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Fun Facts About Oral Hygiene from Your Kelowna Family Dentists


Ever wonder what the first toothbrush was made of, or who invented flossing? Our oral hygiene history is actually incredibly fascinating. The Kelowna dentists at Okanagan Smiles wanted to share some of the most interesting and fun facts about oral hygiene with you.

Top fun facts about our oral health and history:

  • The first toothbrush with bristles came from China. The Chinese began making toothbrushes using bristles from hogs, horses and badgers in 1498. The toothbrushes you can get from your dental clinic today are much lighter and cleaner-looking!
  • Brush away from the bowl. The airborne particles that rise when you flush the toilet can travel up to six feet, so brush your teeth from a distance.
  • Out with the cold, in with a new toothbrush. After you’ve had the flu, a cold or any viral infection, you should replace your brush so the microbe-infested bristles can’t cause a re-infection.
  • Your teeth are as unique as your fingerprints. Did you know that no two people have the same set of teeth, not even twins? You even have a unique tongue print!
  • Blue is the most popular toothbrush colour. Brushers prefer blue, followed closely by red.
  • Dental floss was first made of silk, and was invented in 1815 by a dentist in New Orleans. Anthropologists have found dental floss-like substances in the mouths of American Indians and pre-humans.
  • How do you choose to chew? Probably according to the hand you use. You might be surprised when your Kelowna dentist tells you most right-handed people chew food on their right side, while left-handed people chew food on their left side. The next time you’re eating, see which side of the mouth you favour.

Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!

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