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Since the ancient times, we try to keep our mouth and teeth clean. Until we found out how bacteria work, we used some pretty unsanitary methods for that but in time we learned and today our hygiene standards are pretty high. Read more about history of oral hygiene.
Toothpaste is one of the main ingredients in the process of keeping the teeth healthy. In combination with toothbrush it removes dental plaque and food that remains on the teeth after eating. Read more about history of toothpaste.
Except with dentures, missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants. People made and used dental implants since some 4000 years ago, using bamboo pegs and seashells instead of missing teeth.
Forms of cosmetic dentistry existed since the ancient times and since people found out that they can use other materials to replace missing teeth or that they can make them white again. Today it is an important branch of dentistry.