The first toothbrush with bristles was manufactured in China in 1498. Bristles from hogs, horses and badgers were used. The first commercial toothbrush was made in 1938. When shopping for a toothbrush there are a few things to consider. Electric toothbrushes are generally more efficient than a manual brush. Electric toothbrushes can produce more brush strokes per minute and can remove more bacteria in a shorter period of time.
However, not everyone likes the “feel” of an electric toothbrush. If you are fan of manual toothbrushes, please make sure they are soft or extra soft bristles. It is much easier to replace your toothbrush than to repair the damage a medium or a hard bristle toothbrush can cause. Be sure to visit your dentist and hygienist for the latest in toothbrushes. Luckily, toothbrushes manufactures stopped using bristles from animals for the toothbrushes we use today.