Teeth’s Lesser-Known History Facts & Truths

By Clete Campbell,

Close up of teeth

A Quick History Lesson

  • 3,000 B.C.: Hesi-Re, the world’s earliest known dentist, sets up shop in Egypt. He hands out crude toothbrushes made from twigs and leaves.
  • 500 B.C.: Ancient Greeks develop one of the world’s first toothpastes, creating a mixture that contained iron rush and coral powder to clean their teeth. In China, early dentists mix soot, honey, crushed egg shells and ground ox’s hooves to deliver Asia’s first tooth cleaning paste.
  • 1,000 A.D.: A majority of people believe tooth pain is caused by tiny tooth worms instead of cavities.
  • 1498: Chinese dentists develop the world’s first bristle toothbrush by attaching coarse boar hairs to handles made of bamboo or bone.
  • 1945: A majority of Americans begin brushing their teeth daily.

Dental care and knowledge has come a long, long way over the last 5,000 years. Today, Americans are spending on average 38.5 total days of their lives brushing their teeth, a time investment that can lead to a lifetime of strong oral health. Nearly all Americans know the immense benefits of teeth brushing, but do you know these lesser known facts about teeth?

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