The first natural-bristle toothbrushes were invented by the ancient Chinese, and were created with bristles from the necks of pigs. Similarly, toothpaste was being used as long ago as 500 BC in India and China, but the kind of toothpaste we’re familiar with was not developed until the 1800s.
In the late 17th century, French dentists were the very first Europeans to promote using toothbrushes, and Mr. William Addis of England designed the first mass-produced toothbrush.
After 1885, many American companies began to follow suit in mass-producing toothbrushes, and the rest – as they say – is history.
Although it sounds hard to believe now, most Americans didn’t brush their teeth until after World War II, when soldiers in the Army brought home their well-established dental hygiene habits.
The first electric toothbrush was developed in Switzerland and produced in 1939, and by 1960, a company called Squibb had begun marketing the very first electric toothbrush in the United States: the Broxodent.
Dental floss is also an ancient invention. Toothpick grooves and dental floss have been found in the teeth of prehistoric humans. A New Orleans dentist named Levi Spear Parmly, who lived in the early 19th century, is credited as the inventor of modern dental floss – though perhaps the term “re-inventor” is more accurate.
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