The earliest toothbrushes we’ve discovered so far can be tracked back to 3000 BC! Egyptians and Babylonians made toothbrushes out of frayed twigs. These “chew sticks” advanced even further when the Chinese made toothbrush bristles out of a pig’s neck hair and handles out of bamboo during the early 1500’s. Soon enough, the Chinese toothbrush moved over to Europe, where horsehair and feathers were used because of their softness.
In 1780, William Addis created the first modern toothbrush in England. The new toothbrush had a sturdier structure because it was made from cattle bone. The mass production of toothbrushes then spread to America, starting around 1885. The invention of nylon bristles, by Du Pont, really set off the modern creation of toothbrushes in the late 1930’s. It was from that point on that the toothbrush progressed with use of softer nylon bristles in 1950.
Fun Fact: Influenced by the soldiers, it wasn’t until after World War II that Americans really started to develop good oral hygiene habits.
Brushing your teeth twice daily is an important part of keeping up with your oral health and preventing any dental issues. Pleasevisit us twice a year to keep your pearly whites shining! Now, let’s get brushing!