You’ve probably heard your Ft. Pierce dentist ceaselessly reminding you to maintain the best dental health by brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time. However, have you ever taken the time to think about the humble tool you use to keep your teeth and gums clean? If you want to know more about your toothbrush, now’s the best time to learn a few fun facts about it.
You’ll be surprised to know that in 4000BC, the Hindus of India brushed their teeth with twigs that were frayed into fibers. Additionally, ancient Egyptians and Babylonians used tooth-sticks with frayed ends to keep their teeth clean. Besides using twigs, the Greek and Roman civilizations also used leaves to clean their teeth.
It wasn’t until the 15th century when the toothbrush’s more modernized version was invented by the Chinese. They attached boar hairs to bamboo or a bone handle.
While an English entrepreneur named William Addis was serving time in prison in the 1770s, he invented the first toothbrush of a modern design using a small animal bone leftover from his meal and pigs’ hair for bristles.
When he was released, Addis manufactured the first mass-produced toothbrush in England and became very rich. The mass production of toothbrushes in the US took place a century after toothbrushes were first mass-produced by Addis in England. Today, Americans spend more than $850 million on toothbrushes each year.
At Smooth Sailing Dental, we strive to provide you with the highest quality dental care possible because you deserve nothing less than the best in every aspect of your experience with us. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.