How Did Most People Clean Their Teeth Before Toothbrushes and When Was the First Toothbrush Invented?
Before the invention of the toothbrush, most people used twigs, leaves, sand, fingers, animal bristles, and whatever else they could find, to clean teeth.
One of the earliest recorded toothbrushes dates back to Egypt in about 3000 B.C.
It was a “chew stick”, a twig with one end frayed into bristles. The other end worked as a handle.
Ancient Romans and 15th century Europeans used a carved toothpick and sometimes a quill. Finally DuPont Chemical Company invented nylon in 1938.
Not long after, Doctor West’s Miracle Tuft Toothbrush became the first nylon bristled brush.
The first edition sold well, but often caused gum injury because the bristles were too hard.
Toothbrushing finally became commonplace in the United States during World War II, when each military recruit was issued a brush.