Nothing but the tooth: A History of Tooth Powders and Pastes
Take this quiz to learn more about how people brushed their teeth before toothpaste.
What is tooth powder?
- A dentifrice
- A precipice
- A detriment
Who are the first people known to use tooth powder?
- Native Americans
What ingredients were used in the Egyptian's tooth powder?
- animal hooves and ashes
- sand and honey
- salt and ground bones
What was added to tooth powders to turn them into a paste?
Dentists would frown on this popular tooth powder ingredient:
What did the Greeks and Romans use as a recipe for tooth powder?
- crushed bones and oyster shells
- ground coins and sand
- pumice and honey
What ingredients did the Romans add to help with bad breath?
- baking soda
What did the Persians caution their people about when it came to oral hygiene?
- wearing away enamel
What did the Chinese include in their recipes?
Who put toothpaste into a collapsible tube?
- Dr. Sheffield
- Dr. Gupta
- Dr. Sandler
Dr. Sheffield's company later became:
- Proctor & Gamble
- Johnson & Johnson
Our grandparents may have used this household ingredient as a tooth powder:
- baking soda
- baking powder
When did toothpaste finally catch on in the U.S.?
- after World War II
- after the Great Depression
- during the Roaring Twenties
Name the most significant addition to toothpaste:
- minty flavors
- whitening agents
When were toothpowders introduced to the market in Britain?
What ingredient produced a foaming effect?
Which of these ingredients was NOT included in the toothpowders of the 18th century?
- brick dust
- crushed china
- gold dust
Who is likeliest to pack tooth powders today?
Tooth powders contain three main ingredients: an abrasive, a detergent, and a ______.
- foaming agent
Where is Colgate tooth powder sold today?