Tekniska Museet
100 Innovations - Tekniska museet

An exhibition at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, 2012 – 2018

The toothbrush

The toothbrush

Ingress för att beskriva innovationen

The toothbrush

Cast plastic handles for the manufacture of ”TePe” toothbrushes at Munhygienprodukter AB in Malmö, Sweden. Photo: Anna Gerdén.

The toothbrush

One of the steps in the manufacture of ”TePe” toothbrushes, Photo: Anna Gerdén.

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Rubrik för små genier

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The toothbrush

There is a shrub in Africa and Asia called the toothbrush tree because its twigs are used as toothbrushes. More than 500 years ago merchants brought toothbrushes from China. At the time they were used by the upper classes who ate too much sugar and had bad teeth.

In the 1900s the toothbrush became cheaper and was used more and more. The first toothbrush with nylon bristles began to be sold in 1938. The electric toothbrush was invented in Switzerland in 1954. Today toothbrushes exist in all colours and shapes At the Science Museum in London there is a silver toothbrush with horsehair bristles which is presumed to have belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte. He was said to have brushed his teeth with sand and opium.

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