Evolution Of Toothbrushes – What’s The Best For You?

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How did the toothbrush come about?

Before we even start talking about what kind of toothbrush is best for you, lets look at how toothbrushes even came about. Toothbrushes have been around for thousands of years; Babylonians and Egyptians made a toothbrush by fraying the end of a twig (doesn’t sound very glamorous!). A while later the Chinese developed some sort of “chewing stick” which were made from aromatic tree twigs used to freshen peoples breath (sounds a lot like chewing gum!).

Interesting, but what about the first tooth brush with bristles, not leaves?

It is believed that the Chinese invented the first natural bristle toothbrush. The Bristles were made from pigs necks and were attached to a bone or bamboo handle. This design was brought to Europe and refined to use softer horsehairs which many Europeans preferred (do you blame them?). During this time there were many variations of toothbrushes but they all were made with a natural bristle.

Only with the invention of Nylon did natural bristles fade aware and the development of the truly modern toothbrush take its place.

How often should you change your toothbrush?

The life span of the average toothbrush is about two to three months. At Dental O So Gentle, we recommend changing your toothbrush at the beginning of every season (March, June, September and December).

Whats the best toothbrush for you?

You might think that the bigger the stronger the toothbrush is the better the clean. However we suggest that a toothbrush with a soft small head (soft bristles) is actually better. The small head allows of the toothbrush to get into those hard to reach places and the soft head means that the toothbrush with clean, without harming your gums too much.

For more information on how to brush your teeth go to Tooth Brushing – Can you be doing it wrong?