TT - You won't believe these were used as toothpaste!
If there is one thing that we all need to kick start our mornings, it's brushing our teeth! Of course the coffee follows and so does a hearty breakfast.
But have you ever wondered how people used to freshen up and take care of their oral health, back in the day when the concept of toothpaste we all know, did not exist?
From some bizarre options to herbal alternatives, toothpaste had many versions in the past.
You are watching Now You Know and this video is all about finding out what toothpaste looked like when it was not invented.
The twigs or Miswak as we commonly know them, are known to have antibacterial properties and help in maintaining oral health. Easy to find and easier to use, these chewing twigs are handy to people since time immemorial.
Before toothpaste, they also made use of Brick Dust to get rid of plaque or any dirt settled onto their teeth and rubbed it over using fingers.
Did you know eggshells can stop tooth decay and also prevent cavities? Our ancestors, though weird, but invented a cure out of something that we usually throw in trash.
It was long ago discovered that charcoal is an effective teeth cleaning agent and this is why even today, we can see charcoal activated toothpaste in grocery stores. Charcoal is surprisingly believed to help brighten and whiten our teeth.
Quite bizarre of an option, but the residue left after burning wood was also used for dental hygiene. However, it did more harm than good by damaging teeth and gums over a period of time.
Thankfully, today we have toothpastes that not only cater gently to various dental problems but also have a pleasant taste, texture and smell.