Toothbrush Trivia Facts

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How frequently do you use your toothbrush? Hopefully it’s at least two times a day. You may have looked at it so many times, though, that you hardly even think about it anymore. They might just be an object that you’ve seen every day, probably since you can remember. You may even think you know all there is about your toothbrush, but today we’d like to give you a few trivia facts about them.

-The toothbrush may have been around for 5,000 years–or some form of one, at least. In certain ancient civilizations, people would use a “chew stick,” or a thin twig with one end that is frayed, to remove food from their teeth.
-The first mass-produced toothbrush was made in prison. In 1770, William Addis was put in jail for starting a riot when he saw the other prisoners clean their teeth with a rag covered in soot or salt. He kept an animal bone from dinner, got bristles from a guard, bored tiny holes, inserted the bristles and sealed them with glue. When he was released, he refined his prototype and started a company making them.
-There isn’t one right order for brushing and flossing. It might not really matter to your teeth which you do first as long as you are do it.
-Your toothbrush can last three or four months. After that time, your brush may not be able clean your teeth as well and it should be replaced.

If you live near American Fork, Utah, and want to know more about dental hygiene, please call American Fork Family Dentist today to make schedule a consultation at 801-756-2809. Dr. Clayton M. Hansen, and our team, want to help you to have a healthy smile that can last for many years.