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In 1886, the first mass-produced toothbrushes had only been on the market for one year (as they began production in 1885), and were still bone and boar-bristle brushes made of animal fiber. Since boar bristles tended to fall out and there was generally one brush per family, the everyday use of toothbrushes wasn’t a common part of the morning toilette. However, with synthetic fibers developed in 1938 and soldiers required to brush twice daily in in WWII, the habit of brushing ones teeth before going to bed and after waking up came home to stay. By the time the Second World War was over, brushing the teeth from childhood onwards was seen as an essential and basic aspect of dental hygiene.
Prospectus of the Canfield Competitive Art Needle-Work Exhibit. 1886.
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