The Beginnings of the Toothbrush

The Beginnings of the Toothbrush

Did you know that the toothbrush has been around for nearly 5,000 years? It’s true! And we are going to give you an introduction to the history behind the toothbrush and how it came to be what it is today.

Tools used for brushing teeth have dated back to 3000 BC, when the Egyptians would make brushes from fraying the ends of twigs. The Chinese near 1600 BC, developed sticks made from aromatic trees that the people would chew on to freshen their breath.

And during the 15th century, the Chinese were also believed to have invented the first bristle toothbrush, made from pigs’ hair. The design was soon adapted when the concept was brought into Europe.

In 1780, a more modern design was created by William Addis in England. He carved the handle of the toothbrush from cattle bone, but still used pigs’ hair as the bristles. These natural bristles were used until Du Pont invented nylon and by 1938, the development of the modern toothbrush began.

By the 1950s, many people were using softer, nylon bristled toothbrushes. Today, there are electric and manual toothbrushes available for maintaining healthy, strong teeth. No matter what type of toothbrush you use, it’s important to brush and floss daily. Give our office a call today to schedule your professional cleaning appointment!

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