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How did our beloved toothbrush come to be? Have you ever been curious about that? Our dentist and team are happy to briefly go over the history of the toothbrush with you.

The Ancient Toothbrush
Since ancient times, people have been making tools to clean their teeth. Around 3500 to 3000 BC, the Egyptians and Babylonians used twigs with frayed ends to clean their teeth. The Chinese began using chewing sticks around 1600 BC. The aromatic tree twigs used freshened the breath.

The Modernizing of the Toothbrush
The first toothbrush with natural bristles was developed in the 15th century in China. The bristles from a pig’s neck were attached to a handle made from bone or bamboo. When this toothbrush came to Europe, the design was altered to use horse hairs or feathers, which are softer.

William Addis designed the first toothbrush of a more modern design around 1780. The toothbrush’s handle was carved from cattle bone and the bristles were still from a pig.

Today’s Toothbrush
Later, nylon was invented by Du Pont. Following this, the modern toothbrush with nylon bristles was developed in 1938. Softer bristles for toothbrushes were introduced by the 1950s.

Today, both manual and electric toothbrushes are accessible to accommodate the preferences of consumers.

We encourage you to contact Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry at 703-542-7000 today for more information about dental hygiene and to book your child’s visit with Dr. Jonathon Konz. Our pediatric dentist and team in Ashburn, Virginia, look forward to seeing your family.