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Six Things You Didn’t Know About Your Toothbrush

You know that the toothbrush is important to keep your oral health in check, but there are probably some facts you didn’t know. Check out these fun facts about your toothbrush, listed below with the help of your D.C. dentist.

The Toothbrush is 5,000 Years Old

Ancient civilizations used a chew stick which was a thin twig that contained a frayed end. Over time, the toothbrush evolved and was made from wood, bone or ivory handles with bristles from animals.

Your Toothbrush Likes to Be Kept in the Open

After using the toothbrush, be sure you rinse it well. Then, store it upright to air dry. If you store your toothbrush with others, it can become contaminated. This is true when they are covered in a closed container as well. Moist environments breed bacteria.

Mass-Produced Toothbrushes Were Invented in Prison

In 1770, William Addis incited a riot and was jailed. Prisoners were using a rag covered in salt to clean their teeth. Addis used an animal bone he saved from dinner and bored tiny holes into it. Then, he inserted bristles and used glue to seal them. When he was released, he changed the prototype and started the Wisdom Toothbrush company which still exists in the United Kingdom today.

Your Toothbrush will Last Three to Four Months

It is important that the toothbrush gets replaced every three to four months. You will want to do this sooner if the bristles are frayed. If you are sick, that is also an important time to replace the toothbrush so you don’t reinfect yourself with germs.

Soft-Bristles are Ideal

Most dentists will agree that soft-bristled toothbrushes do the best job of cleaning. Firm or medium-bristles toothbrushes can damage the gums or enamel. It is also important that you don’t scrub vigorously.

Twice a Day for Two Minutes Each

You need to brush your teeth for a total of four minutes per day. This should be broken down to twice a day for two minutes at a time. Ensuring that the proper time is used, is imperative toward a healthy mouth.

If you have any more questions about the toothbrush or want to see what other facts you can learn, be sure to speak with your D.C. dentist by calling our office today at (202) 822-3787. They are, in fact, the toothbrush expert!