Everything you need to know about your toothbrush

In this new blog entry from Velez & LozanoWe, dentists in Murcia, want to let you know some curious facts about the toothbrush, the best ally of your smile. Do you know who invented it? How were the first prototypes manufactured in antiquity? How to use it and how often should you renew it to ensure optimal oral hygiene?

The origins of the toothbrush

The history of the toothbrush dates back to 3,000 years BC. Archaeologists found small sticks and twigs crushed at one end with which the ancient Egyptians are believed to have cleaned their teeth and gums. The Romans and Greeks also removed food debris with chopsticks.

The Chinese, as always, got there first

However, the toothbrush as we know it today was invented in Asia. It was the Chinese, in particular, who more than 500 years ago gave shape to this invention, which at that time had thick boar bristles and a handle made of bone or bamboo.

In the late 19th century, the toothbrush began to be mass-produced and marketed in the United States, although nylon filaments were not introduced until the late 1940s.

Advancing technology

Dental technology has come a long way since the first twigs of the ancient Egyptians. In fact, the use of electric toothbrushes and interdental toothbrushes, which reach where conventional toothbrushes cannot, is now widespread.

Brushing technique is key

Dentists recommend renewing your toothbrush at least every three months and whenever you notice that its filaments are worn or open. Apart from its proper condition and maintenance, brushing technique plays an essential role in oral hygiene. Consult your dentist for more information and professional advice. Remember that in addition to hygiene at home, it is also necessary to visit the dentist periodically for a professional cleaning.

The doctors of the dental clinic Velez & Lozanodentists of reference in the Region of Murcia, can advise you on the best habits to take care of your oral health, through healthy dietary guidelines and daily care techniques, as well as personalised treatments ranging from comprehensive periodontal maintenance, to children's dentistry, implantology and treatment against bruxism, among other services.