Oral hygiene has always been an 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, "early forms of the toothbrush have existed for nearly 5,000 years." But what exactly did the first toothbrush look like?
With help from The Library of Congress, take a look at the following toothbrush timeline:
- 3000 BC - The "chewstick" was used by ancient civilizations as the earliest toothbrush.
- 1498 - The bristle toothbrush was invented in China.
- 1938 - The first nylon bristled toothbrush was introduced.
- 1960 - The Squibb Company introduced Broxodent, one of the first electric toothbrushes.
Today, there are many brands of toothbrushes that often advertise different benefits. The variey 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.
The American Dental Association recommmends that you choose a toothbrush that fits comfortably and allows you to effectively reach all areas of your mouth. Whether you decide to use a manual or a powered toothbrush, make sure that you thoroughly clean all surfaces of your teeth twice daily.
Society has come a long way since the days of the chew stick, but one thing that remains the same is the importance of consistent and effective personal oral hygiene. If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!