History of Toothbrush

History of Toothbrush {Infographic}

Did you know that oral hygiene can be dated back as early as 3500 B.C.? Babylonians and Egyptians cleaned their tooth using a chewing stick as big as a pencil.

But it wasn’t until the 1400s when the Chinese invented the first toothbrush made of bone, bamboo and hog hair (!). The Europeans “improved” the invention by replacing the hard bristles with softer ones—using either horsehairs or feathers.

The toothbrush has undergone so many changes since then—proof is the toothbrush aisle in stores, often called as the “aisle of confusion” because of the many choices of toothbrushes.

Let’s take a look at the history of toothbrushes in this infographics by the blog of the American Dental Association.