Interesting Facts About Your Toothbrush

While we’ve all heard about how important brushing and taking care of our teeth is, most of us know so little about the little instrument we use to do so – the toothbrush.

For starters, did you know that the toothbrush wasn’t invented by a dentist, nor a medical professional, but rather an entrepreneur who was also an inmate who came up with it out of boredom. Who knew, right?

Now, if you think that’s interesting, wait till you read about these other interesting facts about your little ol’ toothbrush.

  • It’s been shown that the average American will have spent more than a thousand hours, or a day or two north of 38 days brushing their teeth by the time they die. While a surprising number, dentists believe that the average number is a couple of days short as it should be around 122 days.


  • Speaking of time spent brushing teeth, the average person usually spends 48 seconds a day brushing their teeth. That’s more than a minute short of the 2 or 3 minutes that dentists recommend.


  • Back in the 1800s, toothbrush bristles were made from the hair of cows. That’s a far cry from the nylon bristles used in toothbrush bristles today.


  • On average, the typical toothbrush will contain around 2,500 bristles.


  • Placing a cap on your toothbrush is actually counterintuitive. This is because the moist environment created by placing a cap promotes the growth of bacteria.


  • The first toothbrush can be traced back either to 1498 or in 1780. Though, most experts believe that the first toothbrush with bristles made in China in 1948 using hair from various animals such as hogs, horses and badgers was far too primitive to be considered as a modern. Hence, many agree that the toothbrush made in 1780, by a guy named William Addis due to his boredom in prison, using a bone and bristles from a stationed guard is widely considered as the first modern toothbrush. The fact that Addis eventually made a fortune mass producing his invention further proves that statement.


  • In America alone, Americans are believed to throw away 25,000 tons of toothbrushes every year. This has led manufacturers to try and minimize the waste by selling toothbrushes made out of recyclable plastic. Other manufacturers have also begun to manufacture toothbrushes with replaceable heads, so only the bristles are thrown away when the time comes.


  • Despite how “little” time people devote to brushing their teeth when you go by what’s recommended, a survey back in 2003 showed that the toothbrush was the #1 thing people couldn’t live without. Though, with the advent of smartphones and the fact that more people these days own or use a smartphone than they do a toothbrush, the 2003 survey could use a little updating.

Now that you’re so great with all these facts about your toothbrush, why don’t you go out and share these with your friends and family?

Of course, in line with tooth brush, you shouldn’t forget to brush your teeth twice a day, floss at least once and gargle with mouthwash to prevent bacteria and plaque build-up. Also, make sure that you don’t forget to schedule a regular check-up and cleaning with your favourite dentist!

If you would like to schedule a teeth cleaning or checkup, contact Bartz and Bartz Dental at 708-430-4440 or visit our website at to learn more about Bartz and Bartz Dental and our team.