Inventions of Toothpaste

toothpaste invention

Dental Care is boosted by Egyptian mixtures

The Development of pastes designed to clean teeth and freshen the breath in Egypt an early as 5000 B.C.E Myrrh, Volcanic Pumice, and Burned ashes of Ox hooves deposited. In China, around 300 B.C.E a nobleman named Huan-Ti claimed that toothaches could be cured by interesting pins into a certain area of a patient's gums. Huang-Ti's theories grew to become the world's first recorded and systematic approach to oral hygiene. In the first century C.E, for example, it was thought that toothaches could be avoided by remaining animal bones from wolves' excrement and wearing them in a band around ones' neck. At the same time, greeks and Romans were using wires to bind teeth together and began producing rudimentary instruments for tooth maintenance and extraction. Tooth Powder first became available in Europe in the late eighteenth century, although ill-conceived mixtures continued to be made available. In 1873 the Colgate Company began the mass production of aromatic toothpaste in jars. 



A Woman Invenvented a Toothpaste



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A WOMAN who invented her own toothpaste and launched a business has won an award.
Marisa Battrick received the Enterprise Award from the Prince’s Trust for her brand of natural mineral paste, called Truthpaste, which started life in her kitchen six years ago.
The 31-year-old was suffering from toothache after having a filling and decided to have a go at making her own paste to soothe the pain.
“I just mixed it all together, and it really did stop my toothache.
“I went out to buy some peppermint oil to make it more palatable, and started experimenting with all sorts of formulas.”
Ms Battrick, who lives in Whippingham Road, Brighton, had just finished education and was looking for work.
At a jobcentre appointment, an adviser recommended she take her business idea further.
They referred her to the Explore Enterprise
course, run by the Prince’s Trust.
After completing the course, Marisa juggled work as a teaching assistant with getting her business off the ground.
Since making her first sales online and at Waste Not in Brighton’s Open Market, Truthpaste has taken off, and Marisa quit her job last summer to focus on the business full time.
The brand is now stocked in health shops in Brighton and Hove and also ships to Europe and Australia.
“I never thought I would be running my own business, but I’m really glad.
“I just want to keep experimenting.”





New exhibit explores Bloomington's connection to Crest toothpaste 

Joseph C. Muhler presents toothpaste and toothbrushes to two of the 12,000 young volunteers who took part in tests of stannous fluoride toothpaste. IU Archives Buy Photos
When Bloomington residents squirt out dollops of Crest toothpaste onto their brushes, they may not realize they’re holding a piece of local history.
"It shows the impact a little town can have on the world," said A.J. Gianopoulos, the Monroe County History Center exhibits manager.
Gianopoulos said the exhibit focuses on the invention of Crest and its marketing. 
Crest began selling a new type of toothpaste utilizing fluoride to prevent cavities in 1956, according to the history centre’s exhibit.
IU historian and professor James Capshew said Joseph Muhler began to research fluoride as a dental student in the 1940s. In 1951, Muhler began working on a new fluoride toothpaste alongside IU professors Harry Day and William Nebergall using funding from Procter and Gamble, the company that owns Crest, according to the history centre’s exhibit.
The challenge was finding an element they could combine with fluoride and not lose the anti-cavity effects. Capshew said the scientists discovered fluoride and tin could be successfully mixed without degrading and began creating Crest prototypes.
Gianopoulos said the scientists had Bloomington children test the product. Children received free dental checkups during a time when many families could not financially prioritize dental health.  
Half of the children received a placebo toothpaste, and the other half received a stannous fluoride toothpaste, Gianopoulos said. The scientists found in some groups children had nearly 50% fewer cavities after using Crest.  
Gianopoulos said children from the trials and their families participated in commercials advertising Crest toothpaste.
Many current Bloomington residents reached out the history centre to say they had participated in the trials, education manager Andrea Hassell said.
The exhibit will conclude Oct. 12.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly referred to James Capshew as an adjunct professor. It also incorrectly stated Joseph Muhler attended IU-Purdue University Indianapolis. The IDS regrets this error.
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