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How did people prior to the 19th century clean their teeth?
There was no toothpaste, toothbrush, floss or mouthwash during such time. Neither were there any dentists. They must be having awfully bad breath all the time. Also they must be suffering lots of cavities and various tooth problems. I don't think their teeth could have lasted beyond age 20.

How did these people live without any kind of oral hygiene?

The first answer is correct. People used plants of various types, twigs, fibers and other natural things to clean teeth and freshen breath.

dunno I know my moms teath are much worse than mine (age 14)

maybe herbs to hold in there mouth?

They have had tooth bushes for hundreds of years.

Baking soda and other cleaners were used. Toothpicks, twigs/sticks and other scrapers.

You should see the little 'spoon' type of thing they used for earwax.

They lived just as a lot of people live nowadays without oral hygiene. Talk to a dentist and you will hear horror stories of people who just don't care about their teeth until decay sets in and causes pain. If you have a large number in your own family, there are some who just will not go for annual dental check-ups.
You're grossed out about oral hygiene? There were worse problems. They had no toilet tissue. They had no kotex. A character in one of George Bernard Shaw's plays says his grandfather never had a bath all his life, and was quite happy about it!
When I hear people saying how they would like to time-travel back into the past, I know I am listening to idiots.

They took them out and washed them in the stream and put them back in.


Cary Cyd
Tribal clans used willow twigs to form primitive toothbrushes & shamans (Medicine men) knew about plants to chew to make breath smell better & give a fresh taste to the mouth.

The medicine men & doctors in the centuries before the 1800s acted as dentists. They usually just pulled out teeth that were impacted or infected, then had their patients chew on a poultice of mace & clove to draw out the poison while taking care of the odorous stench.

Most people only lived to be late 40s or into their 50s & had few of their real teeth when they died.

Katyushka B
the most common way of cleaning teeth was with the use of a stick that was frayed at the end. A great brief history of oral hygiene can be found here. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/164851/a_brief_history_of_your_toothbrush.html at this web site

Good morning ..In my country (Arabic world) we still use sometimes the old method of cleaning the teeth by using a special kind of tree small branches and roots called (Mesuaq) , the new science and botany aproved that this kind of trees have a juice which is very good for the gum and the teeth ( and it give a very nice smell) .may be they use the same idea in your country but by another kind of trees.

I read somewhere that the Romans rubbed mint leaves on their teeth.

There are different ways to clean your teeth without a toothbrush but yes, I'm sure there was a LOT OF bad breath back in the day. And, yes, a lot of people lost a lot of teeth but, on the other hand, people didn't live as long so didn't need their teeth as long.

Necessity is the mother of invention! :) Just because people didn't have toothbrushes didn't mean they had no oral hygiene. It's also worth remembering that they didn't eat as much refined sugar or processed food as we do today.

Indigenous peoples would chew charcoal (eg burnt sticks) to clean their teeth.

I found this from: http://www.virtualquarry.co.uk/units/unitsci5/Lesson_2.doc (note this is a download):


The History of Toothpaste:

As long ago as 5000 BC the Egyptians were making a tooth powder consisting of powdered ashes of ox hooves, myrrh, powdered and burnt eggshells, and pumice. It is thought that it was rubbed onto the teeth using the fingers.

The Greeks, and then the Romans, improved the recipes for toothpaste by adding abrasives such as crushed bones and oyster shells, which were used to clean debris from teeth. The Romans added powdered charcoal, powdered bark and more flavouring agents to improve the breath.

There are only a few records related to toothpaste or powder then until around 1000 AD when the Persians wrote to advise their people to be wary of the possible dangers of using hard abrasives as toothpowders. It was recommended that people used burnt hartshorn, the burnt shells of snails and burnt gypsum. Other Persian recipes involved dried animal parts, herbs, honey and minerals

There is then another huge gap in the history of toothpaste until the 18th Century, when toothpowder, or dentifrice, became available in Britain. These powders were developed by doctors, dentists and chemists and included substances very abrasive to teeth, such as brick dust, crushed china, earthenware and cuttlefish. Bicarbonate of soda was used as the basis for most toothpowders, and some contained other ingredients that would not be considered appropriate today, such as sugar. Borax powder was added at the end of the 18th Century to produce a favourable foaming effect. The rich applied toothpowder with a brush. The poor cleaned their teeth with bicarbonate of soda, using their fingers.

In the early 19th Century, Glycerin was added to make the powders into a paste. It also helped to make it more palatable. Strontium was introduced at this time as well, which strengthens teeth and reduce sensitivity. A dentist called Peabody became the first person to add soap to toothpowder in 1824 and chalk was added in the 1850s by John Harris.

Toothpaste was first mass-produced in 1873. It was in a jar and it smelt good for the first time. In 1892, Dr. Washington Sheffield of Connecticut was the first to put toothpaste into a collapsible tube: Dr Sheffield's Creme Dentifrice. Sheffield's company was to become Colgate

After World War II there were great advances in the development of toothpaste. Synthetic detergents replaced the soap with emulsifying agents, such as sodium lauryl sulphate. This was soon followed by the discovery that the addition of fluoride and fluoride compounds to toothpaste would strengthen tooth enamel against decay.

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Hope this helps!


With a rag, just wiping across the teeth. But dental care has been around for a long time, even Hippocrates and Aristotle wrote articles on dentistry. Paul Revere actually was a dentist too. The link below has a great timeline that goes from ancient times to 20th Century.

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