The Ancient Egyptians invented the toothbrush and toothpaste.

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Toothpaste on a Brush
Image credit: Thegreenj/GFDL.

 

Toothpaste on a Brush
Image credit: Thegreenj/GFDL.

The Ancient Egyptians used the frayed ends of wooden twigs for toothbrushes – ouch! – and a mixture of burnt eggshells, ashes, powdered ox hooves and mint as toothpaste.

 

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