Did You Know? Toothbrush/Toothpaste Series

  • Boar, badger, and horse hair were used for toothbrush bristles but were later found to be abrasive and harsh.
  • The first nylon-bristled toothbrush with a plastic handle was invented in 1938
  • The first American to get a patent for a toothbrush was H.N. Wadsworth
  • The electric toothbrush first appeared in 1939
  • Egyptians used a form of toothpaste over 5000 years ago
  • Colgate introduced aromatic toothpaste in a jar in 1873
  • Colgate dental cream was packaged in collapsible tubes in 1896
  • Approximately $2 billion a year is spent on dental products a year in the United States (toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, and toothbrushes)
  • Ancient cultures chewed on twigs or roots to clean their teeth
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