Toothbrushes with ivoride handles, c 1870-1920.

Image number: 10292791

Toothbrushes with ivoride handles, c 1870-1920.

Two horsehair toothbrushes with ivoride handles produced by Savory and Moore in London. The Chinese are credited with inventing the use of toothbrushes and toothpastes, although the ancient Egyptians used branches with frayed ends to clean their teeth. In the West, the use of toothbrushes began to be promoted by French dentists in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

Image number:
10292791
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:49
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Science Museum