Dental hygiene is an irreplaceable contributor to oral health. Proper dental hygiene includes brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. Teeth care dates back for thousands of years. However, early dental care tools were very different from what we use today. Let’s explore the history of the toothbrush together.
Teeth-cleaning tools have been around since 3500-3000 BC. In Babylon and Egypt, people used twigs with frayed ends to clean their teeth. In Egypt, ancient tombs have been found that contain toothsticks alongside their owners. In China in about 1600 BC, chewing sticks were developed from aromatic tree twigs that freshened the breath.
The bristle toothbrush, which is similar to what we use today, was invented in China in 1498. The handle was made from bone or bamboo and the course hairs from a hog’s neck were attached to make the brush. As this idea was brought to Europe, the toothbrush design altered somewhat. The Europeans preferred using horsehairs instead of pig bristles, as they are softer. Other variations on the toothbrush in Europe used feathers. Around 1780, the first mass-produced toothbrush was invented by William Addis in England. The handle was carved from cattle bone and the brush still used swine bristles.
The first toothbrush made with nylon bristles was called Doctor West’s Miracle Toothbrush. Toothbrushes were not commonly used in the United States until soldiers came home from WWII and brought the habit with them. Tooth brushing was part of the daily dental hygiene regimen required of the army. Today, toothbrushes come in many varieties. Both manual and electronic toothbrushes are available. Generally, the handles are made from molded plastic in varying designs. The nylon bristles come in differing levels of softness.
We welcome you to contact Northridge Dental Group today to learn more about dental hygiene and to schedule a visit with our dentists in Northridge, California. Dr. Arami, Dr. Ariz, Dr. Rezvani, Dr. Doudian, Dr. Sobol, and our team are dedicated to helping you reach ideal oral health. excited to get to know you and your family.