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The Origin Of The Toothbrush

The Origin of the Toothbrush

There are many types of toothbrushes on the market today, and you can also enjoy ones with different designs and colours too. You can choose from the most popular to the most advanced toothbrush from online shops or local department stores. With the evolution of toothbrushes, taking care of your oral health is much easier now than ever before.

In the past, cleaning your teeth and gums are not easy. You will find yourself using what nature can provide you. Let us take you back to how the toothbrush that we know today came to be.

In 3500 BC, Babylonians used chewing sticks to clean their teeth. They used aromatic twigs and chewed the end part to make it soft like a brush while keeping the other end pointed to remove the food residues in between their teeth. The first toothbrush with bristles was invented in China. It was made of animal bone, hog hair, and bamboo. During this time, the bristles were very hard.

In 1780, William Addis of England made the first mass-produced toothbrush. He made the toothbrush while in prison. It was made of cattle bone with holes, and swine fibres, which he glued on the holes of the cattle bone. It was in 1857 that H.N. Wadsworth patented toothbrush and later on American companies started to mass-produce toothbrush.

The nylon toothbrush that we know today was first invented in 1938. People preferred nylon toothbrush than animal hair bristle because it was softer and safer to use. After a year, in 1939, the first electric toothbrush was made in Switzerland. Then, in 1960s cordless rechargeable toothbrush was invented followed by the first electric rotary action toothbrush in 1987.

Toothbrushes have come a long way and technology has made it possible for today’s society to have a hassle-free brushing experience to keep their teeth and gums clean. To learn about the correct way of brushing your teeth or for a professional dental cleaning, contact our dental team at ToothMatters in Richmond Hill.

– Dr. Gao

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