What ? A Geisha with a toothbrush way back in the Meiji and Taisho eras ? NO WAY !
READ THE FOLLOWING VERY CAREFULLY
"..........The first true bristled toothbrush originated in CHINA at around 1600 AD. At around 1780, the first [European] toothbrush was made by William Addis of Clerkenald, England......The natural bristles were obtained from the necks and shoulders of swine, especially from pigs living in colder climates like Siberia and CHINA.
By the early 1800s the bristled brushes were in general use in Europe AND JAPAN...."
According to some websites like the one just above, MOST AMERICANS DIDN'T BRUSH THEIR TEETH until soldiers brought the Army's enforced habit back home with them after World War II......."
Yes, a couple of American's DID patent their hand-made toothbrush ideas in the 1840s and 50s, but the same websites imply that their fellow citizens thought it was a STUPID IDEA, and it never caught on until the 1940s, when it was FORCED on the guys with rotting teeth and bad breath in the fox holes of WW2.
On the other hand, how do you explain the old pre-WW2 (1900-1930) national magazine ads for TOOTH PASTE in the USA that claim MILLIONS of customers all keeping their teeth bright and clean with regular brushing ? False Advertising ? AND....they recently dug up a bone tooth brush handle from George Washington's early 1700s boyhood home.
COLGATE says that Flouride Toothpaste was introduced in 1914. Another site says it was the 1960s. Who's right ?
Another site has FRANCE as the pioneer, promoting tooth-brushing to all of Europe.
And see COMMENT # 4 below.
GO CHINA ! GO JAPAN ! GO ENGLAND ! GO FRANCE ! GO EUROPE ! And.......
GO America ???
Originally coming from the USA, I now wonder what REALLY happened, and if Americans in general really dissed the tooth-brush until WW2 ?
As for me, I brush my teeth at last once a month, whether I need to or not ! ;-)