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A Brief History of Toothbrushes and Toothpastes
You may be surprised to learn that the tradition of brushing teeth goes back about 5,000 years ago. Archeological evidence reveals that both the Egyptians and the Babylonians brushed their teeth with frayed twigs beginning around 3500 B.C.

In the 15th century the Chinese are credited with creating the toothbrush. This toothbrush was an all-natural brush designed from boar's bristles that connected to a handle fashioned out of bamboo or bone. In 1600 B.C., the Chinese also developed 'chew sticks' from twigs, using them to keep their breath fresh.

Eventually, this early 15th century Chinese brush found its way to Europe, and was being produced with horse hairs or feathers. In 1780, the first modern toothbrush's design credit went to William Addis, who used a pig's bristles and a bone handle.

Natural bristles continued to be used until nylon was invented in the late 1930s, leading to the development of the toothbrush as we know it today. Today brushes come in all shapes and sizes, manual, electric, and battery powered for make brushing safe and easy for all ages and stages.

Toothpaste, like early tooth brushing, is attributed to the ancient Egyptians from around 5000 B.C. Later, the Greeks, Romans, Chinese and Indians adopted toothpaste. These early toothpaste included a wide variety of ingredients that would sound quite distasteful today, including powder of ox hooves' ashes, crushed bones, shells, and powdered charcoal.

Sometime after, to make the toothpaste more palatable, spices, mints, flower petals, and even salt were added. The first modern toothpaste was manufactured by Colgate in 1873 and was distributed in jars. Tubes came twenty years later. Fluoride was added in 1914 guiding us into the era of today's healthy, flavorful, effective toothpastes.

Signs You Have an Impacted Tooth
Having an impacted tooth means that you have a tooth that is stuck and cannot emerge from the gums fully. This could be anything from a canine to a wisdom tooth. Teeth can get stuck for any number of reasons, such as the mouth not having enough room for the tooth to come in, the tooth coming in at a poor angle, or the tooth being slow to erupt.

If you notice pain in the gums where a tooth should be coming in but you don't see signs that the tooth is breaking through the gums, you need have your teeth evaluated. Even if the tooth partially erupts so you can see part of the tooth, this is also a type of impaction that needs to be looked at and treated. When you schedule an appointment, we can look at your smile to see how the impacted tooth needs to be treated to prevent damage to the surrounding teeth and gums.

Soaking Your Toothbrush Can Help You Sanitize It
After brushing our teeth, we rinse our toothbrush to remove any residue, but that may not entirely remove residue on the bristles. If someone in your family is sick, you may also be wondering how to remove any bacteria on the bristles. If it's been less than three months since you purchased the toothbrush, you may be interested in sanitizing your toothbrush in order to remove any food particles, toothpaste, or lingering bacteria.

One of the easiest ways to sanitize a toothbrush is to use an antibacterial (or antimicrobial) mouthwash. Simply place your toothbrush into a small glass with the bristles down, full enough to cover the bristles with the mouthwash. Before brushing, rinse the toothbrush thoroughly, then use it as normal.

Emphasizing the connection between a healthy body, healthy mouth, and a beautiful smile!

Spring Creek Family Dentistry | | 503-659-9658
2636 SE Harrison St, Milwaukie, OR 97222



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