The History of the Toothbrush

Just how much do you really know about the little brush you use to clean your teeth? Its history might shock you! All the way from its modest ancient beginnings to the sleek symbol of modern dental medicine, let’s take a journey back in time:

Early Toothbrush

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.

Modern Toothbrushes
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.

Incredibly, the first electric toothbrush was created back in 1939 and sold by Broxodent in America during 1960. However, they didn’t become widely spread until much more recently. Now, we can choose from a range of styles of electric toothbrushes using additional features such as a sonic vibrations and water jet action.

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. Please visit us twice a year to keep your pearly whites shining! Now, let’s get brushing!