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Toothbrushes come in all shapes and sizes. They can reach every part of your mouth, and can even be made to look like your child’s favorite cartoon character or superhero. But did you know that the unassuming toothbrush hanging next to your sink has a long and at time strange history?

People have been cleaning their teeth since the dawn of civilization. People used twigs and small branches for ages, and the records show that the practice was popular with the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians. The Chinese even used chewing sticks made from trees with a nice smell as far back as 1600 BC, which may have been the forerunner of flavored toothpaste and dental floss! As time wore on, people began brushing their teeth with pig bristles, horse hair and even feathers.

The toothbrush as we know has its origins in prison and was by a British man, by the name of William Addis in 1780. He used a bit of bone and some bristles he got from guard, which he glued in place. When he was released, he started a toothbrush company which is still in business. When nylon was invented in 1937, the nylon bristles you use today were not far behind.

Toothbrushes have come a long way since the ancients chewed on sticks to clean their teeth. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the need to brush your teeth! You should brush your teeth for two minutes at a time twice a day. If you have questions about brushing, or if it is just time for your regular appointment with our dentist, Dr. Charles Anderson, we would be happy to see you! If you live in the Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, area, you can call Anderson Dentistry at 843-884-2021 to plan your visit.