Fun Trivia About Toothbrushes and Toothpaste

Sep 16, 2015

If you think teeth brushing was characteristic of a modern society, think again! The first toothbrush recorded in history was used around 3000 BC. Instead of the modern, plastic toothbrush that patients at Stellar Kids Dentistry in Mukilteo and Everett use today, civilizations from this time period used a twig with jagged edges to clean their teeth. Proper oral health care has been around for centuries!

We here at Stellar Kids Dentistry have some fun facts about toothbrushes and toothpaste that may be interesting to think about the next time you and your children brush your teeth!

Did you know:

The first toothbrush invented that had bristles was produced in China in the 15th Century. The brushes were fabricated from bone and bamboo and the bristles came from hairs picked from a hog’s neck.

The first nylon toothbrush with bristles was invented in 1938, leading to a modern obsession with oral health and hygiene.

Here is some other trivia about toothbrushes and toothpaste from Stellar Kids Dentistry:

  • Blue is the most popular color of toothbrush.
  • Toothpaste was first invented in China and India in 500 BC.
  • Children are happy campers: They smile approximately 400 times a day.
  • The first modern toothpaste was produced in 1780. Crest created its first toothpaste in the United States in 1955 and Colgate preceded it with a toothpaste coming out in 1873.

Learn more about oral health from your friendly, family dental team at Stellar Kids Dentistry. Contact us today to book an appointment and keep your teeth healthy, beautiful and clean!