History of Toothbrush

Posted by Flipper Museum On April - 1 - 2010Comments Off on History of Toothbrush

Toothbrushes are now commonplace in our daily routines. In fact, many of us have taken it for granted – but did you know that toothbrushes have a long history dating all the way back to 3500BC? Let’s have a look at how toothbrushes have evolved:

Early Toothbrush – Chewing Stick

The earliest toothbrushes were primitive. From around 3500BC, the Egyptians and Babylonians began to chew on sticks so that the wood fiber would form a brush that they could use to clean their teeth. This form of toothbrush is also the direct ancestor of the Miswak toothbrush (essentially a twig off the Salvadora persica tree) that is still popular in some Muslim communities today as it is endowed with natur

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First Bristled Toothbrush

Europeans, on the other hand, coped by dipping cloth or sponges in oils and salt solutions to rub and clean their teeth. By the late 15th century, the Chinese had their versions of toothbrushes as they plucked hairs from Siberian wild boars and pasted them onto animal bones or bamboo sticks. Eventually, Englishman William Addis emulated the Chinese approach and introduced the modern form of toothbrushes to Europe in 1780, using a similar combination of bones and animal hairs.


First Patented Toothbrush

Meanwhile, entrepreneur H.N. Hadsworth helped to popularize toothbrush usage in America. In 1857, he was granted the very first toothbrush patent, and that lead to the mass production of toothbrushes from 1885.


Plastic Toothbrush

Toothbrush handles were made with soup bones until World War I disrupted the supplies (bones were diverted for the troops instead). Thus, an alternative material had to be found – and moldable plastic celluloid rose to the challenge.

By 1938, DuPont further cemented plastic’s central role in toothbrushes by using nylon bristles on toothbrushes on a large scale. With the advantage of lower costs and improved performance, fully plastic-based toothbrushes soon took central stage and became the norm.


Electric Toothbrush

Simultaneously, Switzerland saw the first electric toothbrush in 1939, as scientists sought to improve cleaning results by simulating brushing actions. Electric toothbrushes, however, did not take off for most of the century, even as they became much more technologically sophisticated. For example, the Oral-B Triumph 9100 can detect and monitor how thoroughly you have brushed your teeth, and alerts you to quadrants that need further brushing. However, the manual toothbrush still forms the great majority in home usage.


Today, there are over 3000 patents on various types of toothbrushes, with continued research and innovations in toothbrush development. Regardless of its size and shape though, the various toothbrushes through time and civilizations share the same goal – to help us maintain our oral hygiene, and give us brighter sparkly smiles!

7 Tips to Keep Your Toothbrush Clean

Posted by Flipper Museum On February - 3 - 2010Comments Off on 7 Tips to Keep Your Toothbrush Clean

The toothbrush plays an important role in maintaining our oral hygiene by removing plaque and bacteria, keeping our pearly-whites clean and sparkling as it work its way around our teeth and gum every day.

However, it is easy to overlook the hygiene and care of the toothbrush itself. Invisible germs and bacteria – including those that cause infections like gingivitis and gum diseases – thrive in high-humidity areas like the bathroom. Thus, if we are not careful with how we use our toothbrushes, we risk turning our toothbrushes from a cleaning tool into a contaminated host where germs grow.

To keep your toothbrush clean, follow these 7 simple tips:

Never share your toothbrushes

Sharing toothbrushes increases the risk of infections, as body fluids and germs can easily transfer from one family member to another. This is especially important for people with infectious diseases or reduced immunity (e.g. the young or the sick).

Avoid toothbrush-toothbrush contact

Many families store their toothbrushes together (e.g. in a cup, on the basin or huddled around in a cabinet). This can cause bacterial cross-contamination, as the germs from one family member passes onto another through the toothbrush.

Keep toothbrushes away from the toilet; close the toilet lid before flushing

While flushing, droplets of contaminated water floats into the surrounding areas, and may land on counter-tops and sinks. Thus, dentists recommend a minimum of 6 feet distance between a toothbrush and the toilet. Even better – close the toilet lid before flushing.

Store your toothbrushes in upright position

Keeping your toothbrushes upright in a well-ventilated area makes it easier for excess water droplets to drain off, so that the toothbrush can stay dry and clean.

Rinse thoroughly after every brush

Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after brushing to ensure that toothpaste, bacteria and small food particles are washed off. However, there is no need to soak the toothbrushes in mouthwash or disinfecting solutions. In fact, this may even increase cross-contamination if the same disinfectant is used multiple times.

Use a toothbrush cover

Howard Glazer, spokesman for Academy for General Dentistry, recommends the use of a toothbrush cover as it effectively protects the toothbrush from various elements: splattering water, skin contact and contact with other toothbrushes.

Replace your toothbrushes regularly

Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months – or when the bristles appear worn – to ensure maximum effectiveness in cleaning. Children’s toothbrushes should be changed more often as they wear out quicker. Remember to wash your new toothbrush before use!

Take care of your toothbrush, and your toothbrush will take care of you!

American Dental Association (ADA)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
British Dental Assciation (BDA)

Limited Edition: White Tiger in Korea!

Posted by Flipper Museum On January - 26 - 2010Comments Off on Limited Edition: White Tiger in Korea!

Tiger, guardian deity and loyal friend of the Korean people!
Flipper is proud to present the Animo Jr. Limited Edition toothbrush holder – White Tiger, will be available for sale in Korea only. We are proud to have it as a one of our limited edition toothbrush holder amongst our other adorable animals to celebrate the year of the White Tiger Return after 60 years in 2010. This is an exclusive project with our Korea partner.
Year of the White Tiger According to the Korean calendar, 2010 is the Year of the Tiger, or gyeonginnyeon in Korean. Among the twelve Gods of the earth, known as sibijisin, the tiger is the third animal and is a symbol of bravery, the guardian deity of the Korean people, and a noble animal who often appears in old Korean folk tales. And the year of the white tiger is especially auspicious as it comes around only once every 60 years. “Local legend has it that there are four guardian gods in Korea,” Kim Sang-hoe, a prominent Korean fortune teller explained. “They are the chungryong (blue dragon), hyunmu (turtle-snake), jujak (phoenix) and baekho (white tiger). Unlike the other three creatures, who are fictional, the baekho is the one and only real animal. For that reason, white tigers have been highly respected. In addition, the chance of a white tiger being seen is one in a million, so people in the past saw white tigers as a good sign.” Image: Old folk painting of a white tiger. [JoongAng Ilbo]

For further information, please log on to the official site of Korea Tourism Organization.

Animo Jr. contra las Bacteria

Posted by Flipper Museum On January - 4 - 2010Comments Off on Animo Jr. contra las Bacteria

Los portacepillos de dientes han sido creados con principios antibacteriales Esta protección empieza a actuar en el momento en que la bacteria entra en contacto con la superficie del …

Parents Magazine 2009

Posted by Flipper Museum On December - 1 - 2009Comments Off on Parents Magazine 2009

Merry Fun!

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This year our Flipper is featured again in Parents Magazine’s December issue. Our Flipper Animal World has been picked as one of the best holiday gifts by parents for their kids. Check more contents online.

At the same time, let’s flash back to have a glance of Flipper’s features in Fall 2008.

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I.M. Magazine Ad.

Posted by Flipper Museum On October - 1 - 2009Comments Off on I.M. Magazine Ad.

We are proud to share our Adorable 12 Animo Jr.’s stories on I.M. Magazine’s October issue.IM Magazine ADIM magazinesIM magazines

“We feel that Malaysians have got stories to be heard, and thus we created I.M. to be the platform for us all to hear about and be inspired by each other!”

You can also pick up one of the I.M. issues at the following hotspots:

  • KL City Centre – KLCC & Pavilion, Krispy Kreme  – Berjaya Times Square, Palate Palette, La Bodega
  • Mid Valley Megamall –, Ruffey I.D, Krispy Kreme
  • Sentral – Centro
  • 1 Utama – (new wing) & Ruffey I.D
  • Sunway Pyramid –, Ruffey I.D, Bar Celona & The One Academy
  • Subang – The Zon LCCT & KLIA
  • Bangsar & Sri Hartamas – – Bangsar Shopping Centre & Sri Hartamas Shopping Centre, Chawan, La Bodega, Alexis
  • Damansara – Wondermilk, TTDI Plaza
  • Starbucks
  • A Cut Above
  • Most bars, dining outlets and other coffee spots

The Magical Kingdom of Disney!

Posted by Flipper Museum On October - 1 - 2008Comments Off on The Magical Kingdom of Disney!

Hello Kitty: Say Hello!

Posted by Flipper Museum On October - 1 - 2008Comments Off on Hello Kitty: Say Hello!