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The first people to use a toothbrush were the

Hindus of India who used the end of a fresh

twig, which was frayed into fibers, in 4000

B.C. The Babylonians in 3500 B.C. called

their toothbrush a “chewing stick.”

A toothbrush made of hog bristles was used

in China in 1600. In 1780, William Addis

of England invented a brush used to clean

teeth. The handle was made from cattle

bone and the bristles were from swine.