In India, a utensil for tooth cleaning was first mentioned in writing in the fourth century. The famous ancient Indian collection of medical knowledge, the "Susruta", speaks of fibrously chewed twigs - they were used together with a mixture of honey, oil and spices.
The Prophet Mohammend (570-632) was probably one of the first convinced teeth users. He carved small wooden sticks of roots to remove food particles from his teeth - such a "miswāk" or "siwāk" is still used today in the Arab world. The first toothbrush according to current understanding was probably made in China and found in 1498 written mention. First, it was brush-shaped, about a century later, the first plate-shaped bristle carrier - as it is still common today - documented in a Chinese encyclopedia.
In Germany, the toothbrush was first mentioned in 1749 in the "Universal Lexicon of all Sciences and Arts". As a special luxury article it was reserved at the time of the great kings only rich aristocratic or Hanseatic families. At the end of the 18th century, her real "career" began in German lands: a Munich brush maker submitted a request for the exercise of "Zahnbürstlmachung" from bone and drafted goat and horse hair.
In 1906 brushing was introduced as a subject at English schools; Since 1909 there were toothbrush clubs among English students - through large purchases it was possible to buy toothbrushes at a price of around 18 pfennigs, which were then given to interested club members for 20 pfennigs. Since about 1950, the first toothbrushes have been developed that meet our current requirements, with soft nylon bristles.