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Crest® Cavity Creeps: How IU Built Toothopolis

An online exhibition of Crest® toothpaste history and marketing

Dental Student, 1946

In 1945 Joseph C. Muhler was a first year dental student in Dr. Harry G. Day's biological chemistry class. Dr. Day selected a few students, including Joseph Muhler, to conduct laboratory tests on fluoride in bone and teeth. This publication represents one of the earliest published studies on fluoride from Indiana University.

Journal of the American Dental Association, 1955

Researchers had long suspected that fluoride could impact tooth enamel and that regular, low-level exposure to fluoride would be beneficial rather than special, topical applications. It made logical sense to incorporate fluoride as a dentifrice additive which was already used daily. In 1955, Muhler et al. reported significant reductions in cavities as well as reversals in caries diagnosis in children using fluoridated toothpaste.