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The First Toothbrush

Did you know that the first toothbrushes may have been African chewing sticks ? These sticks were actually tree twigs which natives flattened and then chewed on. This action mechanically cleaned teeth while natural oils from the twigs chemically attacked cavity causing bacteria in the mouth.

The first modern toothbrushes were Chinese inventions composed of hog hair bristles or horse mane bristles embedded into ivory handles.

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