Toothpaste: What do you use it for? – Emeka Nwolisa

Toothpaste: What do you use it for? – Emeka Nwolisa



What do you use toothpaste for? Sounds strange or maybe mischievous. I believe everybody knows what toothpaste are including those who use the local chewing stick.


Ooops! my apologies.


The chewing stick is no longer local. It has crossed the Atlantic and arrived the United States of America. I hear you can now buy Nigerian chewing stick in some major stores there.


Toothpaste: What do you use it for? - Emeka Nwolisa


Toothpaste has been used for centuries for the cleaning of the teeth and most people do it twice daily. Indeed, they come in different brands, packaging and colours. As a matter of fact, ancient Egyptians are believed to have started using a paste to clean their teeth around 5000BC even before toothbrushes were invented.


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However, thee ingredients of ancient toothpastes were very different and varied. They included burnt egg shells, crushed bones and oyster shells, amongst others.

The ancient Romans are believed to have first added flavoring to help with bad breath. Also, the Chinese added ginseng, herbal mints and salt. The typical toothpaste today would contain fluoride, coloring, flavoring and sweetener.

The American brand Colgate first introduced its toothpaste in a tube similar to modern-day toothpaste tubes in the 1890s. But a lot has happened since then.


Toothpaste: What do you use it for? - Emeka Nwolisa



Well…this whole history was like entry behavior….Now that I have your attention, let’s proceed to the business of the day.

People of the world including Nigerians have widened the scope of influence of the toothpaste. The new uses now are as diverse as they are mind-boggling.

For starters, some mothers now use it for umbilical care. They apply toothpaste to the umbilical stump, believing that it helps it fall faster. This is absolutely wrong and can cause complications.



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Now here’s the mind-boggling one. Both females and males now use toothpaste on their genitals though the reasons and the perceived benefits are different.

Indeed, some use it in an attempt to tighten their vagina. The believe is that a tight vagina heightens the sexual experience and guarantees intense pleasure. I wouldn’t know if the expectations are achieved. But that which I know is that this practice has the potential to create complications.

Some of the components of toothpastes are caustic and are not ideal for application to the vagina.


Toothpaste: What do you use it for? - Emeka Nwolisa



They would alter the natural balance in the vagina and increase the risks of infections which, if not well managed, may result in infertility.

Being too wide down below is a subjective assessment. In fact, the variables are too diverse and also include how endowed the male partner really is.


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For females who really feel so, the Kegel exercise would be very helpful.

What of men ? They are there too. Some apply toothpaste on their penis to enhance erection, manage erectile dysfunction and prevent premature ejaculation.

These claims are obviously not validated. However, they are widely believed and shared as ‘man know man’ sex secrets.

Moreover, this practice can also cause harm. Applying toothpaste on your genitals could cause burns as well as blisters and scarring.

Okay…each time you buy a pack of toothpaste, please be sure to use it as advised by the manufacturer.

About The Author

Lilian Osigwe

Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer.

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