before toothbrushes and toothpaste were invented, how did people brush their teeth?
or did they bother?
Answer by cinnea
Some used makeshift toothbrushes, some did not. Many cultural used certain kinds of wood to chew on to clean their teeth. It was largely cultural, and somewhat based on economic class. Read the history section on Wikipedia. It’s really interesting!
Answer by Jack
I believe people used rags as toothbrushes and toothpaste was simply salt (about 70 yers ago). But before that, people used things such as honey as toothpaste (but thats going way back) and powdered mice ( even longer ago). Sometimes, people would chew sticks or herbs (still used in some parts of the world) instead of using brushes.
Answer by poornakumar b
In India it has always been the twigs of some trees (Neem or ‘Margosa’ is the favourite, still) with end crushed under the teeth to form a brush. It is partly returning now with some people discovering virtues of age-old Ayurvedic system of medicine. Where the ‘tall’ palms abound with palm-like huge leaves (reaching up to four feet across), its bits of dried brittle leaves like a stiiff paper, are used as ‘tongue-cleaners’ now replaced by plastic ones in the market place.
- what did people eat that cleaned their teeth before toothbrushes
- what did people use for toothpaste back then
- what was used when there were no brushes