Have you ever wondered how our beloved toothbrush came to be? Our dentist and team are happy to go over the history of the toothbrush with you.
The Ancient Toothbrush
People have been making tools to clean their teeth since ancient times. The Egyptians and Babylonians used a twig with frayed ends to clean their teeth around 3500 to 3000 BC. The Chinese began using chewing sticks around 1600 BC. These aromatic tree twigs were used to freshen the breath.
The Modernizing of the Toothbrush
The first toothbrush with natural bristles was developed in the 15th century in China. The bristles from a pig’s neck were attached to a handle made from bone or bamboo. When this toothbrush came to Europe, the design was altered to use horse hairs or feathers, which are softer.
William Addis designed the first toothbrush of a more modern design around 1780. The toothbrush’s handle was carved from cattle bone and the bristles were still from a swine.
Later, nylon was invented by Du Pont. After this invention, the modern toothbrush with nylon bristles was developed in 1938. Softer bristles were introduced by the 1950s.
To accommodate the needs and preference of consumers, today’s toothbrushes are available in both electric and manual varieties.
We invite you to contact our office at 310-734-4557 today to learn more about dental hygiene and to set up an appointment with Dr. Joseph Goodman. Our dentist and team in Beverly Hills, California, look forward to serving you.