Barbers were the dentists of medieval times

We all brush our teeth. From a young age we have learned to take care of our denture, because we only get one for a lifetime. Only 50 years ago, people assumed to loose their teeth at some point, the dental care provided today was non existent. Today 50 percent of all children reach the age of 10 without having any cavities, and a third of 18-year-olds are cavity-free. Now back in the days, things were different. If you had pain, you would go to…the barbershop! Can you imagine living in the middle ages and have your tooth removed with forceps by a barber? During medieval times, barbers performed surgery on customers, as well as tooth extractions. As if cutting hair and shaving a beard was equal to curing a person or removing bones from their mouth! You know the barber pole you often see at barber shops? The original pole had a brass wash basin at the top (representing the part in which leeches were kept) and bottom (representing the basin that received the blood). The pole itself represents the staff that the patient gripped during the procedure to encourage blood flow. You won’t look at them the same way after knowing this! Later in our time, in 1873, Colgate was the first to introduce toothpaste to the world. And the first tooth brush was produced by H.N. Wadsworth in 1885. What a huge difference between then and today, we’re should consider ourselves lucky to live in modern times.

Teeth are made out of bones and enamel

I hope you’re not freaked by this, but i kept all my teeth since i was a kid and added my adult wisdom tooth to this collection in 2015. Still bloody in the picture, sorry. There’s something about teeth that reminds me a bit of death or maybe an old creepy curiosity shop. I think it’s because mainly, teeth are bones. It’s actually even stronger. The millimeter that makes up the outermost layer of a tooth (enamel) is the hardest substance in the body!

DIY toothpaste

Eco-friendly , natural, cruelty-free, vegan DIY toothpaste

White kaolin clay has a low abrasivity score and is effective as both a polish and stain remover. It is also high in calcium, silica, zinc, and magnesium, and safe for people with tooth sensitivity. Baking soda has a low abrasivity score as well, but some people might experience irritated gums using it. So this is optional. This DIY toothpaste is easy to make, it gently cleanses, neutralizes acids and creates a healthy environment inside your mouth that supports the growth of good bacteria and inhibits the bad.  


  • Kaolin clay, 14 teaspoons (24 gr)
  • Water, 6 teaspoons (30ml)
  • Peppermint essential oil, 20 drops
  • Tea tree essential oils, 10 drops
  • Coconut oil, 2 teaspoon (10 ml)
  • Xylitol, 2 teaspoon (9 gr)
  • Baking soda, 2 teaspoon (optional)
  • Charcoal powder, 1 teaspoon (5 gr)(optional)


  • Melt the coconut oil
  • Once melted, add all the ingredients except the water.
  • Once everything is well combined, slowly add the water until it forms a paste

It is important to buy the ingredients in bulk, which saves a lot of packaging. Of course, you can do so many wonderful things with these ingredients, you might want to use it for your DIY deodorant or cleaning your house. You’re also saving on toothpaste tubes. About 1 billion toothpaste tubes are sent to landfills every year. The only thing you’ll need is a glass jar!

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