Who invented the toothbrush?

Who invented the toothbrush?

by Ursula A. Kolbe

To put it bluntly: I still enjoy reading the “children's pages” in daily newspapers. Because they refresh or expand my general knowledge or suddenly put some everyday things into the room like “Who invented the toothbrush? - I just didn't know.

The answer to this was given by reading the Austrian “Kronenzeitung” on holiday and here on the “kidsKrone” page, which said: “Even the Egyptians around 3,000 years before Christ, cleaning and caring for teeth was important. To clean them, they simply took small branches, which they then chewed, the so-called "chewing sticks". Later it was the Chinese who wrapped pig bristles around a bamboo stick.

It was the toothbrush, but it looked more like a brush. Around the same time - around 1500 - the first toothbrushes were also made in Europe, but made from horse hair. The first company to make toothbrushes from cow bones and bristles was in England in 1780. But these devices were expensive and therefore only affordable for rich people.

And by the way: “Animals also brush their teeth. Or rather - they let you clean! Crocodile watchers are little birds that peck leftovers from the crocodiles' teeth. And cleaner fish swim in the mouths of large fish to keep their teeth in order. Only lions have such large gaps in their teeth that hardly any food gets stuck. “- Thank you Robert Steiner & Rolf Rüdiger.