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What is Toothpaste in Tagalog? History, Evolution, and Brands

The toothpaste in Tagalog is called “pasimada” or “kremang pansipilyo.” However, Filipinos simply call toothpaste as it is, or “tutpeyst.” As a great partner of toothbrush, toothpaste does not only clean our teeth, it also helps strengthen them and provides fresher breath. And like in other countries, Filipinos love to take care of their teeth. 

toothpaste in tagalog
Old Colgate, Dr. Sheffield, and Hapee

The origin of “toothpaste” goes back to ancient Egypt, around 5000 BC. At that time, people used dental powder that consists of ash, crushed eggshells, oxen hooves, pumice, myrrh, and water. And because there was also no toothbrush back then, ancient Egyptians mostly likely put the powder mixture on their fingers to scrub their teeth. 

The Ancient Greeks and Romans were said to have also used dental powder. But unlike ancient Egyptians, they used crushed bones and oyster shells, making their powder more abrasive. However, the Romans added powdered charcoal to treat bad breath. On the other hand, ancient Chinese used a mixture of salt, ginseng, and herbal mints. 

In 1824, a certain dentist named Dr. Peabody added soap to dental powder. About two decades later, another dentist named Dr. John Harris added chalk as a cleaning agent to the toothpaste. Colgate was the first to mass-produce toothpaste in 1873. The company was founded by William Colgate and started in 1806 as a soap and candle business. 

But at that time, Colgate toothpaste was in a jar and people needed to put their toothbrush inside. In the mid-1870s, American dentist Dr. Washington W. Sheffield created his own toothpaste by adding various extracts of mints. When the product became a hit, his son, Dr. Lucius T. Sheffield, was inspired by paint artists to put the toothpaste inside a tube. 

In 1881, the younger Dr. Sheffield registered the first toothpaste in collapsible tubes, named “Dr. Sheffield’s Creme Angelique Dentifrice.” In 1896, Colgate started selling toothpaste in tubes. Fluoride was added to toothpaste in 1914 but soap remained as a main ingredient. In 1945, soap in toothpaste was replaced by sodium lauryl sulfate. 

During the mid-1940s, American chemist William Nebergall made research about adding stannous fluoride to toothpaste. He worked with dentist Dr. Joseph Muhler and biochemistry professor Harry Day, and the research was funded by Procter & Gamble Co. In 1956, the company released Crest, the first toothpaste with stannous fluoride. 

In the Philippines, Lamoiyan Corporation is the first local toothpaste company that dared to compete with Colgate and others. Founded by Filipino businessman Cecilio K. Pedro in 1988, Lamoiyan manufactures Hapee toothpaste, a cheaper alternative to famous international brands. The company also produces multi-flavored toothpaste for Filipino children.

Use toothpaste in a sentence.


Pag pupunta ka sa tindahan, paki bili mo ako ng toothpaste na nasa sachet. 


If you’ll go to the store, please buy me toothpaste in a sachet.

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