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.
Tools for brushing the teeth were around as early as 3500 to 3000 BC. The Egyptians and Babylonians made brushes by fraying the end of a twig. In Egypt, ancient tombs have been found that contain toothsticks alongside their owners. The Chinese developed chewing sticks from aromatic tree twigs around 1600 BC.
The bristle toothbrush, which is similar to what we use today, was invented in China in 1498. These toothbrushes used coarse hairs from the back of a hog’s neck attached to a handle made of bone or bamboo. In England in 1780, William Addis made the first mass-produced toothbrush. Boar bristles were used until nylon bristles were invented in 1938. The first toothbrush made with nylon bristles was called Doctor West’s Miracle Toothbrush. The use of the toothbrush was not common in America 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.
We encourage you to contact our dental office today to learn more about dental hygiene and to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Mason, Ohio. Dr. Jennifer E. Taylor and our team at Taylor Family Dentistry are excited to serve you and your smile!