The importance of maintaining oral hygiene has been known to people since ancient times. Then, twigs or leaves were used to clean the teeth from food residues. Today it is already known reliably that the health of the whole body depends on the health of the teeth. Are you poisoning up to 10% of those who brush their teeth correctly?

For the birthday of the toothbrush, we bring to your attention interesting facts about teeth and toothbrushes.


Tooth enamel – the hardest tissue in the human body. However, it is quite easy to damage it: it is enough to use a too hard toothbrush or regularly eat sweets.

A tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot recover (at least partially) independently. This is why careful oral care is so important.

The dental rows of different people are unique. Just as there are no identical fingerprints, there are no identical sets of teeth.

Napoleon's toothbrush, 1795
Napoleon’s toothbrush, 1795. Photo from Flickr

The history of the toothbrush

  • The first toothpaste was made from wine and pumice stone. It was invented by the Egyptians about 5000 years ago. Then, instead of a brush, leaves and sticks were used.
  • The first toothbrush with bristles appeared in China. It is believed to have happened during the reign of the Tang Dynasty (AD 619-907). Pig bristles, horse and badger hair are the materials from which the first brushes were made.
  • Brushes appeared in Europe only in the 17th century, when Chinese travelers brought them to the West.
  • The Englishman William Eddis was the first to introduce the industrial production of toothbrushes in 1780. It is believed that he designed his own toothbrush while in prison for rioting. The handle became an animal bone, in which he drilled holes. In them, Eddis inserted a pig’s bristle, which he had begged from the guards, and fixed it with glue. After his release, he used his idea to mass-produce brushes and created the company Addis, which is still active today.
  • The first brush with nylon bristles saw the light only in 1938.
  • The electric toothbrush was developed in Switzerland. According to some sources, it happened in 1939, according to others – after the Second World War. Initially, such a brush was intended for people with braces and problems with fine motor skills, but already in 1961, mass production was established.

Today 12% people all over the world use electric toothbrushes.

According to the results of a sociological survey conducted in 2003, scientists found out that the most important invention in the history of mankindwithout which it is impossible to live, the residents of the United States recognized the toothbrush.

9 out of 10 people neglect the rule of brushing their teeth twice a day. In addition, few people spend the recommended 2 minutes on brushing their teeth. On average, this indicator is from 30 to 60 seconds.

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