Tooth Care Timeline

  • 3000 B.C. --The first toothbrush, a small stick with frayed ends, is used by ancient Egyptians
  • 248--Appolonia, the patron saint of dentists, was burned at the stake after having her teeth knocked out.
  • 1885--Toothbrushes are mass produced for the first time.
  • 1896--Colgage introduces toothpaste in a squeezable tube, replacing glass jars.
  • 1938--Nylon bristles are introduced
  • 1950--A California peridontist creates the Oral-B brand and patents its first toothbrush, the Oral-B 60.
  • 1955--Procter & Gamble introduces Crest, the first fluoridated toothpaste.
  • 1960--The American Dental Association recognizes Crest as the first toothpaste to effectively prevent tooth decay
  • 1960--The first electric toothbrush, a Swiss model, is introduced in the United States.
  • 1969--Oral-B toothbrushes are used on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Crest is the first toothpaste used on all shuttle flights.
  • 1981--The first toothbrush with an angled head is introduced in the United States.
  • 1983--The original Radius toothbrush makes its debut.
  • 1984--The birth of the modern children's oral health market occurs with the appearance of Star Wars toothbrushes.
  • 1984--The pump trumps the tube as the popular dispenser of toothpaste.
  • 1986--The first character-driven toothpaste is introduced, featuring the Muppets.
  • 1991--The Oral-B Indicator introduces bristles whose color fades with use, signalling the consumer when to get a new toothbrush.
  • 2000--Battery powered toothbrushes hit the marketplace, driving down the prices of power toothbrushes considerable.
  • 2001--The Oral-B Indicator, one of the best selling toothbrushes on the market, gets a makeover.

All information provided by the Academy of General Dentistry.