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The Surprising Vegan Origins of Toothpaste

The Surprising Vegan Origins of Toothpaste

The Surprising Vegan Origins of Toothpaste

When most people think of veganism, they likely think of a plant-based diet and avoiding products made from animals. But did you know that toothpaste, a seemingly innocent personal care product, can also be made without animal-derived ingredients? In fact, the origins of toothpaste can be traced back to ancient civilizations, where plant-based ingredients were commonly used to clean the teeth and freshen the breath.

Ancient Egyptians, for example, used a paste made from ground pumice stone mixed with vinegar or salt to clean their teeth. The Greeks and Romans also used similar pastes made from crushed bones and oyster shells, mixed with honey and various herbs.

Fast forward to the 19th century, and toothpaste as we know it today began to take shape. In 1824, a dentist named Peabody added soap to the traditional toothpowder recipe, creating the first "toothpaste." However, many of these early toothpastes still contained animal-derived ingredients, such as glycerin from animal fat, and were sold in the form of a paste or powder.

It wasn't until the 20th century that toothpastes began to be produced using plant-based ingredients, such as xylitol, a natural sweetener derived from birch trees, and carrageenan, a thickener derived from red algae. Today, many toothpaste brands offer vegan options that are made without animal-derived ingredients and are not tested on animals.

Tooth Be Told is one such brand, offering a line of vegan toothpastes made with the finest plant-based ingredients, carefully selected for their effectiveness in keeping teeth and gums healthy. Our toothpaste is also cruelty-free, meaning it is not tested on animals and we work with suppliers who share our values of ethical and sustainable production.

In conclusion, toothpaste can be vegan and cruelty-free, and Tooth Be Told is a brand that offers a high-quality vegan toothpaste that not only takes care of your oral health but also aligns with your ethical and sustainable values.


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