Toothpaste is a gel or paste that is used to clean teeth. This gel is used to help promote oral health and hygiene. It helps to remove the plaque and food particles that can get into the teeth after eating and it also helps to remove some of the stains that drinking certain liquids, such as coffee, can cause. The main reason to use toothpaste is that it helps to reduce the occurrence of tooth and gum disease. Dentists advise that you should brush your teeth after every meal and before bed, but if this is not possible then it should be done at least twice a day, first thing in the morning and the last thing at night.

Did you know that the people of Ancient Egypt and India used toothpastes as far back as 5000 B.C.? The earliest reference to use of toothpaste occurred around the 4th Century AD. The toothpaste of this time was simply a mixture of powdered salt, pepper and mint leaves. Other groups such as the Romans did not use such a colourful collection of things; instead they began creating toothpaste formulation based from human urine. It is not known how the early \peoples applied the toothpaste, but it is speculated that they rubbed it on their teeth using a cloth or a rag. The modern toothbrush was not invented until the 1400s and it still wasn’t widely used until the 1800s.

Modern toothpaste was created around the 1900s. This paste was made from hydrogen peroxide and baking soda and came with the recommendation that this form of toothpaste be used with a toothbrush. Fluoride was added to the toothpaste in 1914. The use of fluoride was approved by the American Dental Association in the 1950’s, after much criticism. There are a number of brands of toothpaste on the market today, but Crest has been labelled as the toothpaste that fights back against plaque and food particles the best and it has been known to reduce the risk of gum disease.