The history of the toothbrush: from ancient times to the present day


Have you ever wondered how the toothbrush came into being? But this is the most commonly used item in everyday life. Dental Dynasty decided to correct this inaccuracy and make an infographic about the history of the toothbrush.

Already in 3500 BC. The toothbrush appeared in Egypt and Babylon. These were small branches of trees that were chewed on one end until it became soft, and the other was used as a toothpick.

In 1600 B.C. The Chinese improved this brush prototype by using twigs from aromatic trees. Thus, the breath became fresh.

In 1400, China began making toothbrushes with bristles made from pig bristle and bone or bamboo.

Europeans began to use horse hair for bristles to make it softer.

The History of the Toothbrush: From Ancient Egypt to Today

The word toothbrush was first mentioned in the autobiography of Anthony Wood. In the 1600s, French dentists begin to encourage patients to use toothbrushes.

The first modern toothbrush was made in an English prison by William Addis in 1780. He used pig bristle and cattle bone.

Dr. Mayer Rhine made a three-row toothbrush in 1844, and Wadsworth received a patent for this invention in 1857.

In 1885, the toothbrush was launched into mass production in America, and in 1938, DuPont began producing brushes with synthetic bristles, which were many times softer and more hygienic.

After World War II, American soldiers introduced the use of toothbrushes to the masses.

In 1954, the Swiss made the first electric toothbrush. In 1961, it becomes wireless with the ability to recharge, and in 1987 it receives a rotating head.

In 2003, the invention of the toothbrush received the Lemelson Prize as the most necessary for mankind.

Such a long way of development of the brush has led to the fact that today we are given a variety of choices, but the main principle has remained unchanged!

Published on 11/03/2015 19:20, updated on 07/07/2022 14:12

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