The importance of oral hygiene is something even the oldest civilizations understood. Obviously there weren’t unlimited toothpaste flavors or fancy electric toothbrushes readily available. There were, however, a broad array of creative solutions used throughout history.
History of toothbrushes The most rudimentary of teeth cleaning implements included chewing on bark or sticks with frayed ends. The first version of these was discovered in Babylonia in 3500 BC. Feathers, bones, or even porcupine quills were also used as toothpicks throughout the Greek and Roman empires.
The first approximation of a modern toothbrush, invented in China in the late 1400’s, used stiff hog hairs as bristles attached to the end of a bamboo stick.
In 1780, a man serving a stint in a British prison named William Adis constructed a toothbrush which was the model for the first mass production. He drilled holes in a small bone left from his meal, added tufted boar hairs, and sealed it with glue. When he was released from prison, he began manufacturing these toothbrushes as a business. His company is still in business today under the name of Wisdom Toothbrushes.
Nylon-bristle toothbrushes, which we use to this day, were introduced in 1938 by Dupont. The first electric toothbrush was invented in Switzerland in 1954. And now its continues to achieve new peak..