Have you ever wondered how our beloved toothbrush came to be? Have you ever wondered how long people have been cleaning their teeth. Our dentists and team are happy to briefly go over the history of the toothbrush with you.
The Ancient Toothbrush
People have been making tools to clean their teeth since ancient times. Around 3500 to 3000 BC, the Egyptians and Babylonians used a twig with a frayed end to clean their teeth. The Chinese began using chewing sticks around 1600 BC. These aromatic tree twigs freshened their breath.
The Modernizing of the Toothbrush
The first toothbrush with natural bristles was developed in the 15th century in China. The coarse 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 still came from a swine.
Later, nylon was invented by Du Pont. After this invention, the modern toothbrush with nylon bristles was developed in 1938. Toothbrushes with softer bristles were introduced by the 1950s.
Today, both manual and electric toothbrushes are available in many shapes and sizes to accommodate the preferences of consumers.
To learn more about dental hygiene and to schedule a visit with Drs. Gubler and Gubler, please contact Gubler Dental at (702) 558-9977 today. Our dentists and team in Henderson, Nevada, look forward to helping you improve and maintain your dental health.