We use our toothbrushes at least twice a day. They play a huge part in our morning and evening routines. They provide us with the valuable service of keeping our teeth white, shiny, and clean. But they’re more than just a boring tool that keeps our teeth healthy. Toothbrushes are an unsung hero that has been by humanity’s side through some of the most monumental and colossal events in history. Here are 5 facts about toothbrushes.
- The toothbrush is around 5,000 years old. An early form of the toothbrush was a thin twig with a frayed end that ancient civilizations used to remove food from their teeth. Over time, this evolved into tools made from bone, ivory, or wood handles and stiff bristles from animals such as hogs. The modern nylon-bristled toothbrush we now utilize was invented in 1938.
- You should brush after flossing. This way the debris that you remove from between your teeth from flossing can be brushed away afterward with your toothbrush.
- Toothbrushes like to be left out in the open. When you’re finished brushing your teeth, rinse any remaining food particles, toothpaste, etc. off of your toothbrush with tap water. Afterward, keep it upright and let it air dry. Putting it in a dark, closed container can help germs and bacteria grow.
- They should be replaced every 3 to 4 months. Using a toothbrush after its bristles are frayed will not help you keep your teeth clean.
- Make sure your toothbrush has an ADA Seal of Approval. This ensures that your toothbrush has been evaluated to make sure it is a working brush that will help reduce your risk of gum disease and cavities.