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The Story Behind tells the extraordinary history of the ordinary. Everyday objects are more closely examined, from their ancient beginnings through the present—all within 5-10 minutes.

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Oct 9, 2017

Usually I grab inspiration for my episodes from random instances during my week when I take a moment and wonder the history behind things we may take for granted. Well, this week, I went to the dentist and while I was in the chair, getting my teeth cleaned, I began wondering about this week’s topic.

And, I’m getting a crown put in on Thursday, so there’s a possibility I’ll come up with even more dental-themed topics for the near future, just to warn you.

I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind the Toothbrush.

The role of Horace Miner was played by Adam from Everyone Has a Podcast, and if you happen to be looking for a new toothbrush, Adam and his cohost Bryon have a promo code for a free Quip toothbrush refill by going to

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Who Invented The Toothbrush And When Was It Invented? - Everyday Mysteries

The History Of The Toothbrush: From 5000 Bc To Present - Huffington Post

When Did Americans Begin Brushing Their Teeth? - Grapevine Dental Care

Ever Wondered How People Cleaned Their Teeth Before They Had Toothbrushes? - Washington Post

Do Animals Need To Brush Their Teeth Like Humans? - Science Abc

Do Any Other Species Practise Dental Care? - The Naked Scientists

Crocodile Myths #1 - The Curious Trochilus - Croc Blog

Plover-crocodile Relationship - Ask A Biologist

Who Made That Toothbrush? - The New York Times

William Addis, And The Story Of The Modern Toothbrush - Georgian Gentleman

About Us - Wisdom Toothbrushes

The Ad That Created A Habit! - Building Pharma Brands