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Dr. James C. Ma and our team stress the importance of dental hygiene. Proper dental hygiene includes brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. Teeth care dates back for thousands of years. However, early dental care tools were very different from what we use today. Let’s explore the history of the toothbrush together.

Tools for brushing the teeth were around as early as 3500 to 3000 BC. The Egyptians and Babylonians made brushes by fraying the end of a twig. In Egypt, ancient tombs have been found that contain toothsticks alongside their owners. The Chinese developed chewing sticks from aromatic tree twigs around 1600 BC.

In 1498, the bristle toothbrush was invented in China. These were similar to what we use today and were made from bone or bamboo with the course hairs from a hog’s neck attached. In England in 1780, William Addis made the first mass-produced toothbrush. Boar bristles were used until 1938, when nylon bristles were invented. The first toothbrush made with nylon bristles was called Doctor West’s Miracle Toothbrush. The use of the toothbrush was not common in the United States until soldiers came home from WWII and brought the habit with them. Tooth brushing was part of the daily dental hygiene regimen required of the army.

We invite you to contact our office today to learn more about dental hygiene and to schedule an appointment. Our dentist and team in Bakersfield, California, are excited to serve you and your smile!