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October 11, 2002 - Image 63

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-10-11

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Ask The Orthodontist

Toothbrush and Toothpaste Historical Trivia

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Joshua Reuben Cohen, son of Barbara
and Stan Cohen, will celebrate his bar
mitzvah on
Saturday, Oct. 12,
at Congregation
Beth Ahm. His sis-
ter, Amanda, will
participate in the
joyous occasion.
Joshua is the grand-
son of Goldie and
Samuel Feinberg,
the late Rabbi
Herbert Eskin and the late Nathan
and June Cohen.
Josh is an honor student at Hillel
Day School of Metropolitan Detroit
in Farmington Hills. He enjoys snow-
boarding, working on the computer
and playing video games. Joshua and
his family celebrated his bar mitzvah
in Jerusalem this past August; while
vacationing in Eilat, he became a certi-
fiedscuba diver. For his mitzvah proj-
ect, Josh volunteered at a JARC group
home and especially enjoyed helping
the elderly at Fleischman Residence in
West Bloomfield.

Ilan Friedman will be called to the
Torah on the occasion of his bar mitz-
vah -at Temple Israel
on Saturday, Oct.
12. He is the son of
Debbie and Shalom
Friedman and
brother of Avi and
Raphi. His proud
grandparents are
Shirley and Carl
Schram and Esther
and Jeremiah
Friedman of Atlit, Israel.
Ilan attends Walnut Creek Middle
-School in Walled Lake. He likes to
sing, play tennis, soccer and the bass
guitar. His most meaningful mitzvah
project was working at the temple's
Labor Day picnic.

Erin Leigh Goldman will read from
the Torah on the occasion of her bat
mitzvah on
Saturday, Oct. 12,
at Temple Israel.
Her parents are
Anne and Lyle
Goldman and she
is the sister of
Adam and Seth.
Sharing the sim-
chah will be grand-
parents Florence
and Philip Goldman and Mary and

Joseph Feibusch.
Erin attends Walled Lake Middle
School. She enjoys tennis, softball,
volleyball, horseback riding and the
computer. Especially meaningful to
her as part of her mitzvah project was
purchasing school supplies to be used
as centerpieces at her bat mitzvah cele-
bration and then donated to an ele-
mentary school in Detroit.

Scott Andrew Gorman was called to
the Torah as a bar mitzvah on
Saturday, Oct. 5, at Congregation
Beth Ahm. He is
the son of Nancy
and Joe Gorman
and brother of
Michael. Excited
grandmothers are
Rose Selik and
Charlotte Gorman.
He is also the
grandson of the late
Burton Selik and
the late Seymour Gorman.
Scott is an eighth-grade student at
Orchard Lake Middle School in West
Bloomfield. He enjoys computers,
video games and in-line skating. His
mitzvah project involved aiding chil-
dren with special needs.

Daniel Henry Herman, son- of Cathy
and Gregg Herman, will celebrate his
bar mitzvah on
Saturday, Oct. 12,
at Temple Israel.
He is the brother of
Emily and Jeffrey
and the grandson
of Phyllis and
Lawrence Agree
and Arlene and
Morton Herman.
Attending Abbott
Middle School in West Bloomfield,
where he is an honor student, Daniel
is interested in football and baseball,
ice hockey, skiing and camp. He felt it
very meaningful to volunteer at the
Holocaust Memorial Center in West
Bloomfield and at a JARC home as
part of his mitzvah projects.

Brandori Isaac Jacobs will celebrate
his bar mitzvah at Temple Israel on
Friday, Oct. 11. He
is the son of Linda
and Mark Jacobs
and brother of
Scott. His very
proud grandparents
are Mitzi Jacobs,
Harriet and Alex
Roth and Lillian
Jacobs White. He is

Toothpaste was used as long ago as 500 BC in China. Modern
toothpastes were developed in the 1800s. Dr. Peabody suggest-
ed adding soap to tooth cleaners in 1824. John Harris first
added chalk to toothpaste in the 1850s. In 1873, Colgate mass-
produced nice smelling toothpaste in a jar. 1892, Dr. Sheffield of
Connecticut was the first to put toothpaste in a collapsible tube,
called Dr. Sheffield's Creme Dentifice. Advancements in syn-
thetic detergents (after WWII) replaced soap in toothpaste
with emulsifying agents. Colgate research resulted in the use Nelson Hersh
of fluoride. Fluoride was added to toothpaste in 1956 when
Licensed Specialist
Proctor & Gamble launched its Crest product.

The ancient Chinese invented natural bristle brushes. The bristles were taken from
hogs, and later from horses and badgers. Dupont introduced nylon bristles in 1938.
French dentists promoted toothbrush use in the late seventeenth century. The first
toothbrush mass-produced was made by William Addis of England. The first
American to patent a toothbrush was H.N Wadsworth. Companies began to mass
produce toothbrushes in America around 1885. The pro-phy-lac-tic brush made by
the Florence Manufacturing Company of Massachusetts is a good example of an
early American made toothbrush. The first Nylon Bristle brushes were introduced
in 1938. Hard to believe, but most Americans didn't brush their teeth until soldiers
brought the Army's enforced habit back home from World War II. The first real
Electric toothbrush was produced in 1939, developed in Switzerland. Squibb first
marketed the electrical toothbrush in the United States in 1960 under the Name
Broxodent. General Electric introduced a rechargeable cordless toothbrush in 1961.
Interplak was the first rotary action electrical toothbrush for home use, introduced
in 1987.

You may reach Dr. Hersh for any questions regarding this or his specialty in
Orthodontics at his office on the Border of West Bloomfield/Commerce
Township, (248) 360-7700.

Nelson (Nick) Hersh

Licensed Specialist









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