5 curiosidades sobre la higiene bucal

5 curiosities about oral hygiene

This week we want to talk about little-known curiosities that cover our world of oral hygiene.
  1. The toothbrush was invented a long time ago: Ancient Egyptians already used wooden sticks with frayed ends to clean their teeth more than 5,000 years ago. However, the first modern toothbrush as we know it today was created in the 15th century in China, with bristles made from pig hair.

  2. Saliva plays an important role in oral hygiene: Saliva not only helps in the digestion process, but it also has antimicrobial properties that help fight bacteria in the mouth. Additionally, saliva helps neutralize acids that can damage tooth enamel.

  3. Tooth brushing was not always a common practice: Before the 20th century, regular tooth brushing was not a common practice in many parts of the world. However, the mass marketing of toothbrushes and toothpastes in the 20th century has led to an increased focus on oral hygiene.

  4. Flossing is older than you think: Using dental floss or something similar to clean between teeth dates back to ancient Mesoamerican civilization. The Mayans used thin wood fibers or animal hair as dental floss to remove food debris from between the teeth.

  5. Oral hygiene is related to general health: Oral health is closely related to the general health of the body. Lack of proper oral hygiene can contribute to problems such as gum disease, tooth decay, and even heart disease. Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to preserve oral and general health.

Remember that maintaining good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist, is crucial to maintaining a healthy mouth and preventing dental problems.

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