Have you ever thought about where your toothbrush originated from? Or how it came to be what it is today? You’re in luck because today we are going to give you some interesting facts behind the history of the toothbrush.
1. Back nearly 5,000 years ago, the early Egyptians would brush their teeth using a stick. They would find a small twig and fray the ends of it, creating bristles. The Chinese during this time also created chewing sticks, made from an aromatic tree, to make their breath seem fresher.
2. The Chinese, during the 15th century, created the first natural toothbrush by attaching pigs’ hair to a bone or piece of bamboo. This design was soon adapted by Europeans, where they would use the softer horse hairs for bristles.
3. The toothbrush was revolutionized by the late 1930s, when Du Pont invented nylon. Bristles were soon being made from nylon and changing the way people saw toothbrushes. Bristles today now range from very soft to soft in texture, though also available in hard bristle versions.
4. From the revolution of nylon used in toothbrushes, one of the first electric toothbrushes to hit the market in America was called Broxodent in 1960. Today, there are now several different options of powered toothbrushes on the market, readily available to people of all ages.
5. During World War II, many Americans became influenced by the oral hygiene practices of soldiers, that they soon adopted the nylon toothbrush in their daily practices.
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