The Evolution of the Toothbrush

Oral Hygiene Has Been Important Part of Maintaining Overall Health

For thousands of years, humans have found ways to keep their teeth and mouths clean. According to the American Dental Association (ADA). Early forms of the toothbrush have existed for nearly 5,000 years. What did the first toothbrush look like?

Evolution of the Toothbrush

  • 3000 BC- The “chew stick” was used by Ancient civilizations. People would rub a thin twig with a frayed end against their teeth to remove food and plaque.
  • 1498- The bristle toothbrush was invented in China and had many similarities to the toothbrushes used today. These devices were made by attaching the stiff, coarse hairs from the back of a hog’s neck to handles that were typically made from bone or bamboo.
  • 1938-Signaling the end of the boar bristle. Dupont de Nemours introduced nylon bristles, and Americans welcome Doctor West’s Miracle Toothbrush, the first nylon toothbrush.
  • 1960- The Squibb Company introduced Broxodent, one of the first electric toothbrushes to the American market.

Today, there are many brands of toothbrushes that often advertise different benefits. The variety of options may seem overwhelming, but the most important thing is for you to find a toothbrush that you like and find easy to use.


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