Have you ever considered treating your teeth specially? It’s so true that many people do not consider teeth care when making a grocery list.
Oftentimes, we buy good body lotion and skincare products. Others have a particular kind of soap for taking their bath and the soap for washing the face is also different. Very little thought is taken into consideration when choosing a toothbrush.
A toothbrush is an oral hygiene tool used in cleaning the teeth, around the gums and the tongue. It is made up of some clustered bristles on the top on which toothpaste can be applied, and it has a handle that aids the individual to clean every area in the mouth.
How and when was Toothbrush introduced to us?
Before the invention of the toothbrush, different oral hygiene measures had been in place.
Traditionally, the use of a chew stick was adopted. Chew sticks were twigs with frayed ends used to brush the teeth. There were people who even cut the branch of a tree, chew the tip and use it in cleaning the mouth.
Then came the first bristle toothbrush which is similar to the modern one, it was found in China. It is made up of bristles on the upper part to aid effective washing on the teeth and tongue. The bristles were sourced from hogs living in Siberia and northern China because the colder temperatures provided firmer bristles.
They were attached to a handle manufactured from bamboo or bone, forming a toothbrush. The bristle toothbrush spread to Europe, brought from China to Europe by travellers. It was adopted in Europe during the 17th century.
William Addis is believed to have produced the first mass production of toothbrush in 1780. In 1770, he had been jailed for causing a riot. While in prison he decided that using a rag with soot and salt on the teeth was ineffective and could be improved.
After saving a small bone from a meal, he drilled small holes into the bone and tied into the bone tufts of bristles that he had obtained from one of the guards, passed the tufts of bristle through the holes in the bone and sealed the holes with glue.
After his release, he became wealthy after starting a business manufacturing toothbrushes. He died in 1808, bequeathing the business to his eldest son. It remained within family ownership until 1996. Under the name Wisdom Toothbrushes, the company now manufactures 70 million toothbrushes per year in the UK. By 1840 toothbrushes were being produced in mass quantity in Britain, France, Germany, and Japan.
Since the invention of the Toothbrush, it’s production and variety has been worked on improved upon over the years. In choosing a toothbrush, there are a few things to put into consideration.
- Choose either to use a Manual or an Electric/Battery-Powered.
None is better than the other, it only depends on your preference. An electric or battery-powered toothbrush is mostly used when the individual has not enough strength to brush on his own or if the person has no dexterity in keeping up good oral hygiene.
- Make sure to go for a toothbrush that is approved by the registered dental association.
Just like any medication, you would not want to use something that has not been medically proven to be good.
- Check the size.
The size of a toothbrush is very important to how effective it would be for you. imagine an adult using a toothbrush meant for a child. How well would it do the job? So when choosing a toothbrush, you would want to go for one that soothes you well in size.
- Check the bristles- go for one that would work for you.
Most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled toothbrush is best for teeth, especially for removing plaque and debris. A stiffened bristle might be too hard on gums. Follow recommendations from your dentist when choosing your toothbrush.
- Fancy and colour
Toothbrushes are now been produced in different shapes, designs and colours. The colour and fanciness of your toothbrush is also important. If you have a beautiful toothbrush, brushing twice a day would interest you, thereby helping you to maintain good oral hygiene.
So the next time you make a grocery list, do well to include a toothbrush. It is ideal to change your toothbrush every three weeks.
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