A Brief History of the Toothbrush

02 April 2013

- In ancient civilisations people would chew the tip of a twig to create "bristles". It is thought these twigs were very effective in getting the teeth clean.
- The first toothbrush with bristles was manufactured in China in 1498. Bristles from hogs, horses and badgers were used!!
- The first nylon bristled toothbrush with a plastic handle was invented in 1938.
- The electric toothbrush was invented in 1939.

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