"Super French" toothbrush plastic handle by Comilo, USA, with "Tricho" toothbrush guard, by Kent, USA, 1896-1905
The ‘Super French’ toothbrush is made from plastic moulded with a lion's head for decoration. When not in use, the soft bristles are protected by a 'Tricho' brand toothbrush guard. The bristles are probably made of animal hair. Nylon bristles were introduced in 1937. Daily cleaning of the teeth was not a regular habit until the early 1900s. In England and the United States, toothbrushes were provided to all servicemen during the First World War, which helped popularise their use.