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Iron Rust and Your Airdrie Springs Dental Clinic

Did you know that the modern version of toothpaste has only existed for about 100 years? In Ancient Greece, they used coral powder, alabaster, talc, pumice, and even iron rust as toothpaste.


Aren’t you glad you don’t live in Ancient Greece?

The good news is that you no longer have to use iron rust for toothpaste.

The even better news is that you can have a radiant, healthy smile RIGHT NOW. The truth is, we are ready to start when you say “go!” We love working with decision-makers who are ready to get all the benefits of quality treatment.

If that sounds like you then give Airdrie Springs Dental Clinic a call! We can take it from there and make sure you get on the schedule so your final results aren’t delayed.

Good dental hygiene is necessary
Good dental hygiene is necessary

History of Toothpaste

Egyptians are believed to have started using a paste to clean their teeth around 5000BC before toothbrushes were invented. Ancient Greeks and Romans are known to have used toothpaste, and people in China and India first used toothpaste around 500BC.

Ancient toothpaste was used to treat some of the same concerns that we have today – keeping teeth and gums clean, whitening teeth, and freshening breath. The ingredients of ancient toothpaste were however very different and varied. Ingredients used included a powder of ox hooves’ ashes and burnt eggshells, that was combined with pumice.

The Greeks and Romans favoured more abrasiveness and their toothpaste ingredients included crushed bones and oyster shells.

The Romans added more flavouring to help with bad breath, as well as powdered charcoal and bark. The Chinese used a wide variety of substances in toothpaste over time that has included ginseng, herbal mints, and salt.

Did you know that toothpaste can remove rust stains?

Apply to fabric and rub with a damp cloth, then rinse before washing. Or rub toothpaste onto rust marks on silverware or tools, let sit for 10 minutes, then wash away. The white, non-gel variety works best