When Was The Toothbrush Discovered?

The first dental care tool is 5,500 years old. The first to take care of their teeth were the Babylonians and the Egyptians, who used a simple tree branch after removing its leaves and then chewed one end until it “frayed”, while brushing their teeth.

For best results they used a “paste” made with water, ox hoof powder, myrrh, egg shell and pumice.

Around 1600 BC. the Chinese used a stick from an aromatic tree (mint for example), which they chewed. This cleaned the teeth, while freshening the breath. They also created a pointed tip which they used to clean between the teeth more easily.

Thus, they achieved both a fresh breath and better plaque removal. The primitive branches were “upgraded” over time and became wooden rods, at the end of which they placed thin bamboo stems, “toothbrushes” which were used mainly by the upper social classes, leaving all kinds of branches to others.

In 1223 AD Chinese monks created the first real brush with horse tail hair and over time, hair from other animals was used.

The handle was originally made of wood, while decades later bronze and silver were used. In fact, there were many times when craftsmen carved the toothbrush, creating truly elegant crafts.

This discovery spread rapidly in Europe. So we have 1560 reports from France about coarse-toothed toothbrushes with a curved head.

Europeans, however, chose the softer horsehair or feathers instead of pig hair. During the 18th century the finish was perfected. The wealthy were now accustomed to having toothbrushes with gold or ivory handles.

Englishman William Addis was the first to start mass-producing toothbrushes around 1780. Their handle was bony and the brush was made of pig or horsehair, which protruded through tiny holes.

The first plastic toothbrushes first appeared on the market in 1938 when nylon was discovered by Du Pont.

The first plastic toothbrushes first appeared on the market in 1938 when nylon was discovered by Du Pont.

Later, another innovation appeared when in 1939 the first electric toothbrush got the green light to go into production. In 1960, Broxodent was the first company to start mass production of electric toothbrushes in the USA.