From the time we get our first teeth we have all been taught that brushing our teeth is very important. Brushing our teeth not only keeps our mouth clean, but it also prevents the buildup of plaque and tartar. This can cause problems such as tooth cavities and gingivitis (gum disease). Although a manual toothbrush is very effective for cleaning your teeth when used correctly, there are certain situations where an electric toothbrush is highly beneficial. If you have ever wondered who invented this useful device, read on to find the answer.
Who invented the electric toothbrush?
The first electric toothbrush was invented by Dr. Philippe-Guy Woog in 1954. It was called the Broxodent and it was invented specifically for people who had trouble using a manual toothbrush. It was powered by mains power, which made its slim and easy to handle. The first electric toothbrush to use rechargeable batteries was invented by General Electric in 1960 and it was known as the automatic toothbrush. It was very bulky and the NiCad battery didn’t always make it through a complete teeth brushing. Fortunately, electric toothbrushes have come a long way since this time and today we have compact rechargeable models that are effective and easy to use.
There have been many studies completed on the effectiveness of electric toothbrushes when compared with the standard method. Although many conclusions have been drawn from these studies, it is safe to say that an electric toothbrush is at least as efficient as a manual toothbrush; when both are used correctly.