- In 5000 BC the Egyptians made a tooth powder from myrrh, the powdered ashes of ox hooves, powdered and burnt eggshells, and pumice
- The first use of toothpaste started in the 19th century in the form of powders made from chalk, pulverised brick or salt
- Oral care has witnessed crucial improvements in recent decades, such as the introduction of fluorides and antibacterial ingredients to prevent tooth decay, plaque-reducing mouth rinses and substances to gently clean sensitive teeth
Toothpastes, mouthwashes, certain flosses, other pastes & creams
Did you know?
- Toothpaste is the single most important consumer product in the ongoing battle to maintain good oral health
- In addition to improved hygiene, toothpaste can be combined with other benefits such as tooth-whitening and breath-freshening
- Fluoride has played a significant role in the improvement of dental health over the past 20 years, shown by the fact that the severity of tooth decay has decreased
- Recent advances in oral care products for sensitive teeth enable improved quality of life for many consumers
- Oral care products help protect against enamel erosion. Early epidemiological research indicates there may be a link between good oral hygiene and cardio-vascular health
"I wish a product could detect the first signs of tooth decay..."