Lynn Dental Care and Toothbrush History
Where would become of our teeth without our toothbrushes? They’d probably become a mess of cavities and decay. Brushing our teeth every day seems like a natural routine, but it hasn’t always been this way. Today, Lynn Dental Care is taking a trip through history to find the origins of the toothbrush. So come hop in the Lynn Dental Care time machine as we take a trip through time!
Welcome to Ancient Egypt! When you’re done building those pyramids and getting a sunburn, make sure to use some tooth powder to get rid of the sand in your teeth. It may be hard to believe, but even King Tut used toothpaste. This was a very early kind of toothpaste, instead of fluoride this stuff was made from ash, myrrh, and various other ingredients. No toothbrushes to speak of here, though, you’d have to use your finger!
Our next stop is the city of Babylon, ancient Mesopotamia. It only makes sense that the first cities and empires would be the first ones to use a toothbrush. Maybe toothbrush is a little too advanced of a term, let’s just say tooth “stick.” Ancient Babylonians would chew on scented sticks to freshen breath and to pick out debris. Really it was more of a scented toothpick, but it was a big step forward.
Ancient China, the year 1223. This is the first documented use of a toothbrush. A traveling Japanese Zen Master, named Dogen Kigen, first observed Chinese monks using horse hair brushes to clean their teeth. Later in the Middle Ages, hog hair and horse hair would both be used to make toothbrushes.
Finally, we end up in London England. In the year 1780, William Addis was thrown in jail for starting a riot. During his stay, he used animal bone from his meals and bristles from a broom to fashion a close replica of what we know toothbrushes as today. When Addis was released, he went on to start his own company. This company is known today as Wisdom Toothbrush. You can still see his brand on shelves today! Eventually, in the 1930s, nylon would be invented. This would become the go-to material for toothbrush bristles.
Lynn Dental Care, Modern Day
Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed your trip through time with Lynn Dental Care! Here at Lynn Dental Care, we prefer to use modern technologies, and we highly recommend against chewing sticks and horse hair brushes! We offer a variety of dental services, including Invisalign and orthodontics. Contact Lynn Dental Care today to schedule an appointment!