Interesting facts about Toothbrushes

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The toothbrush is an essential dental instrument that helps in cleaning teeth and preventing cavities, ideally when used along with mouthwash or toothpaste. It also helps to freshen our breath and is a critical part of maintaining dental hygiene. Here are some interesting facts you may not know about toothbrushes.

Toothbrushes have been around for five millennia

There have been various forms of toothbrushes over the past 5,000 years. Ancient civilizations initially used chew sticks for removing pieces of foods from their teeth. The technology of creating toothbrushes have improved over time, starting from bone and wood to the modern-day nylon toothbrush that was invented back in 1938.

Check ADA seal when buying a toothbrush

The American Dental Seal is the seal of approval for certifying the quality of the toothbrush. If you buy an ADA-approved toothbrush, you can rest assured that it was carefully evaluated to ensure that it works reliably and will assist in reducing your susceptibility for gum disease and cavities.

Prison roots

When William Addis served a jail term for inciting riots back in 1770, he invented a toothbrush from animal bones. He created tiny holes in the bone and inserted the brushing bristles, before finally sealing with glue. Upon his release, William modified that toothbrush prototype, then started the Wisdom Toothbrushes company that still exists up to today in the UK.

Choosing between Powered and Manual

There is a long-running debate about which is the better product, powered or manual toothbrushes. The answer is that both toothbrushes can thoroughly and effectively clean the teeth; hence it is a matter of preference.

Flossing and Brushing Order

There’s no right order for flossing and brushing, provided you perform both of these essential oral hygiene maintenance tasks. It is an issue of what you prefer starting with, whether brushing first before flossing or vice versa.

Open Air Storage

Once you rinse out your toothbrush and remove the remaining food debris or toothpaste, store it uprightly in an open container where it can air dry. Also, make sure to leave enough room for other toothbrushes to avoid cross-contamination. Furthermore, don’t cover toothbrushes as the moist environment created by closed spaces are more conducive to bacteria growth.

3-month Lifespan

Ensure you buy a new toothbrush after every three months, or immediately the bristles become frayed. Using a worn-out toothbrush is not recommended as it will not do an adequate job of keeping your teeth clean.


The optimal time to brush your teeth is for two minutes, at least two times per day. Spending those four minutes maintaining oral hygiene is critical for achieving optimal dental health. Also, remember never to share your toothbrush as it could mean spreading bacteria and germs.

References: ADA, Mouth Healthy