Educational Odyssey: Toothpaste

Writing writing something down

Writing writing all about how.

When I began to type my fingers would take control and off I could go into a world of toothpaste.  Toothpast? you ask?  Like colgate, aquafresh, thomas the train logo on the front toothpaste.  Well there may come a time, if the shift happens the way some speculate that we would be a world without toothpaste.


Being scientific and reasoning of mind we must analyze what toothpaste really is, its purpose its higher function.


First we research a little history of the product History


Early toothpastes

Toothpastes or powders came into general use in the 19th century. The Greeks, and then the Romans, improved the recipes for toothpaste by adding abrasives such as crushed bones and oyster shells.[19] In the 9th century, the Persian musician and fashion designer Ziryab invented a type of toothpaste, which he popularized throughout Islamic Spain.[20] The exact ingredients of this toothpaste are unknown,[21] but it was reported to have been both “functional and pleasant to taste”.[20] It is not known whether these early toothpastes were used alone, were to be rubbed onto the teeth with rags, or were to be used with early toothbrushes, such as neem-tree twigs and miswak.

Washington Sheffield made the original collapsible toothpaste tubes lead.[22][23]


Tooth powder

Tooth powders for use with toothbrushes came into general use in the 19th century in Britain. Most were homemade, with chalk, pulverized brick, or salt as ingredients. An 1866 Home Encyclopedia recommended pulverized charcoal, and cautioned that many patented tooth powders that were commercially marketed did more harm than good.


Then we dream of its future while exploring its past.  I come across other signs of its long history, from eating neem_tree and its journey into Native American recipes, which led to disaster, except then I learned how to make a wigwam

There were so many short classes available through the University of Freedom.   All this knowledge available.  We’re focusing on toothpaste, how will we survive without toothpaste.  Ok I know Arm and Hammer makes toothpaste and baking soda, and I learned that baking soda and peroxide could be a toothpaste.

Then I wondered off into the the chemical compound that is baking soda. to study some chemistry.  I also learned some other useful pieces of information.

Studied a little geograph  Then I got a little lost and tired.

So I thought I would wrap up this creative writing piece about how people today are utilizing the internet for their learning solutions.

That not all of surfing is necessarily bad.  It boils down to what you are using your time for.

I’m wanting to make some homemade tortillas.  No need to have baking soda then.  At least not to cook with.  More to brush my teeth with.  B/C we’re taught you have to brush your teeth right?

I go to shop and notice that a lot of this natural green stuff is jacking up prices on $.94 boxes of Baking Soda and slapping a cool label on it for acid releif and as the capitalistic entrepreneur in me notices, this Green, Sustainable stuff is growing.

Green toothpaste?  No probably not a good marketing slogan.  How about Hemppaste?  Or just make some baking soda pills and put a different label on them and resell them.  Under a different set of keywords and oral hygiene related links.  Sell them as mouthwash pills.

Potential and opportunities float through my mind as I prepare to drift off to sleep.  I dream a dream of building a wigwam and searching for niahcolite in the stream so I can brush my teeth.


This has been an educational odyssey with Conrad Von Supertramp.

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One Response to “Educational Odyssey: Toothpaste”

  1. […] Education comes primarily from the doing, so let us do away with classrooms, and lectures and get back to the art of learning by trial and error. �Learning by being given the opportunity to make mistakes and have to reap the harvest of our efforts. �No more do-overs in class, and makeup exams. � […]

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