At what point in history did people start brushing their teeth?
Evidence of rudimentary toothbrushes have been found in regions of Egypt dating back to as early as 3000 BC and others in Rome and Greece dating throughout antiquity. During these periods, toothbrushes were often just small frayed twigs used to get into more difficult spots in mouth. The modern form of the toothbrush was not invented until the 18th century when a lamb’s bone was bored with a number of holes and boar hairs were weaved through. Toothbrushes did not become immediately popular, however, and it would not be until the 20th century that it would become widespread throughout the Western world.