A lot of people see toothbrushing as a chore (especially when trying to brush a dog's teeth), but the truth is that it's a whole lot more enjoyable than it used to be. Back in the day, ancient Egyptians used powders made from things like crushed eggshells, and the Romans even opted for toothpaste and mouthwash made with urine. Fortunately, modern toothpaste products started coming together in a more palatable form in the 1800s, and since then collective society has generally enjoyed fewer cavities and better dental hygiene as a result.
Although toothpaste was developed for the express purpose of improving oral hygiene, like many products it has since been shown to have some serious side potential as well. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use regular old toothpaste (in white paste form — not gel or some other froufrou option, like charcoal) that have absolutely nothing to do with those pearly whites.