Have you ever wondered where the toothbrush came from that you have in your bathroom medicine cabinet? According to the Library of Congress, the toothbrush that we use today was not invented until 1938. However, there are many other early forms of toothbrushes that have been around since 3000 BC. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used what was referred to as a “chew stick” which was a thin stick with a frayed end. The teeth were “cleaned” by chewing on the frayed end.
Bristle toothbrushes were invented in China in 1498. These brushes were made with hairs taken from the backs of hog’s necks and attached to bone or bamboo handles.
In 1938, Dupont de Nemours introduced the first nylon toothbrush called Doctor West’s Miracle Toothbrush. Compared to using a boar bristle toothbrush, this was probably looked on as a miracle! Now we have various toothbrush shapes, sizes, textures and handle styles to choose from.
Here are some other interesting facts about toothbrushes:
The first mass-produced toothbrush was made by William Addis of Clerkenwald, England, around 1780.
The first American to patent a toothbrush was H.N. Wadsworth, on November 7, 1857.
Mass production of toothbrushes began in America around 1885.
One of the first electric toothbrushes to hit the American market was in 1960. It was marketed by the Squibb company under the name of Broxodent.
On average, each person in the U.S. purchases three toothbrushes every 2 years although the ADA recommends that toothbrushes be changed every 3 to 4 months.
Halloween is here and that means your kids will probably be eating a lot of sweets, especially candy. So how can you keep their teeth from suffering after too much sugar?
One way is pretty simple. Brush often. Everyone knows that brushing your teeth can help you prevent cavities, but it can also help if you have eaten too much sugar. You also need to change your toothbrush out often. According to colgate.com, Toothbrushes with triple-action bristles and diamond-shaped heads are designed to be better at cleaning hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. And those hard-to-reach places are where your sugars will reside.
Use mouthwash, especially those that contain fluoride. If you don’t have mouthwash, swishing your mouth out with plain water will help.
Chewing sugar-free gum after eating sweets helps by creating saliva which will remove sugar that coats your teeth. The key is to prevent the mouth from remaining coated in the acid-forming sugars and other carbohydrates found in sweets after eating.
Use these tips to help your kids (and yourself) from developing cavities from too much sugars. And call our office at Brogdon Dental to make your appointment for cleaning. Now is the time to take control of your and your children’s dental health.
Last time we talked about foods and teeth we discussed cheese. With this post we will talk about Almonds. Did you realize that almonds (as well as other nuts) contain vitamins, minerals, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc and other nutrients that are good for your teeth?
Not only are almonds good for your teeth, but they are high in monounsaturated fats which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease.
To stay strong, healthy teeth need a combination of phosphorus for bone formation; vitamin D and magnesium for calcium absorption; vitamin B to prevent mouth sores; and vitamin C and potassium for strong gum tissue.
One food packed with all these healthy-teeth nutrients is an ounce of almonds (about 20-25 nuts).
Almonds also neutralize cavity-causing acids, says David Leader, D.D.S, assistant clinical professor at Tufts Dental School in Boston.
Who doesn’t like nuts? What an enjoyable way to introduce healthy vitamins and minerals in your diet! So have a hand full of nuts and call our office to set up your next dental appointment.
Can Halloween treats be tricks for your kids teeth? What are the best treats for your kids to indulge in this year? the worse? Here is a list of some of the good and bad treats for your kids.
frozen fruit bars with chunks of real fruit
Not too Scary:
chocolate without sticky fillings
peanut butter cups
While all candies are not bad for your teeth, eating too much of anything, even good things, is not recommended. Remember, anything that can get stuck in your teeth is probably not good for your teeth. And don’t forget to brush and floss. At Brogdon Dental, we want to help your kids keep their boo-tiful smiles!
What kind of technique do you use when you brush your teeth? According to the American Dental Association,
… for the most thorough cleaning, start with your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and brush gently back and forth in tooth-wide strokes. To scrub the inside of your front teeth, hold your toothbrush vertically and make up-and-down strokes. Make sure to get all surfaces of each tooth, and brush your tongue, too!
By using this technique and visiting your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and exams, you can maintain good oral health. Contact us at Brogdon Dental 870-5698 to schedule your next dental appointment.