LDBDA : 1081
toothbrush with a flat, straight, bone handle and a head made of natural sponge.
In 1743 Geraudly Bunon advocated sponges and chewsticks as superior to brushes. "The well-prepared root is most suitable for the rubbing and we may reach with it the further recesses of the jaws. But, the fine sponge enters all the corners and even under the edges of the gums'. However, they were not actually very effective at removing plaque or food from the teeth.
supplier: Claridge and Company
head sponge; handle bone; length 158mm