Historical Trivia on Oral Hygiene
History has taught us a lot. We've evolved from the wheel to the automobile's wagon to pretty soon — the autonomous electric vehicle. And it's no different with the first versions of dental care products.
- Some ancient cultures would clean their teeth by gnawing on a piece of tree bark or wooden sticks. And some current cultures use wooden sticks for oral cleaning. Whatever works.
- Whether it's a primitive form of toothpaste or mouthwash is up to you. Still, Egyptians cleaned their teeth with a powder consisting of pulverized eggshells and oxen hooves mixed with water. The result was a slightly abrasive concoction that helped remove food debris.
- In the 1700s, an Englishman named William Addis thought to fasten boars' bristles to a bone handle. And voila — a brush for your teeth was invented.
- When choosing a toothbrush today, you have a lot of options. But it wasn't till the 1930s that nylon bristles and more ergonomic handles entered the toothbrush market.
- In 1816, Isaac Newton's tooth was sold for today's modern equivalent of nearly $36,000. It's a good thing there wasn't a tooth fairy back then.
These are just a few dental tidbits worth sharing. Share them with your children and family, so they realize how lucky we are to be living in an age where modern dentistry and oral hygiene products have advanced. It's safe to say that your son or daughter would opt for nylon soft-bristles over boars bristles any day.