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Drs. John Pinnix and George Betancourt would like to extend our sincerest best wishes to you and your families. We hope that you continue to navigate these most difficult times with strength, perseverance and the promise that we will all soon return to 'business as usual'.

Please note, the purpose of this email is not to go into detail about our office protocols during the current COVID- 19 response. We always have and will continue to maintain the highest level of aseptic and sterilization techniques. Regarding our office hours, we are presently closed as a result of recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the American Dental Association. For patients with upcoming appointments, trust that we will communicate directly with you via phone call to reschedule them as we learn more about our current situation.

For the time being, we want to extend to you, our patients, the helping hand you need during these times for all things dental. While we may be limited in terms of office hours and available services, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt remain available to you via other modalities. For example, we ask that you please find and follow our social media pages, pinnixandbetancourt on Instagram, Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney on Facebook, and @BlakeneySmiles on Twitter. We will use these social media outlets as a means of communication and also a way to provide a Question & Answer forum for general questions anyone may have.

For personal/private needs related to ongoing treatment or your dental health, we will be available to schedule a virtual consultation. This may be accomplished via FaceTime, Zoom meeting or other platform whereby we may have a face to face encounter. These will be available to you, our patient, as a courtesy.

These are unprecedented times for us all. We strive to be on the front edge of the capabilities and service we provide our patients. Much of that depends on our availability and communication. We are here and we will, across any medium possible, provide the guidance you need during these difficult times. We ask that you please reach out to us either via email to the office (, one of our social media platforms, or our phone line from which you can leave a message. We will make every effort possible to get back to you in a timely manner.

From Drs. Pinnix, Betancourt and our entire staff at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we hope you and your families manage the COVID-19 pandemic with an abundance of care, caution and respect for the well being of our community.


Drs. John M. Pinnix, George A. Betancourt and the staff of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

The History of Toothpaste

By Dr. Pinnix on December 03, 2016

A woman holding a toothbrush with toothpaste on itDental damage and oral health issues can impact quality of life, which is why it is so important to prevent oral health problems with good hygiene. Fortunately, there are a variety of restorative dentistry treatments available to treat oral health problems. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day is one of the best ways to prevent dental damage, but what did people do before the invention of modern toothpaste? Learn more about the history of toothpaste in this overview from Charlotte, NC dentists John M. Pinnix and George A. Betancourt.

Ancient Tooth Powder

The earliest form of toothpaste was actually a powder used by the ancient Egyptians as far back as 5000 BC. This powder consisted of crushed eggshells, pumice, ash, and myrrh. The Egyptians most likely used their fingers to scrub their teeth with this powder, helping to clean the teeth and freshen the breath. The Egyptians weren't the only civilization to use tooth powders. In ancient China, herbal mints were mixed with salt and ginseng to clean the teeth. The Ancient Greeks and Romans also used a tooth powder to clean their teeth. However, their powders were significantly more abrasive than those used by the Egyptians and Chinese and were made of crushed bones and oyster shells.

Early Toothpastes

For most of its history, toothpaste came in a powder form. As late as the 1850s, toothpastes remained in powder form, commonly containing chalk and soap. It would take another 20 years for toothpaste to begin to resemble its modern counterpart when, in 1873, Colgate began mass-producing toothpaste, not powder, in jars. The first tube of toothpaste was sold more than 20 years later, when Colgate began selling toothpaste in a tube in 1896. Toothpaste didn't change much until 1914, when fluoride was added for the prevention of dental cavities. Soap remained a primary ingredient in toothpaste until it was replaced with sodium lauryl sulphate in 1945.

Today's Toothpastes

Since the 1940s, toothpaste has continually improved; now there are many varieties available to address specific needs, like whitening, dental sensitivity, and tartar control. Today's toothpaste are more effective than ever, helping to reduce tooth decay and prevent gum disease. Not only are modern toothpastes more effective at protecting oral health, they also taste better and provide longer lasting breath freshening results than its earlier predecessors.

Why Use Toothpaste?

Brushing the teeth with fluoride-based toothpaste at least twice a day is essential to oral health. Although brushing without toothpaste can help remove some plaque and food debris from the teeth, it's not as effective and it doesn't provide the benefits of using toothpaste, such as: 

  • Removes more plaque, tartar, bacteria, and food debris from the teeth
  • Enamel care toothpastes can help remineralize the teeth and strengthen the enamel
  • Control and prevent tartar buildup
  • Keep the gums healthy and reduce the risk of gum disease
  • Whitening toothpastes can help brighten the smile
  • Reduce the risk of tooth decay
  • Freshen the breath

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about protecting your smile, or to discuss your treatment options, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pinnix and Betancourt at your earliest convenience.

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