For as long as humans have roamed the earth, we’ve faced the same trials and worked to find creative solutions. Dental health is no exception! Throughout history, people have cared for their teeth, worried about bad breath, and used their resources to solve problems. Dentistry as we know it today exists because of the innovators of yesterday.
At McDonough Family Dentistry, we’re proud to use these advancements to help the McDonough, Blacksville, Stockbridge and Locust Grove communities find the best dental products. Our team is dedicated to helping promote healthy mouths for the whole family, and we’re happy to talk more about dental education and what it means for everyday items like toothbrushes.
From Chew Sticks to Chargers
These days, even the most basic toothbrush available in stores is luxurious compared to what our ancestors might have used. It was a long road to creating today’s toothbrush, but here’s an overview of the journey:
The First “Toothbrush”
There is evidence as early as 3000 B.C. that ancient civilizations would use twigs to clear debris from their teeth. People would chew sticks to create frayed ends for better cleaning, and even sometimes add plants and flowers as a sort of breath freshener.
In the 1400s, toothbrushes began to evolve. China is the first country to notably “invent” the toothbrush, attaching hog hairs to bone or bamboo handles. This allows users to implement the swift, back and forth motion we’re accustomed to brushing with today.
The First Nylon Toothbrush
Jumping to 1938, nylon bristles were introduced by Dupont de Nemours. This is the first known switch from using animal products as bristles or handles. In America, Doctor West’s “Miracle Tuft” Toothbrush debuts as the first nylon toothbrush. This is the start of the look and feel of the toothbrushes we recognize today.
Electric toothbrushes hit the scene in 1960 when The Squibb Company introduced Broxodent, the first electric toothbrush marketed in America. It’s now one of the most popular options for cleaning teeth.
Choosing the Right Toothbrush With McDonough Family Dentistry
There are many different styles, brands and even colors of toothbrushes available today. Like most products, you may feel loyal to a particular type of toothbrush. Whether you opt for electric or manual, be sure your toothbrush has soft bristles and is ADA approved. For children, you can even choose a brightly colored toothbrush, or one with their favorite movie character to make dental care more fun. Some toothbrushes even play music to help your child brush for the right amount of time. Keep in mind that your toothbrush should feel comfortable in your hand and mouth, and shouldn’t make your gums bleed.
If you aren’t sure which toothbrush is right for you, the dental team at McDonough Family Dentistry can help! The right products can enhance your dental health immensely. Contact us today to learn more about toothbrush options or to schedule your next appointment—you may even leave our office with a recommended toothbrush on your next visit! Call (678) 432-0209 or fill out our online contact form to get started.