At Babylonia in 3500 BC , ancestor of toothbrush , chewstick ( a stick for cleaning teeth) , was used as teeth cleaning twig .Teeth cleaning twigs obtained from a variety of tree species like Salvadora persica ,Sassafras,Gumtree,Tea Tree
,Neem , this twigs used sticks that were smashed at one end to create abrushing surface.
Toothpaste was used as long ago as 500 BC in China,Rome, and India. Ancient toothpastes included ingredients such as soot, honey, crushed egg shells,and ground ox’s hooves. The world’s oldest recipe for toothpaste is from Egypt in 400 AD. The formula included mint, salt, grains of pepper and dried iris flower.
1498 in China ,The bristle toothbrush was invented. The bristles were made of the stiff hairs from the back
of a pig’s neck. Pig’s hair was used in toothbrushes until 1938, when nylon bristles were introduced.
in 1780 , mass production of the toothbrush started by the William Addis at England.making of the toothbrush idea he got at jail. when he caught for causing riots .in jail he found little painful to clean teeth and he started to explore things surrounding him to find a good way to clean the teeth . he used bone left over from the meal he had eaten the previous night, into which he drilled small holes.He then obtained some bristles from one of his guards, which he tied in tufts that he then passed through the holes in the bone, and which he finally sealed with glue.and this idea works and it was very less painful and effective to clean the teeth. after releasing form jail. he started to manufacture toothbrush and idea worked at mass level as well and soon he become very rich.
The first patent for a toothbrush was granted to H. N. Wadsworth in 1857 at US.
One of the first recorded dentists in the America was John Baker, who settled in Boston in 1763.