People used chew sticks, toothpicks, and even cloths to clean their teeth.
They rubbed sulfur oil, salt water (saline), or baking soda on their teeth.
They even frayed one end of a twig from a nice-smelling bush or tree to clean their teeth and freshen their breath.
But, until this day in 1498, people didn't brush their teeth.
The Emperor of China patented a toothbrush made of bamboo with stiff hogback bristles attached at right angles to the bamboo. Tooth hygiene was much easier with a brush rather than a stick, and word of the invention traveled back to Europe and, eventually, all over the world.
Celebrate! Buy new toothbrushes today!
Did you know you should...
- change your toothbrush every 3 to 5 months, plus after every cold or flu.
- clean your toothbrush with running water after each brushing and allow it to air-dry in an upright position without contacting other toothbrushes.
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