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Drs. John Pinnix and George Betancourt would like to extend our sincerest best wishes to you and your families. We hope that you continue to navigate these most difficult times with strength, perseverance and the promise that we will all soon return to 'business as usual'.

Please note, the purpose of this email is not to go into detail about our office protocols during the current COVID- 19 response. We always have and will continue to maintain the highest level of aseptic and sterilization techniques. Regarding our office hours, we are presently closed as a result of recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the American Dental Association. For patients with upcoming appointments, trust that we will communicate directly with you via phone call to reschedule them as we learn more about our current situation.

For the time being, we want to extend to you, our patients, the helping hand you need during these times for all things dental. While we may be limited in terms of office hours and available services, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt remain available to you via other modalities. For example, we ask that you please find and follow our social media pages, pinnixandbetancourt on Instagram, Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney on Facebook, and @BlakeneySmiles on Twitter. We will use these social media outlets as a means of communication and also a way to provide a Question & Answer forum for general questions anyone may have.

For personal/private needs related to ongoing treatment or your dental health, we will be available to schedule a virtual consultation. This may be accomplished via FaceTime, Zoom meeting or other platform whereby we may have a face to face encounter. These will be available to you, our patient, as a courtesy.

These are unprecedented times for us all. We strive to be on the front edge of the capabilities and service we provide our patients. Much of that depends on our availability and communication. We are here and we will, across any medium possible, provide the guidance you need during these difficult times. We ask that you please reach out to us either via email to the office (, one of our social media platforms, or our phone line from which you can leave a message. We will make every effort possible to get back to you in a timely manner.

From Drs. Pinnix, Betancourt and our entire staff at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we hope you and your families manage the COVID-19 pandemic with an abundance of care, caution and respect for the well being of our community.


Drs. John M. Pinnix, George A. Betancourt and the staff of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

The History of the Toothbrush

By Dr. Pinnix on July 19, 2018

A woman brushing her teethWe all know brushing and flossing our teeth daily is key to protecting our oral health, but did you know that maintaining optimal dental health can also help prevent serious medical issues? Poor dental hygiene has been linked to health issues like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, among others.

At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney in Charlotte, NC, our team can help you preserve your oral well-being with general dentistry services, from cavity detection and treatment to deep cleaning. However, in the past, people had to use primitive toothbrushes to care for their smiles. Learn more about the history of the toothbrush in this blog post.

From Chew Sticks to Boar Bristles

Methods of teeth cleaning did not always resemble the same routines we follow today. The modern-day toothbrush did not exist until 1938, but primitive toothbrushes have existed since 3000 BC.

The ancient Egyptians cared for their teeth by applying a mixture of pumice, crushed eggshells, ash, and myrrh to teeth with their fingers. Long ago, ancient peoples also used “chew sticks,” which were small sprigs with ragged ends that they rubbed against their teeth.

Toothbrushes with bristles, much like the kind we now use, were not created until around 1498 in China with the development of boar bristle brushes. These were made of rigid hairs taken from the back of a hog’s neck and fastened to bone or bamboo handles.

This variety of toothbrush was popular until the introduction of nylon bristles by Dupont de Nemours in 1938.

Mass Production of the Toothbrush

When it came to making toothbrushes for the masses, America lagged behind England. William Addis of Clerkenwald, England was the first to produce toothbrushes on a large scale around 1780.

His design, which closely resembled the look of modern toothbrushes, came to fruition while he was in prison. Addis and the other prisoners were only allowed to use rags and soot to clean their teeth; however, Addis had a better idea. Drilling holes on an animal bone, he attached hair bristles through the holes.

It would be many more years before the United States began mass-producing toothbrushes. The first American to copyright a toothbrush was H. N. Wadsworth in November of 1857.

What about the toothbrush’s electric counterpart? This kind of technology was introduced almost 60 years ago when the Squibb company was among the first to produce electric toothbrushes, rolling out the Broxodent in 1960.

The Importance of Dental Hygiene

Although their methods were primitive, people of the past had the right idea in trying to take care of their teeth. You can avoid most dental issues by including the following steps in your oral hygiene regimen:

  • Use fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth twice daily.
  • Floss daily to remove leftover food between teeth.
  • Schedule routine dental visits for checkups and cleanings.
  • Limit sugary food and drinks.
  • Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco.
  • If you consume alcohol, do so only in moderation.

Tooth brushing is the most fundamental aspect of a good dental hygiene routine. Without daily brushing and flossing, plaque, a sticky substance that builds up on your teeth, can result in tooth decay and gum disease. It is especially important to care for your teeth and gums if you suffer from diabetes or cancer, are a senior adult, or are pregnant.

Call to Schedule Your Appointment

Dental checkups and cleanings help maintain your oral health, so call our office today at 704-543-1102, or contact us online anytime.

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