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Toothbrush's Past Life, Do You Know?
Sep 21, 2018

The birth of Mr. toothbrush

1, the budding period (before 1840) long ago, people around the world have a habit of protecting teeth and loving beauty. However, due to the technical constraints of the time, people still do not use the modern meaning of toothbrush. As a result, people around the world have found similar toothbrush alternatives in the natural world.

Alternative 1: tooth stick. In 3000 B.C., the Urumite king of the Sumerians used the first toothbrushing tool, a toothbrushing stick, for two weeks.

Alternative 2: fingers. In the Dunhuang frescoes of the Tang Dynasty of China, "the sacred pictures of the forks of Laudu", they are painted A monk squatted on the ground with a mouthwash bottle in his left hand and wiped his front teeth with his right fingers.

Alternative 3: Poplar Branch. Indians used to brush their teeth with poplar branches, so poplar branches are also called "wooden teeth." Later this method was introduced into China, the ancient medical book "Outdoor Secrets" said, with poplar branches will be a soft bite, dipped in medicine wipe teeth, can make the teeth "fragrant and clean."


Photo above: Yang Zhi and "finger wiping" legend that the world's first toothbrush was invented in 1498 by Emperor Mingxiaozong Zhu Youzao by inserting short and hard bristles into a bone handle. But in fact, before the Ming Dynasty, China had a lot of toothbrushes similar to tooth cleaning.


Photo above: the Tang Dynasty toothbrush in the Museum of Chinese toothbrushes, made of bristles, is different from the ancient wisdom of China.

In distant Europe, the first toothbrush was born in 1780 or so. One morning in 1780, an English prisoner, William Adith, washed his face and wiped his teeth with a small piece of cloth. Because the cloth was inefficient and unclean, he suddenly came up with the idea of an improved toothbrushing tool: drill some holes in a bone, ask the guards for some hard bristles, cut them off, tie them into small clusters, and apply glue. Embedded in a small hole in a bone.-so, in Europe's first modern sense, The toothbrush was born.

2, Development period (1840-1945) after British Artis invented toothbrush, by 1840, toothbrush officially arrived in America. After decades of development, by the end of the 19th century, Massachusetts's Florence Manufacturing Company had mass-produced cheap toothbrushes through improved technology, transforming the United States from a toothbrush importer into a toothbrush manufacturer. Began to participate in toothbrush products in the international market competition.

In 1938, with the development of the plastic industry, DuPont invented nylon in the laboratory, and began to replace pig hair and horse tail with nylon silk, and produced solid, regular fine. Brush head. Since then, toothbrush production efficiency has increased hundreds of times, and toothbrush prices have fallen to acceptable levels for most people. World War II, which broke out in 1939, played a vital role in the popularity of toothbrushes, and figure 1 shows that the word "toothbrush" reached a peak in that period. At that time, the U.S. government ordered soldiers to brush their teeth every day, and when they returned home, they brought them back to other parts of the country. At the same time, the United States advertising industry vigorously promote toothbrush advertising services. Movie stars become spokesmen for toothbrushes. Soldiers and stars take the lead in brushing their teeth and brushing their teeth. The popularity of oral hygiene and the vigorous development of toothbrushing habits in the Western world.


Photo above: In Brooklyn, New York, in 1942, a little girl was brushing her teeth.

There is a high correlation between word frequency trends of brush. On this basis, we infer that the word frequency of toothbrush during this period. The decline in 2007 may have been due to the decline in the frequency of toothbrush moustache."toothbrush moustache" is a moustache style, originated in the United States, because of the shape of toothbrush-like toothbrush.In1914, Chaplin appeared in his silent comedy as "toothbrush moustache" image, so the "toothbrush moustache" style became popular in the United States. Later, it spread to Germany and became so popular during the war that even Hitler left it.


Photo above: "toothbrush moustache" is a classic symbol of Chaplin's screen image after World War II. Due to the defeat of Germany, it is easy to think of Hitler's image, so the beard is no longer popular. The word "toothbrush" was also rapidly reduced in publications at the time.

4,since the mature period (1960-present), with the progress of science and technology and the development of medical career, people's health awareness and health care concept have been gradually strengthened, and toothbrush has gradually developed from a single function to a variety of directions. Electric toothbrushes, sonic toothbrushes, electric ion toothbrushes have appeared in the market. Of the same type. In 1960, Squibb Pharmaceuticals launched the world's first electric toothbrush, the Broxodent, at the centenary of the American Dental Association. Since then, the electric toothbrush has been mass-produced on the market. And the appearance of new product also pulled "toothbrush" word frequency curve rise again.


Figure above: the world's first electric toothbrush-"Broxodent"


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