Posts Tagged ‘ dental history ’

What Was Dental Health Like in the Middle Ages?

When we think of medieval times, we picture peasants with rotted and missing teeth but Tim O’Neill, MA Medieval Literature, says during the Middle Ages, a white smile and pleasant breath were admirable attributes. During the Middle Ages, there’s evidence that people used toothpastes, powders, treatments, and even mouth washes for halitosis! Sugar wasn’t widely […]

Toothpaste: A Historical Timeline

Did you know the very first toothpastes probably originated around 5000 BC in China Egypt, and India? Egyptians combined rock salt, dried iris flowers, pepper, and mint, as well as some rather unsavory ingredients like ox-hoof ashes and burnt eggshells. By the late 1700s, people brushed their teeth with a powder made from — burnt […]