He toothbrush It is a very important item of daily use to maintain oral health. At first glance it seems to be a topic without emotion since we will talk about an article from day to day; But have you ever wondered how our ancestors brushed their teeth? Who and how were they invented?
Read on ... we are going to tell you the incredible story of its evolution since its invention thousands of years ago and other curiosities.
The toothbrush is an older item than you think. It dates back to 3000 B.C.
The most primitive men used from the nails to the roots of plants to clean their teeth.
The Egyptians were the first to create this oral hygiene item, as they were aware of the oral health and from the serious problems that could arise if they did not take care of it, for that reason, the concept of Dental clinics. That's right, in an age as remote as the civilization of the pharaohs.
To assemble their toothbrushes, they managed with tree twigs, in which one of their extremities must be soft and frayed so that they could rub it on their teeth. In this way, they removed the remains of food that remained between their teeth.
The Arabs also used this piece called Miswak or Siwake, which incredibly some fans do today. In some African and Australian tribes they still use them.
Some time later, it was the Chinese who created a brush “something similar” to the one we know today. In the fourteenth century, sows came from the neck of cold weather pigs, therefore, they were strong sows and these were supported by a bamboo stick or bone.
Some time later, the chinese toothbrush to European lands by English merchants, where brushing teeth was unusual. When introduced to the market and family customs, the bristles were replaced by softer ones made of ponytail hair and even from other animals, since the previous ones irritated the gums due to their hardness.
Despite the fact that this invention brought to Europe had a great impact and change of habit in people, since they did not have oral hygiene as a routine; some resisted and continued to use toothpicks and feathers to remove food scraps.
It was not until it was discovered in nylon in 1938, which replaced bristles made from animal hair. This great discovery was made by Wallace H. Carothers, who started making nylon bristle brushes, like the one we usually use today. They called this the "miracle brush”.
Over time, the brushes improved in their design and ergonomics with more industrialized materials until they became the wide variety of plastic brushes that we find in stores today.
With technological advances, a wide variety of toothbrushes have been developed, whether for their material, their operation, color, comfort, stiffness of the bristles, manual, electrical, among other characteristics, such as post-surgical toothbrushes, with orthodontic head, interproximal, periodontal, electric and the most ordinary.
Now that you know this story, we do not want to stop telling you that, although we have evolved throughout the history of humanity, we must not ignore the consequences that many inventions bring us.
Did you know a human uses more than 320 brushes and he spends approximately 39 hours brushing his teeth throughout his life? Now let's think about the amount of toxic waste that has taken its toll on our planet ... Let's not forget the origin of this ingenious device that keeps us healthier. Let's go back to origins.