Who invented the toothbrush?
The modern day nylon bristled toothbrush was invented by Dupont de Nemours in 1938.
The first mass produced toothbrush inventor was William Addis in England, in about 1780. The business that grew from his invention still exists today as Wisdom Toothbrushes.
What did people use before the toothbrush was invented?
The earliest known method for cleaning your teeth was with natural materials – everything from sticks, to bones, feathers and porcupine quills have been recorded as being used to clean teeth.
In Babylonia in 3500BC “chew sticks” were recovered from excavated sites. A chew stick was basically a thin aromatic twig with a frayed end that was rubbed against the teeth to freshen breath and a pointed end used as a toothpick.
During the Tang Dynasty, in China, the bristle brush for cleaning teeth was invented. This was a small brush made with hog neck hairs or boar bristles, attached to a bone handle. Over time these small toothbrushes became more decorative and refined, but remained a hand-crafted item.Leave a reply →