Toothpaste History The Greeks, and Romans, improved the toothpaste recipes by adding crushed bones and oyster shells, which was used as abrasives. In the 9th century, fashion designer Ziryab, a Persian musician, invented a form of toothpaste, which was popular throughout Spain in its Islamic period. The precise ingredients of his toothpaste are unknown, mystery today, but stories tell us it was functional and pleasant tasting. It is unknown whether these first used toothpastes were used by themselves, or rubbed onto the teeth with early toothbrushes, or rags. There is also evidence that it was usd with neem-tree twigs or miswak, which was a teeth cleaning twig. Present day toothpaste and powders came into general during the nineteenth century.
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