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You know that a toothbrush is an integral part of your dental hygiene routine. However, there are many facts about the toothbrush that you are probably not aware of. Continue reading to get to know your toothbrush!

How old is the toothbrush?
The toothbrush has existed, in various forms, for 5,000 years. In ancient times, a chew stick was used to clean teeth. This thin twig had a frayed end. The toothbrush slowly evolved from there to the toothbrush we use today.

Where was the first mass-produced toothbrush invented?
The first mass-produce toothbrush was invented in a prison. William Addis, an Englishman, was jailed in 1770. He saved a bone from dinner and received bristles from a guard. He made tiny holes in the bone, inserted the bristles and sealed them with glue. Addis used this to brush his teeth. When Addis was removed from prison, he modified his prototype and started a company to mass produce his toothbrush.

Is it better to brush or floss first?
It doesn’t matter. The important thing is that you brush and floss every day.

How long should each tooth brushing session last?
Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. If you have a hard time brushing for long enough, try setting a timer.

We invite you to contact The Center For Holistic Dental Medicine at 732-530-4020 today for more information and schedule an appointment with Dr. Glenn MacFarlane. Our dentist and team in Red Bank, New Jersey, are excited to aid you and your smile!