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"A photo from 1899 showing the use of a toothbrush." It might be for a toothbrush but look at her waist! #FrandsendDental

East 14th Street looking towards Fifth Avenue, March 13, 1888, after the blizzard. William E. Light Collection of New York City Historical Society

Silk and damask dress, circa 1884. The donor’s mother wore this Paris-made dress for her wedding. Via Charleston Museum, flickr.

The earliest identified use of the word toothbrush in English was in the autobiography of Anthony Wood, who wrote in 1690 that he had bought a toothbrush from J. Barret. Travelers brought toothbrushes back from China where they had been used for centuries. People chewed cinnamon, cloves, honey, orange peel and other substances to sweeten the breath. #FrandsendDental

The History of the Toothbrush Have you ever wondered where the toothbrush came from or who invented it? While the origins of the toothbrush, is probably not something which you sit around pondering about on a daily basis, all things must have a beginning and the toothbrush is no exception. As a matter of fact, the toothbrush has an interesting history which goes all the way back to about 3,500 B.C. #FrandsendDental