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Toothpaste, Before The Tube

Toothpaste Tubes

How Product Packaging Improved Oral Health

You might think tubes would make an obvious package for toothpaste, but the first toothpaste in a tube wasn’t sold till 1892.

These kinds of containers had been around for 50 years but were only used for storing oil paints. Most folks associated collapsible tubes with “Burnt Umber” or “Cadmium Yellow.” Hardly the sort of thing you applied to your teeth.

Up until then, toothpaste was packaged in expensive porcelain jars that only the rich could afford—making it virtually impossible for lower classes to clean their teeth with toothpaste.

Putting toothpaste in paint tubes suddenly made toothpaste both convenient and universally affordable. It was an early milestone in dental health, and one of the greatest advances in product packaging ever devised!

About Dr. Jayson A. Chalmers

Jayson Chalmers was raised in Placerville, CA and graduated from El Dorado High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley. He went on to receive his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco. After practicing as an associate dentist in Napa, CA, Dr. Chalmers returned to Sacramento to be closer to friends and family. He began practicing in his current location in January 2005.   Knowing that patients want to have the best options and treatment available to them, Dr. Chalmers has completed many hours of advanced educational training in general, implant, orthodontic, and cosmetic dentistry. He continues to learn and incorporate many of the latest dental technologies in his practice. Through the use of intraoral cameras, digital x-rays and computer imaging he can immediately show and explain all treatment options to the patient.   Dr. Chalmers is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Sacramento District Dental Society, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and is involved in local dental study groups. Dr. Chalmers also is an active participant in Smiles for Kids, where free dental services are provided to local children in need.   Dr. Chalmers and his wife, Desirae, are the parents of Ella and Ava. They are an outgoing family and are very involved in the Arden-Arcade community. As a family, they enjoy tending to their chickens and organic garden, splashing around in the pool and traveling to beachside locations. Dr. Chalmers personal interests include camping and fishing and watching and playing most sports.

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