Who invented toothpaste?

Who was the inventor of tube toothpaste?

Only for over 100 years: toothpaste in a tube

In the morning and in the evening, maybe even at noon, we press the tube. At least when we brush our teeth with toothpaste. We hardly think about the fact that tube toothpaste, or tube toothpaste, was only invented over 100 years ago.

Heinsius von Mayenburg was not the inventor of tube toothpaste

The Dresden pharmacist Ottomar Heinsius von Mayenburg (1865 to 1932), owner of the “Löwen-Apotheke” on the corner of Altmarkt and Wilsdruffer Strasse, is often cited as the inventor of tube toothpaste. Because from 1907 he produced the toothpaste Chlorodont, which was filled in resealable metal tubes. First he produced the toothpaste consisting of pumice stone powder, calcium carbonate, potassium chlorate, mint, soap and glycerine in two adjoining rooms of the pharmacy, the “Laboratorium Leo”. Ten years later, the Leo factory was built in Dresden's Neustadt district. Through clever marketing and the slogan "You should only use Chlorodont to brush your teeth" that can be read in newspapers, on advertising pillars and on billboards, Leo-Werke quickly developed into the largest European toothpaste manufacturer at the time, with 1,000 employees and 27 branches in Germany, Europe and overseas (see www.dental-kosmetik.de). Up to 150,000 tubes of the Chlorodont brand were produced every day. The brand name is derived from the Greek words “chloros” (light green) and “odon” (tooth).

Dentist Sheffield was faster

Nevertheless, the fame of having made the first toothpaste in tubes belongs to someone else. Because as early as 1879, the American dentist Washington Wentworth Sheffield (1827 to 1897) (see www.alchetron.com) had the idea of ​​a toothpaste in tubes. Although he actually got the idea from his son Lucius. Because he observed painters during a study visit to Paris and saw the tubes of paint used by the painters. This tube was invented in 1841 by the American painter John Goffe Rand, who was always annoyed about dried paint when painting, and applied for a patent. It was a tin tube with a screw cap. “Such a tube should also be suitable for the hygienic storage of toothpaste” thought Lucius and told his father about it.

From 1881 this idea was developed under the brand name “Dr. Sheffield’s Crème Angelique Dentifrice ”Realized and brought to market (see www.sheffieldpharma.com, www.wikipedia.org). With that, Dr. Sheffield’s Toothpaste, the world's first toothpaste in tubes. However, the Sheffield Dentifrice Co. initially bought its squeeze tubes from external manufacturers. It was not until 1892 that the first tube of toothpaste produced in-house was brought onto the market, making the toothpaste tube accessible to a broader public.

The Viennese Carl Sarg also discovered the benefits of the tube at an early stage

In Europe, as early as 1887, twenty years before von Mayenburg, the Viennese chemical entrepreneur Carl Sarg (1832 to 1895) filled tubes with toothpaste. For this he made a paste with the help of glycerine and cleaning substances and filled it under the name “Kalodont” in tin tubes (see www.wikipedia.org).

The tin in the tube has now been replaced by plastic. But the principle of toothpaste storage invented at the time has proven itself to this day.

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