk, or charcoal. Before the 1850s, many toothpastes were actually powders. The first toothpaste in a jar was made in 1850 and toothpaste in jars began being mass produced in 1873.

Until about 1945, toothpastes contained soap. After that point, the soap was replaced by ingredients that smoothed the paste, like sodium lauryl sulphate. Sodium lauryl sulphate is still a common ingredient in toothpaste.

We welcome you to contact Royal Dental Care today at 503-554-6714 to learn more and to schedule your next visit with Dr. Marco Gutierrez. Our dentist in Newberg, Oregon, looks forward to serving your smile!