At-home dental care has never been easier than today. We can go to almost any supermarket or drugstore and have dozens of toothbrushes, toothpastes, flosses and mouthwashes to choose from. There is truly no excuse for neglecting daily care when there are products available to match every preference.

Not too long ago, though, dental care was not as easy and definitely not as customizable. So how just how did folks brush their teeth back in the day?

3500-3000 BC: Babylonians and Egyptians made a toothbrush by fraying the end of a twig (there are some cultures today that still use this method)

1600 BC: The Chinese developed chewing sticks made from aromatic tree twigs to clean teeth and freshen breath. This method was later adopted by Europeans in the Middle Ages.

500 BC – 600 AD: Greeks, Romans and other cultures relied on abrasive objects like crushed egg shells, oyster shells and bone to clean teeth.

1780: The first toothbrush of modern design was invented by an Englishman named William Addis. The handle was carved from a cattle bone and the brush head was made from the neck bristles of pigs.

1938: The harsh natural bristles of old were replaced by softer nylon bristles invented by DuPont.

1960: The first electric toothbrush was developed in the U.S. by the Broxodent company.

Today you can find a toothbrush with a small or large head, with soft or medium bristles, with built-in tongue scrapers or gum massagers, with rubber handles or an electric rotating brush head. As long as you use it at least twice a day, it doesn’t really matter which one you choose.

Going to the dentist has also changed dramatically over the years, but that’s another blog for another time. For right now just take comfort in the fact that modern dentists like Dr. Jue offer you the safest, most comfortable dental treatments available today.

Need to schedule an appointment? Contact our Sugar Land office today at (281) 549-5177.