Do you know when and where the first toothbrush was invented? If you said “West Virginia” you are quite wrong. Although there is evidence that toothbrushes were used many centuries ago in ancient China, the first tooth brush in Western culture was actually invented by a British prisoner named William Addis way back in 1780.
While imprisoned on charges of inciting a riot, Mr. Addis fashioned his fabulous dental hygiene invention using cattle bone and boar bristles. Even though many improvements on Mr. Addis’s toothbrush would be made over the next 150 years, the first modern toothbrush with nylon bristles would not hit the market until 1938.
Given the fact that it took over 150 years to evolve from bone and boar bristle toothbrushes to nylon toothbrushes, it is pretty amazing how much dental technology has Continue reading