Today’s daily prompt word is a tough one. Not much can be written about a toothbrush. Depending on which article you google about toothbrushes they are a very old instrument dating back to 3500-3000 BC.
I am so glad that we have come a long way on the subject of toothbrush designs too. Fraying the end of a twig was how the first toothbrushes were made. I’m sure that there would be a lot more people without teeth today if we were still having to go outside and pick a twig and fray the end to brush our teeth.
Not to mention anything about early toothpaste but I am glad we have advanced in this area as well:
Ancient toothpastes were used to treat some of the same concerns that we have today – keeping teeth and gums clean, whitening teeth and freshening breath. The ingredients of ancient toothpastes were however very different and varied. Ingredients used included a powder of ox hooves’, ashes and burnt eggshells that was combined with pumice. The Greeks and Romans favored more abrasiveness and their toothpaste ingredients included crushed bones and oyster shells. The Romans added more flavoring to help with bad breath, as well as powdered charcoal and bark. The Chinese used a wide variety of substances in toothpastes over time that have included ginseng, herbal mints and salt. source