Throwback Thanksgiving: How America’s Earliest Residents Brushed their Teeth
Considering that the first commercial toothpaste didn’t exist until 1873. Oral hygiene back then didn’t meet today’s standards.
See how the pilgrims and American Indians made-do without modern dental products:
Although modern dentistry was at its early stages in England, the settlers across the ocean lived a more rugged life. Often, they created toothbrushes out of sticks and hog hair and used salt instead of toothpaste.
• American Indians
Little is known about Native American dental care, but it’s believed their holistic lifestyle offered better dental hygiene than their pilgrim counterparts. Many northeastern tribes used sage and other herbs for toothpaste.
Things have changed since the first Thanksgiving! And it makes us all the more thankful for our toothbrush and toothpaste.