Oral Health Tips From Thousand Oaks Dentists Drs. Joseph & Janice Beierle
In our experience, we’ve found that many kids are fascinated by teeth. If that sounds like one of your kids, here are some fun facts you can share with them. It might even give them some background information for a school report!
Teeth Care Through History
Here are some more fun facts about how people throughout history have thought about and taken care of their teeth.
Because people have always understood how important their teeth are, we have always had ways to care for them. Of course, before technological advances, oral care was pretty crude. In fact, in many ancient cultures people would actually chew on tree bark or wooden sticks with frayed ends to clean their teeth. Ancient Egyptians brushed their teeth with a powdery substance made from pulverized eggshells and oxen hooves. Some historians think that using these ingredients in powder form, and mixing with water, was slightly abrasive and may have been an effective means of removing remnants left by food.
Do you ever wonder how long people have used what we would call a modern toothbrush? A man from England named William Addis is often credited with inventing the toothbrush in the 1700s. He attached a boar’s bristles to a bone handle, creating a toothbrush that could be mass-produced. But other historians go back much farther. A bristle toothbrush that somewhat resembles a modern toothbrush was found in China sometime during the Tang Dynasty in 619 – 907 A.D.
What we think of as a modern toothbrush — with nylon bristles and ergonomic handles — was developed in the 1930s.
So there’s a lot more to the humble toothbrush than you thought, isn’t there!