An Intriguing Chapter in Toothbrush History

Were you aware that one early form of the toothbrush may have been invented in a prison? The creator was called William Addis, and here is his story.

Addis lived in England. Around the year 1770, he was thrown into prison for starting a riot. While there, he watched his fellow inmates as they cleaned their teeth. They would often take rags and apply some salt or even soot to them, and then they would rub the rags on their teeth. Watching these cleaning routines inspired Addis to create a more effective tool.

He took an animal bone, which he got from one of his meals, so he could use it as a handle. Somehow, he talked one of the guards into giving him bristles, which make up the actual brush part of toothbrushes. He drilled holes into the bone, and then glued the bristles into those holes.

Once he was released, he started a business to build more of his toothbrushes and market them. That little toothbrush served him and his business quite well apparently because that company is still in operation today.

This toothbrush was the first to be mass produced. Techniques and materials have changed and improved since Addis’ time, but he helped us get to where we are today.

If you would like to learn more about caring for your teeth or feel you could use a dental checkup, our team at Gill Family Dentistry in Modesto, California, is at your service. Our dentist, Dr. Amandeep Gill, is happy to help you manage the health of your smile. Just call (209) 549-1721 to let us know if you need anything. Thank you for visiting with us today!

Protecting and Reinserting Knocked Out Teeth

In the event that one or more of your teeth gets knocked out of their sockets, there are some things you can do to preserve the tooth so the dentist can put it back in time.

The first thing to do is to pick the tooth up by the crown, the top part of the tooth and what you normally see when you look inside your mouth. Picking it up by the roots is not a good idea, so try not to do that. Next, gently wipe it to get rid off any dirt that may be on it.

From here, you have a few options. You can place in your mouth, because your saliva can keep it moist and alive. You can try to insert it back into its socket, but if that causes too much discomfort, you may instead carry it between your cheek and your teeth.

If neither option works for you, cold milk can be used instead. Just be sure that whatever decision you make is quick. Your tooth will not last for long.

You need to get to the dentist within 15 to 30 minutes. If you get late or if the wait will be long, the dentist may be able to immerse the tooth in a special solution. This solution may keep the tooth alive for longer than saliva or milk.

Once you make it to our office, Dr. Amandeep S Gill can work to get your teeth back in order. If you have need of our help, for both emergencies and non-emergencies, call us at (209) 549-1721.