Toothpaste, Before The Tube
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 kind 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!
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Dr. Angela Burns moved to Austin 10 years ago and instantly fell in love with our beautiful city. Dr. Burns is originally from the Texarkana area. She attended Texas A&M for her undergraduate degree and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center for her degree in dental surgery (DDS). Dr. Burns is committed to providing her patients with gentle, technologically advanced dental treatment. She attends an average of 60 hours of continuing education every year. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Texas Dental Association, and the Capital Area Dental Society. Dr. Burns and her husband, Gary, have an 11-year-old daughter, Sydney, who is a proud 6th grader at Hill Country Middle School. She is also very involved in the Eanes PTO, her church, and loves raising her family in the Westlake community. “Growing up, I was drawn to mediating and helping others feel more included and less anxious. I was a camp counselor, student government officer and being the oldest of five, I was the family mediator. I found that I had a calling to help alleviate stressful situations for others and realized that being a good listener was something that was key to this. These skills really helped guide me into becoming a dentist that has based my practice on relationships, empathy and a sense of comfort. I knew that I wanted to provide an atmosphere that felt like home when others walked in. Our practice is small, personal and state of the art and we hope you feel like you’re hanging out with friends when you are here!” When she is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Burns enjoys traveling, hiking the greenbelt, enjoying Austin’s music scene, and eating Amy’s Ice Cream.