By MF '09

Toothpaste began when Greeks and Romans used different materials to clean their teeth. Now we have not only toothpaste that comes in great flavors, but their have ingredients that can fight cavities, which keep your gums healthy. In toothpaste the level of abrasivity is critical. Toothpaste must have enough to remove stains and dental plaque without damaging the surface of your teeth. In toothpaste detergents are used as foaming agents. These detergents are used to loosen food particles and other debris. Things such as fluoride are used to keep teeth and oral soft tissues healthy. These things are call Therapeutic Agents.
Burrell, Kenneth H. "Toothpaste." Scientific American November 99: 132.

A dentist called Peabody first added soap to toothpaste in 1824. Then John Harris added chalk to toothpaste in the 1850's and in 1873 the first nice smelling toothpaste was produced in jars. Then a man named Dr. Washington Sheffield produced toothpaste in a collapsible tube. Later research resulted in the use of fluoride in the toothpaste.
"Toothbrush History." 1999. 27 February 2004.


Brushing your teeth is very important and there are many reasons why. First off, if you use toothpaste and brush correctly you can remove plaque. Plaque will cause caries, gum disease, and eventual tooth loss if not eliminated. Second, toothpaste has fluoride, which will make the tooth more resistant to decay. Third the toothpaste has special ingredients which clean and polish teeth and which will remove stains over time. Last, toothpaste helps make your breath smell better and leaves your with a great clean feeling. "Why brushing with toothpaste is important?" academy of general dentistry.
02 March 2004.

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