A toothbrush is an oral hygiene instrument used to clean the teeth, gums, and tongue. Generally, a toothbrush has a head of tightly clustered bristles and a handle to facilitate the brushing of teeth. These are of different kinds; wooden, plastic, bamboo and electric toothbrush. No doubt, a toothbrush is must have for oral hygiene. Here are some interesting and lesser known toothbrush facts you shouldn’t miss:
Top 10 cool and interesting toothbrush facts you shouldn’t miss!
1. History off toothpaste and toothbrush for oral hygiene!Toothbrush has long rich history. Egyptians, around 5000 BCE, were the first to use toothpaste- like mixture for oral hygiene. They would use an amalgam of rock salt, mint and pepper to clean and cure the bleeding gums. Apparently, Persians tried burnt goats' feet for oral hygiene. However, it caused disease instead of oral hygiene. In India and China, they used Ayurveda tonics around 2700 BCE. There are evidences of using some tonic similar to toothpaste for oral hygiene. The Greeks used donkey milk for this purpose. The Roman discovered that ammonia was useful for oral hygiene. However, the only known source of ammonia, at that time, was human urine. Around 18th century, the British used mixture of brick dust, crushed china and nitric acid. The acid caused erosion of enamel and tooth decay. In 1824, in order to reduce the erosion, an American dentist began to add soap to his toothpaste. By 1850's “Creme Dentifiric”, was a popular toothpowder. In 1873 Colgate began industrial production of soap based toothpaste. Initially, the company introduced toothpaste jars. Later in 1886, Doctor Sheffield introduced the “tube” for toothpaste that is used nowadays. After the World War II, the manufacturers replaced the detergents with emulsifying agents. Some of emulsifying agents are Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and Sodium Ricinoleate. Therefore, Colgate began to add fluoride to their toothpaste formula.
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2. The toothbrush was originally a “chew stick”!Toothbrush in the beginning was nothing like the one we use today. In ancient times, around 3000 BC, people used “chew stick” for teeth cleaning. The bristles toothbrush was invented in 1498 in China. The bristles were stiff hairs taken from the back of a hog’s neck. And they used bones as the handle. In those days, people even used feathers, bones and porcupine quills for teeth cleaning. In 1780, William Addis first mass produced a toothbrush. Later in 1857, Mr. H. N. Wadsworth patented a toothbrush in the United States. In United States, the mass production of this handy instrument began in 1885. Dupont de Nemours introduced the "soft" toothbrush in 1938. It had soft, nylon bristles. It was named as “Doctor West’s Miracle Toothbrush”. After the World War II, the American increasingly adopted this oral cleaning habit and toothbrushes gained popularity. In 1960, Broxodent introduced the first ever electric toothbrush at the American Dental Association (ADA) convention.
3. Listerine was the first ever commercial antiseptic mouthwash!In 1893, Listerine was introduced and sold commercially. This was the first ever commercially sold mouthwash.
4. William Addis – the man who mass produced toothbrush in prison!Yes, you read it right. The first mass production of toothbrush happened in 1780. The man behind this was William Addis of Clerkenwald, England. He made the prototype while in prison because of some riots. He used small animal’s bone and bristles inserted through drilled holes.
5. Global population has more mobiles than toothbrushes!Technology has definitely surpassed the personal care. There more than 20 billion mobile devices connected to the internet. This makes average of three devices per person. On the other hand, only 3.5 billion people are estimated to use a toothbrush.
6.Blue is the most common color of toothbrush!Another of interesting toothbrush facts! The most common and popular toothbrush color is blue. Red comes second in line.
7. When buying toothbrush look for ADA acceptance seal!In order to make sure the quality of toothbrush that you buy, look for American dental association (ADA) acceptance seal. Such product is premium quality and safe for oral hygiene.
8. Your toothbrush is home to more than 100 million bacteria!There are hundreds and millions of germs in our mouth. Regular brushing of teeth effectively fights these germs. However, toothbrush itself may contain as much as 100 million bacteria. Therefore, change your toothbrush every three to four months. Also, do not share your brush with anyone.
9. Is an electric toothbrush better than the manual?The truth is, your teeth don’t care. Despite there is much debate about which one is better, there is no clear winner. Simply keep in mind two times for two minutes a day in order to have clean, healthier teeth.
10. Toothbrush fun fact!About 70% of the American population brush teeth regularly and twice a day. On average, a person spends 38 days of his life for brushing teeth.
11. November 1st is National Brush Day!The National Brush Day is celebrated on 1st of November. The goal is to create awareness about oral hygiene.
12. Jack Hokanson – the man who introduced first ever environment-friendly toothbrush!Jack Hokanson introduced the first environment-friendly toothbrush. It was named the “Hoke2 brush”. It had replicable bristles with a non-disposable handle.
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13. Reinast Luxury Toothbrush is the World’s most expensive toothbrush!Reinast Luxury Toothbrush is world’s most expensive toothbrush. It cost a whopping $4,000. The toothbrush is made up of Titanium with champagne rose and matt black finishing. Wow!
14. Interesting toothbrush facts – you can lose some weight just by brushing your teeth!If a person brushes his/her teeth three times a day and for two minutes each time, it can burn more than 3,500 calories annually. That means you can lose one pound per year just by brushing your teeth.
15. How many toothbrushes are thrown away every year!In United States alone, they discard more than 1 billion toothbrushes annually. The plastic toothbrushes are major concern as they do not discompose and can take thousands of years for complete decomposition.
16. Bamboo brushes are becoming popular!Nowadays, the bamboo toothbrushes are becoming more popular. These are equally safe, effective and eco-friendly.
17. Some interesting toothbrush world records!
- On February 2019, Sharon Lipinski and Christine Forster achieved the Guinness World Record of the longest line of toothbrushes. They lined up 41,769 toothbrushes, in Loveland, Colorado, USA. The final length of these lined up toothbrushes was 5,746.4 m (18,853 ft 0.22 in).
- The Guinness world record for most people brushing their teeth simultaneously is 26,382. The Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry, Colgate-Palmolive India Limited and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences collectively achieved this record. This was on November 7, 2019 in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India.
- Sandeep Singh Kaila achieved the Guinness world record of spinning a basketball on toothbrush for longest duration. The duration was 1 min 8.15 sec. the record was made on 1 January 2019 and in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.
- Grigori Fleicher, a Russian man, has the largest collection of toothbrushes. He has 1,320 different tooth brushes as of 5 November 2008.