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Toothbrush and Toothpaste Historical Trivia
Toothpaste was used as long ago as 500 BC in China.
Modern toothpastes were developed in the 1800s. Dr.
Peabody suggested 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. In 1892, Dr. Sheffield of Connecticut was the
first to put toothpaste into a collapsible tube, called Dr.
Sheffield's Crème Dentifrice. Advancements in synthetic
detergents (after WW II) replaced the soap in toothpaste
with emulsifying agents. Colgate research resulted in the
use of fluoride. Fluoride was added to toothpaste in 1956
when Proctor & Gamble launched its Crest product.
The ancient Chinese invented natural bristle brushes. The bristles were taken
from hogs, and later 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.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Hersh at
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Nelson (Nick) Hersh
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and Jeff Emmer
of Cincinnati, lov-
ingly announce the
birth of their son,
parents are Bob
and Jan Emmer of Farmington Hills
(first-time grandparents) and Lyle
and Marlene Vidergar of Commerce
Township (fourth-time grandparents).
A loving welcome was extended from
great-grandmother Bernice Berger
("GG Bern"). Noah Grayson is named
in loving memory of Kim's grandfa-
thers and Jeff's great-grandfather.
Ga., are thrilled
to announce the
arrival of their
in their joy are big brother Joshua
David, 3 1/2; grandparents Dr. Paul and
Sandra (Lutren) Seltzer of Palm Beach
Gardens, Fla., formerly of Southfield,
Arleen Renfer of Plantation, Ga., Allen
Seltzer of Clearwater, Fla.; and great-
grandparents Jean Lutren of Novi, Bea
Seltzer of Boynton Beach, Fla., and
Ruth Rosenthal of Lauderhill, Fla.
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Sara Maier and David Cohen of
Beaverton, Ore., lovingly announce
the birth of their daughter, Leora
Samantha Jeanette Cohen. Louise
Goldstein and Bruce Thomadsen of
Madison, Wis., happily welcomed their
first granddaughter. She is the great-
granddaughter of Ethel Goldstein
of Farmington Hills and Isadore
Goldstein of West Bloomfield. Leora
is named in memory of her maternal
great-aunt Jeanette Goldstein Eisner.
• Congregation Or Chadash of Oak
Park/Huntington Woods — Samuel
Subia, son of Michael and Alice Subia
are thrilled to
birth of their
Riley. Sharing in their happiness are
ecstatic grandparents Tara and Mark
Applebaum of Highland and Anna
and Yianni Triantafyllidis of Athens,
Greece. Proud great-grandmother is
Louise Applebaum of Farmington
Hills. Sofia is named in loving memo-
ry of her maternal great-grandfather
Selik Applebaum and paternal great-
grandmother Sofia Triantafyllidis.
avid and Cheryl Torf Ceifetz of
Farmington Hills are delighted
to announce the engagement
of their daughter Marla Suzanne to Mark
Aaron Bergrin, son of Irving and Audrey
Bergrin of Orange Village, Ohio.
Marla is a graduate of the University of
Michigan Ross School of Business; she is an
assistant vice president in the commercial
real estate division at Wells Fargo Bank in
Mark graduated from the Ohio State
University School of Engineering and is
employed as a mechanical engineer with
Summit Industries in Chicago.
An October wedding is planned in Michigan.