We know our toothbrushes as the perfect tools for removing plaque from our mouths and keeping cavities at bay (with the help of fluoride toothpaste, of course). But what else is there to learn about toothbrushes? Read on to discover six new things you didn’t know about your toothbrush!
The toothbrush is 5000 years old!
Were not kidding! In various forms, Ancient civilizations used a “chew stick” to remove food from between their teeth. Over time, toothbrushes evolved into what they are today. The modern, nylon-bristled toothbrush we use was invented in 1938.
The first mass produced toothbrush was invented in a prison!
In 1770, an Englishman by the name of William Addis was jailed for inciting a riot. He saved bones from his meals and obtained bristles from a guard and built his own toothbrush in jail to clean his teeth. After his release, he started a company that is still around in the United Kingdom today: Wisdom Toothbrushes.
Which is better? Manual or powered toothbrushes?
This is a classic debate. The truth is that both are effective and get the job done. It really comes down to personal preference, as both options are good options. You can also consult your dentist if you want help in picking!
Toothbrushes like to be left out in the open!
Cleaning your toothbrush is easy. Rinse it to remove any remaining toothpaste or debris and store it upright. This lets the toothbrush air dry. This is crucial in making sure your toothbrush doesn’t attract any unwanted bacteria!
The lifespan of your toothbrush is about 3-4 months.
Make sure you replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Worn out toothbrushes don’t do as good of a job cleaning your teeth. A good sign of toothbrush wear and tear is when bristles start to become frayed.
Sharing is caring, but not for toothbrushes!
Sharing toothbrushes means you’re also sharing germs and bacteria. This is a concern if you have a cold or flu to spread. Make sure to have your own toothbrush to use!
Contact our team at Apple Dental Group Today if you have any questions about what toothbrushes and which one is the right one for you!