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Who invented the toothbrush and when was it invented?

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Asked by Shashi LS, 02 May '08 12:46 pm
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Various Peoples. 1938 (modern). The toothbrush as we know it today was not invented until 1938. However, early forms of the toothbrush have been in existence since 3000 BC. Ancient civilizations used a "chew stick," which was a thin twig with a frayed end. These 'chew sticks' were rubbed against the teeth. The bristle toothbrush, similar to the type used today, was not invented until 1498 in China. The bristles were actually the stiff, coarse hairs taken from the back of a hog's neck and attached to handles made of bone or bamboo. Boar bristles were used until 1938, when nylon bristles were introduced by Dupont de Nemours. The first nylon toothbrush was called Doctor West's Miracle Toothbrush. Later, Americans were influenced by the disciplined hygiene habits of soldiers from World War II. They became increasingly concerned with the practice of good oral hygiene and quickly adopted the nylon toothbrush. Some other interesting toothbrush facts: The first mass-prod ...more
Answered by GOPI KUMAR, 02 May '08 12:48 pm

 
  
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By William Addis,in the year 1770
Answered by UNNIKRISHNA RAMAN, 02 May '08 12:52 pm

 
  
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Same qn. was asked by Indradutta few days back The first commercial toothbrush was invented by Goldstein and Hautman in 1875.
Answered by Sunita, 02 May '08 12:51 pm

 
  
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