Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ming Dynasty Invention: The Bristle Toothbrush

Ming Dynasty Invention
The bristle toothbrush was invented in China during the Ming dynasty. It was thought of in 1498 C.E. and is still being used. It was an important invention of the time period because it was a good way to keep your teeth clean. The invention would take off most of the bacteria that is on your teeth so they stay healthy and do not get cavities. The toothbrushes were made out of stiff, coarse hairs taken from the back of a hog's neck and attached to handles made of bone or bamboo.
The bristle toothbrush was created by Ao Ailong people and first used to clean. It can be used to clean other things like dirt off shoes or dishes. Before the bristle toothbrush was invented, people still used brushes but they did not have the hairs on them on them. Those were not as effective as the ones created by the Chinese. The people before 1498 could also have used their hands to take out chunks of food that were stuck in between their teeth.
The bristle toothbrush has really changed people’s lives in many ways. For example, they had less problems with their teeth. They would live better lives because their teeth would no hurt and bother them. Also, the bristle toothbrush changed peoples lives today. If they had not come up with the idea of making the toothbrush, then we would not have the brushes he have today.

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