I'm reading Last rituals : an Icelandic novel of secret symbols, medieval witchcraft, and modern murder. By Yrsa Sigurdardóttir. I know! But I decided I didn't have to pronounce this so I'm good. Anyway the main character is a lawyer and the mother of two, one a little girl. Get this: she brushes her daughter's teeth. Now this kid is at least 6, and her arms and hands work just fine. Every time I picture this it stops me reading long enough to think what? Then I get over myself. Anyway I thought you'd like to know about toothbrushes. Some kind of tooth cleaner has existed since around since 3000 B. C., the first being a stick rubbed against the teeth. In 1498 the Chinese began to use boar bristles attached to a length of bone or bamboo. In 1938 nylon bristles arrived and the modern toothbrush was born. Hurray! My source for these tidbits (Everyday Mysteries, Library of Congress) includes a photo of a 4-year-old nonchalantly brushing her own teeth. She must be gifted. Or I am unnaturally obsessed with oral hygiene practices in Iceland. You decide.
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