If you think teeth brushing is characteristic of a modern society, think again! The first toothbrush recorded in history was used around 3000 BC. Instead of the modern, plastic toothbrush that patients are familiar with from Port Coquitlam dental practice, Oxford Family Dental, civilizations in the past used twigs with jagged edges to clean their teeth. Proper oral health care has been around for centuries!

We here at Oxford Family Dental in Port Coquitlam have some fun facts about toothbrushes and toothpaste that may be interesting to think about the next time you brush your teeth.

Did you know:

The first toothbrush with bristles was produced in China in the 15th Century. The brushes were fabricated from bone and bamboo and the bristles came from hairs picked from a hog’s neck.

The first nylon toothbrush with bristles was invented in 1938, leading to a modern obsession with oral health and hygiene.

Here is some other trivia about toothbrushes and toothpaste:

  • Blue is the most popular colour of toothbrush
  • Toothpaste was first invented in China and India in 500 BC
  • Children are happy campers: They smile approximately 400 times a day.
  • The first modern toothpaste was produced in 1780. Crest created its first toothpaste in the United States in 1955 and Colgate preceded it with a toothpaste coming out in 1873.

Learn more about oral health from your friendly, family dental team at Port Coquitlam dental practice, Oxford Family DentalContact us today to book an appointment and keep your teeth healthy, beautiful and clean!

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