It’s funny that we’re so used to teeth cleaning being all about ‘toothpaste’. Who decided a tube of paste was best?
Toothpaste is actually a pretty new invention – not so long ago tooth powder was the norm, and the mere idea of a paste would have got you some very strange looks. Up until World War 1 ‘powder’ was the most popular product to put on your toothbrush. Toothpowder is a rare thing these days, but powders are still around.
The first ‘paste’ was possibly an 18th century thing, although opinions vary. It was also a pretty weird home-made concoction and mixed up when you wanted to use it — and only recommended for use every couple of days! More on this kind of thing from the wonderful Toothpaste World, written by a guy who collects toothpaste…
But there are many alternatives to using toothpaste, especially if you are concerned about the use of certain chemicals.
You can try home store cupboard approaches such as simply brushing with baking soda (quite pleasant, and often used in toothpastes anyway!). There are a whole bunch of other possibilities too listed here – although some are a little more wacky than others.
You can also get some ready-to-go products that use all-natural ingredients such as Dental Pro 7, which is a blend of essential oils and plant extracts that clean your teeth, kill bacteria and leave you minty fresh too. They say you can chuck out your toothpaste, mouthwash and breath mints and just use this instead.
Alternatives take a bit of a rethink, but mainly because we’ve been so heavily blasted over years with adverts telling us to squeeze the tube and put a paste on our brush. But powders or liquids are actually just as easy to use. Give it a try, you might just like it 🙂
P.S. Ever noticed how toothpaste ads show people covering their entire toothbrush with large amounts of paste… when all the advice and even the instructions on the packet say to use a ‘pea sized’ blob..? Surely they don’t want us to use up their products faster than necessary…