In the year 1875, Hautman and Goldstein invented the very first commercial toothbrush. Since then, the toothbrush has made major advancements and continues to.
In fact, toothbrushes come in several distinct forms and sizes. These also come with different bristle types and textures.
Nearly all dentists recommend the use of soft-bristled toothbrushes since toothbrushes with firmer bristles can greatly irritate the gums and damage the enamel of the teeth.
Toothbrushes are usually are made with synthetic fibers, even though there are natural toothbrushes which are also popular in many regions.
The Ancient Toothbrush
In the past, humans would use the following items to brush their teeth:
- Bird feathers
- Porcupine Quills
- Chew sticks
- Animal Bones
- Tree twigs
It was in the late 1400s when the first contemporary concept of a toothbrush was presumably invented by the Chinese. The toothbrush, which would feature a bamboo stick for a handle, would have bristles made of stiff hairs from the neck of a hog.
Additionally, Muslims generally would use siwak or miswak, which would come from a root or twig with antiseptic properties. On the other hand, Ancient Indians would use the neem tree and its other products to construct toothbrushes.
The Modern Toothbrush
In 1780, William Addis who originated from England was recognized for the creation of the very first mass-produced toothbrush. Addis became instantly rich because of this. In 1808, William died, and his eldest son took charge of the business.
In the US in 1857, the first patent for a toothbrush was by H.N. Wadsworth. However, take note that the mass production in America only began in 1885.
DuPont in 1938, replaced natural-bristled toothbrushes with synthetic fibers (nylon). Furthermore, it was on February 24, 1938 when the first nylon toothbrush went on sale.
The first electric toothbrush was invented in Scotland in 1939. However, this toothbrush did not appear on the open market until the 1960s. In the following year, a rechargeable, cordless toothbrush capable of moving up and down was came about thanks to General Electric.
The Milestones of Toothpaste:
- The first known reference to toothpaste was documented from Egypt in 4th century AD. This specified the mixture of iris flowers, pepper, powdered salt, and mint leaves.
- Dr. Washington Sheffield formulated toothpaste into a collapsible tube in 1892, the Dr. Sheffield’s Creme Dentifrice.
- The Colgate Dental Cream was boxed in collapsible tubes in 1896.
- In 1914, toothpaste began to contain fluoride, a valuable mineral for the teeth.
- The American Dental Association (ADA) endorsed the effectiveness of fluoride in Crest toothpaste in 1960.
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The use of toothpaste can remarkably promote good oral hygiene. The benefits one can get from using good toothpaste comprise of the following:
- It can significantly help in the reduction or prevention of foul-smelling breath.
- Toothpaste can carry active ingredients like fluoride to impede gum disease and other oral problems.
- It can greatly help in the elimination of food and dental plaque from the teeth.