Brush up on your dental knowledge at free talk in Preston

Posted on - 1st June, 2024 - 6:00pm | Author - | Posted in - History, Preston News, UCLan, University campus, What's On in Preston
Old toothbrushes
Ancient toothbrushes will be the star of the show

A free public lecture detailing the history of the toothbrush is taking place at the University of Central Lancashire.

Delivered by Peter Dyer, a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Oral Surgery, the talk will explain the development of the toothbrush over thousands of years and reveal how our ancestors managed to keep their teeth clean.

He will describe how the toothbrush has evolved from bristles to the sophisticated electronic brushes of today, discuss why it is important to clean your teeth and comment on some of the alternatives to using a brush.

Old ornate toothbrushes
Toothbrushes have evolved over thousands of years

Consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon Peter, said: “Have you ever wondered why we clean our teeth and what the first known toothbrushes looked like?

“Do you wonder how toothbrushes have evolved over time? Do you often read conflicting articles about when, how and for how long we should brush our teeth?

“If you’re answering ‘yes’ then my fun and informative upcoming public lecture will aim to give you all the answers you need.”

The history of the toothbrush lecture will take place in Mitchell and Kenyon Theatre, in the University’s Foster Building, on Thursday 6 June between 6.30pm and 7.30pm, with free refreshments available from 6pm.

Free tickets are available from Eventbrite.

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