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Ancient Toothpaste

Note: What follows is historical fact though you may find it more than that. Ancient Romans, for teeth hygiene, brushed and rinsed with human urine. Portuguese was thought the finest because it made teeth the whitest. Even the poet Catullus praised it but never brushed his teeth with it. And if a Roman ran out of it at home there’s always his/her homemade own.

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Date: 7/4/2022 9:15:00 AM
You’re hilarious, and a great source for my weird muse. Enjoyed!
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Maurice Rigoler
Date: 7/4/2022 1:46:00 PM
Thanks for the compliment, Jeff. Google this: The Science Behind Historic Uses of Urine. / Maurice
Date: 7/4/2022 9:07:00 AM
Oh my! What can I say? I'm wondering now whether or not the Romans, in general, had good strong teeth. Their breath? Are there any classical references to halitosis?
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Maurice Rigoler
Date: 7/4/2022 9:23:00 AM
Yes, notably in the epigrams of Martial. Many Romans had better teeth than later medieval and post medieval peoples because of the introduction of sugar to their diets. To control halitosis many ancient cultures used such things as fruit rinds. honey, and such spices like cinnamon and cloves. A Google search on these topics will give you an education. Thanks for stopping by. / Maurice