Top 10 weirdest toothpastes
Top 10 weirdest toothpastes

Toothpaste is a staple of bathroom cabinets all over the world. It's an important part of any oral care routine and helps to keep teeth strong and healthy and breath minty fresh! But what happens when we decide we want a bit more than the simple toothpaste?

Let’s take a look at the list of top 10 weirdest toothpastes, and short look at the bizzare history of toothpastes that you probably have never known.

Weird and bizzare history of toothpastes

Have you ever wondered what people used to brush their teeth before the invention of the minty fresh paste we know and love today? It turns out, humans have used many different concoctions over the years, ranging from harsh but effective to downright gross.

It’s safe to say we’re spoiled with the modern blend of fluoride, gentle abrasives, humectants, flavorings and detergents found in popular brands. However, it’s only been in the last 100 years or so that our version of toothpaste has been in existence.

Still curious about what ancient civilizations and humans in the not-so-distant past used to clean their teeth? Here is how this dental hygiene staple evolved through the ages.

Beginning with the Egyptians

The first civilization historians have documented using a toothpaste-like mixture to brush their teeth is the Egyptians. It is believed to have been used as early as 5,000 BC, though the first recorded formula dates back to 4 AD. Their simple mixture contained:

  • Crushed rock salt
  • Mint
  • Iris flowers
  • Pepper

No one knows exactly what was first used to clean teeth, but evidence shows that the Egyptians whipped up a dental cream by mixing powdered egg shells, pumice, ox hooves and water, according to Colgate.

A later version of toothpaste used by the Egyptians was a combination of salt, pepper, mint and dried iris flowers. Both 'toothpastes' would have been used to scrape plaque and debris off teeth and keep them at a minimal level of cleanliness.

As you may imagine, this formula caused lots of irritation and gum bleeding. Though in terms of effectiveness, it cleaned teeth remarkably well. Some would even say it was the most effective oral cleansing treatment used until nearly a century ago.

Toothpaste’s Transformation

Crushed rock salt and mint weren’t the only mixtures humans tried before getting it right.

Some favored formulas featured crushed bone and oyster shells in Greek and Roman societies, and ginseng, herbal mints and salt in Chinese cultures. Other ingredients ancient humans used included ox hooves, pumice, brick dust, burnt eggshells, ashes, chalk and pulverized charcoal. Sound appetizing? We didn’t think so.

In more recent centuries, toothpaste continued to evolve:

  • 1780: Evidence shows people used burnt breadcrumbs to brush.
  • 1824: A dentist named Dr. Peabody adds soap to abrasive ingredients for more cleaning power. Later on, soap was replaced by a detergent called sodium lauryl sulfate for a better blended consistency. You may recognize it from toothpastes you use today. This was the turning point from what were typically actual tooth powders to a more paste-like texture.
  • 1850’s: Chalk is used in oral hygiene routines for the next few decades.
  • 1873: The first smooth, good smelling paste is created by Colgate and sold in tiny glass jars.
  • 1892: Dr. Washington Sheffield introduces the first collapsible toothpaste tube.
  • 1914: Fluoride is added to toothpastes after studies show its many benefits to teeth.
  • 1987: Edible toothpaste is invented by NASA for astronauts to brush in space without spitting. It continues to be used today by children while they are still learning how to brush.
  • 1989: The first toothpaste marketed as “whitening” is sold by Rembrandt.

Toothpaste has clearly come a long way from crushed bone and shell mixtures in recent years, though its purpose has always stayed the same: to clean teeth and freshen breath.

After learning what ancient cultures used to maintain dental health, we sure are thankful for our contemporary oral hygiene options!

Top 10 Weirdest Flavoured Toothpastes That Ever Existed

10. Tanny’s Taste ice cream flavoured toothpaste

9. Curry flavored toothpaste

8. Champagne Flavored Toothpaste

7. E-Mail Diamant Rouge Toothpaste

6. Crest Mint Chocolate Trek, U.S

5. Monkey Brand Black Toothpaste

4. The Two Way Toothpaste

3. Chocolate Toothpaste

2. Whiskey Flavored Toothpaste

1. Herbal Toothpaste from Thailand

What are the most weirdest flavoured toothpastes?

10. Tanny’s Taste ice cream flavoured toothpaste

Photo: Behance
Photo: Behance

Invented by a Pediatric Dentist and Mom: As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Janelle Holden knows how important it is for children to brush their teeth regularly. As a mom, she also knows how difficult it can be to get children to brush. So, Dr. Holden created a toothpaste that children will look forward to using because it tastes delicious! She worked in collaboration with formulation experts to create Tanner’s Tasty Paste, a toothpaste that is safe, natural, effective, and enjoyable to use.

The toothpaste is called Tanner's Tasty Paste. There are four different flavors:

Banilla Bling - vanilla ice cream flavor

BlingSide - vanilla & orange ice cream flavor

Cha Cha Chocolate - chocolate ice cream flavor

Baby Bling - flouride free with a mild vanilla ice cream flavour.

9. Curry flavored toothpaste

Photo: Jonelle Patrick
Photo: Jonelle Patrick

Ottogi, a Korean company that specialises in food manufacturing, and 2080, a company focusing on oral care, have collaborated and produced—a product that literally nobody asked for—curry-flavoured toothpaste.

Yes, the Ottogi Curry Toothpaste might sound gimmicky, but it does claim to possess similar benefits just like regular toothpaste. It contains Vitamin E, sodium fluoride, and tocopheryl acetate. These ingredients help brighten your teeth, prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and remove bad breath.

On top of that, the Ottogi Curry Toothpaste also contains a mild turmeric extract, which means you’ll be able to smell and subtly taste curry at first. But fret not, the curry does not overpower its mint base. In fact, the more you brush your teeth, the more refreshing it gets.

7. E-Mail Diamant Rouge Toothpaste

Photo: Youtube
Photo: Youtube

The acidity of certain foods and drinks attacks your teeth by eroding their surface. Over time, the enamel becomes brittle: micro-cracks appear on the surface, in which the stains and dental plaque settle. Teeth become tarnished and lose their natural shine.

REPLENIUM ™ toothpaste is the solution to help regenerate enamel and restore whiteness and shine:

Action 1: A purified mouth. An optimum level of bicarbonate (35%) for an intense cleaning and purifying action, helping to remove dental plaque and surface stains. Action 2: Email regenerated and protected. Patented Calcium Liquid ™ technology promotes the regeneration of enamel by restoring its mineral content with regular brushing.

Associated with the active fluorine, it prevents demineralization of the enamel and strengthens it.

Better protected, smoother, your teeth are stronger, brighter and whiter.

6. Crest Mint Chocolate Trek, U.S

Photo: Something Foodie
Photo: Something Foodie

Crest is a brand that has continually pushed to improve oral health since its inception in 1955. Today, Crest is among the most trusted household brands, a value reinforced by the continued acceptance of many of its products by the American Dental Association. In addition, Crest complies with rules and regulations established by the FDA. Crest’s dream is to lead the way in the passionate pursuit of perfect oral health so that everyone can have a healthy, beautiful smile for life.

Not only is Crest Be toothpaste loaded with delicious flavors, it also gives you the trusted experience you’ve come to expect from Crest. It cleans, fights cavities, whitens and freshens breath—all while making your brushing routine anything but routine with sensational flavors.

• Fights cavities

• Whitens teeth

• Freshens breath

5. Monkey Brand Black Toothpaste

Photo: MouthShut
Photo: MouthShut

Okay so we are back to using charcoal for cleaning teeth. As discussed before, charcoal is really effective when it comes to being toothpaste. Now, imagine toothpaste made from crushed charcoal infused with vapor rub (not really used). That sounds unbearable in the mouth and most people actually do but this toothpaste does wonders. Although the toothpaste is not really a paste, it works just as well. The charcoal powder helps in cleaning the teeth and the intense mint leaves the mouth fresh all day. If that does not attract you, the brand name should.

For dental cleanliness. An all natural, organic teeth whitener 100 year old brand : Ayurvedic Toothpowder Monkey Brand Black Tooth Powder is composed of a medley of ayurvedic essential oils and ingredients, mixed in finely-ground wood charcoal to produce a product with holistic dental care abilities. Finely ground wood charcoal, being an organic bleach, is a gentle and natural stain-remover, while the natural herbs and oils promote the health of the softer gum tissue. Regular users of tobacco-based products will notice a marked difference upon a few applications of this product. Use the product at least every alternate day, in addition to your normal brush/floss routine to experience best effects.

4. The Two Way Toothpaste

Photo: BuzzWays
Photo: BuzzWays

Setting aside all the weird flavors and ingredients for a second, we look at a toothpaste that is weird not for its contents but for the container. We have all had issues with toothpaste tubes and people squeezing from the top and middle instead of the bottom. Enter the Two Way Toothpaste. This tube has two openings which mean no one is ever wrong. If someone squeezed the bottom, just turn it around and pop open the other end and you’re good to go – A clever way to avoid arguments in the morning.

3. Chocolate Toothpaste

Photo: Shopee
Photo: Shopee

We saw the chocolate flavored toothpaste and loved the idea of it. Now, what about actual chocolate toothpaste? Impossible? Not at all. In 2005, Unilever in the Philippines introduced Close-up Flavorlicious. It is chocolate infused toothpaste called Choco Loco. Unlike the flavor of chocolate, this toothpaste uses the extract of cocoa. This extract helps is protecting the teeth and is even better than fluoride in preventing cavities. Children everywhere should try this toothpaste and you will not need to ask them to brush. They might even brush their teeth thrice a day.

2. Whiskey Flavored Toothpaste

Photo: Messy Nessy Chic
Photo: Messy Nessy Chic

In 1954, Dr. Don Poynter invented the weird toothpaste that contained a small amount of Scotch, Bourbon, Rye, and it also contained 3% alcohol. These products enjoyed a brief but heady run for their novelty and amusement value. The product gained enough media attention that Life magazine did a story on Poynter’s invention. Several other brands later copied the idea and Poynter ceased production soon after.

Retiring in the late 1990s, Poynter has held patents on 100 or so novelty items, admittedly a nebulous number because “I never really bothered looking it up,” He said in an interview.

Introduced in America, the whiskey toothpaste has bourbon or scotch flavors incorporated into it. This means you can go to bed with your favorite drink and wake up to the same taste. What else can you ask for? How about a Jack Daniel’s tube? And the cherry on the top is that the toothpaste is not expensive at all. For a little over $1, you can have this boozy doozey.

1. Herbal Toothpaste from Thailand

Photo: Organic Store
Photo: Organic Store

Thai people have unique oral hygiene traditions that date back to the ancient times. Before tooth brushes and toothpastes became widely available, people in Thailand and other countries of Southeast Asia had used teeth cleaning twigs to keep their teeth clean and prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Such twigs can be obtained from a variety of tree species, the most widely used ones include miswak (Salvadora persica, also known as arak or toothbrush tree) and neem (Azadirachta indica, also known as Indian lilac).

What are the main benefits of Thai toothpastes with herbs? First and foremost, these toothpastes are valued for their strong whitening effect achieved due to natural ingredients. They are free of abrasive whitening agents that may damage the tooth enamel. Second, Thai toothpastes are rich in herbal extracts and essential oils that have a wide range of useful properties. Plant-derived ingredients help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, eliminate dental plaque and tartar, keep the breath fresh, relieve sore gums and toothache.

Third, toothpastes from Thailand are natural. Most of them are free of synthetic colourants, preservatives, fragrance, emulsifies, surfactants, thickeners, sweeteners, or any other artificial ingredients. That’s why Thai toothpastes are so popular among those who prefer natural and organic cosmetics. Of course, all-natural toothpastes often have an unusual texture but most people quickly get used to it because the effect of Thai toothpastes is well worth it.

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