Good oral care seems to have been high up on the agenda for humans since ancient times. Evidence found in Egyptian tombs dates early toothbrushes back to 3500 – 3000 BC when the Egyptians and Babylonians made toothbrushes by flaying the ends of twigs.
Around 1600 BC the Chinese developed ‘chewing sticks’, twigs taken from aromatic trees and chewed to sweeten the breath.
Fast forward many hundreds of years to the 15th century and the Chinese invented the first natural bristle brush. Bristles from a pig’s neck were attached to either bone or bamboo handles.
When this invention found its way to Europe it was adapted to use horsehairs which were much softer, or in some places feathers.
In 1780 William Addis invented what we now know as the modern toothbrush. He attached pig bristles to a specially carved handle made from cow bone.
Addis’s design was developed further in 1844 when the first three-row brush was developed.
The toothbrush didn’t become truly modern until 1938 when Du Pont invented nylon and so by the 1950’s toothbrushes had much softer bristles that were much preferred by consumers and were more hygienic.
Lina (Monday, July 16 18 09:13 am BST)
I go to see Dr Brummitt and she is fantastic. She is the best dentist I have ever met. So kind, friendly and makes you feel relaxed during dental treatments, also she is very good at her job. Not to forget lovely reception staff and dental assistants, they are all very friendly!
Michelle Edwards (Monday, May 21 18 12:02 pm BST)
Lovely friendly staff always helpful
I would recommend to friends.
Mr Kumar has always been a pleasure to visit and looked after my dental treatment with excellent care. One day I will surprise him and get that electric toothbrush he would like me to use !
I have been coming here all my life. All staff are absolutely fantastic . Ms Davies is brilliant . Can't recommend highly enough.
Excellent treatment in a pleasant surrounding. Much needed after a gap of eight years.
Very happy with treatment have been patient for many years.
Janet gale (Thursday, February 08 18 12:40 pm GMT)
Mrs Brummit is an excellent dentist in every way treating both me and my wife with her expert knowledge in all aspects of dentistry, but she also puts us at ease and takes all fear away, we thoughly recommend her.
Richard Davis > (Wednesday, February 07 18 02:16 pm GMT)
I have been more than satisfied with my experience at this surgery. First class treatment and aftercare. Highly recommended.
Mr M Brake (Monday, February 05 18 11:13 am GMT)
I have known Dr. Brummitt for many years and have always enjoyed our little chats, which makes for a less worrying visit for my dental treatment. I have always been satisfied with Dee's work.
Wendy (Thursday, January 25 18 11:16 am GMT)
Lovely dentist, very informative and thorough.
Mark Roylance (Thursday, January 25 18 10:14 am GMT)
Wonderful treatment. I am very anxious about dental work and Dee has , through hard work ,patience and gentle persuasion cured me of my dental-phobia ! Really great dentist !
Caroline McGlynn (Monday, January 22 18 04:44 pm GMT)
Not everyone likes going to the dentist and that includes me. I have been a patient of mr Kumar for a long time now and he has put me at ease. I moved to Burgess Hill 4 years ago and because Mr Kumar is so nice I couldn't bear the thought of changing to another dentist who doesn't know me or my teeth!
Clare Wells (Monday, January 22 18 03:47 pm GMT)
I've been a patient of Miss Davies since a child, and now my children are too. Couldn't ask for a friendlier practice for children, to encourage them to look after there teeth and attend regularly.
Susanna (Monday, January 22 18 11:29 am GMT)
Very friendly and welcoming staff
Michael Harvey (Monday, January 22 18 11:07 am GMT)
The attractive waiting room is an appropriate introduction to the excellent service at this very friendly practice. DR Brummitt has looked after me well over a number of years, and I can actually say that I look forward to going to the dentist.
Aimee Burton (Thursday, January 18 18 05:15 pm GMT)
My son is patient of Dr Kumar and what can I say... What a fantastic dentist! Other family members and friends are with the two other dentists and I only ever hear great things!! Lovely welcoming staff and I love that the practice has a family feel! I would definitely recommend Victoria road dental care!
Claire preston (Thursday, January 18 18 03:48 pm GMT)
Dr D Brummitt
Very gentle as she knows I have had problems before with dentists
Steve Price (Thursday, January 18 18 08:49 am GMT)
Have been coming to Victoria Road Dental since a child and always have comments on how nice my teeth are. Lovely staff that always make you feel comfortable
Claudia knowles (Wednesday, January 17 18 10:52 am GMT)
I have been a patient of Mr Kumar who has looked after me very well and I have every confidence in him. He has cured me of my nerves that I used to have. He is a great ambassador for your practice.
Iain Hammond (Thursday, January 11 18 03:48 pm GMT)
Excellent treatment. I have never enjoyed going to the dentist until now. My teeth feel and look so much better.
Lee Davis (Thursday, January 11 18 01:04 pm GMT)
I have always found the service to be good and have never had any problems with my treatment and the staff to b friendly
Elizabeth Skilton (Tuesday, January 09 18 05:43 pm GMT)
Such a friendly team of staff! They are all so welcoming when you walk in, they instantly put any nerves you may have at ease. You can really tell that these are experienced dentists as well, compared to where I have been before their workers is out of this world! Thank you all for everything you do for me as a patient. You will have a hard time getting rid of me.
Winifred esparon (Tuesday, January 09 18 03:11 pm GMT)
Everybody very kind
Calum Bennett (Tuesday, January 09 18 02:52 pm GMT)
Very friendly and any questions I had the receptionist answered for me and helped me out with filling in the forms
Ellie Lancaster (Thursday, November 23 17 01:49 pm GMT)
Such lovely and caring team! Would recommend this practice to anyone. I have been a patient for many years and always been happy with their care...
Christine Wood (Thursday, November 23 17 11:28 am GMT)
Dr. Brummit is a first class dentist and excellent with nervous patients. She is kind and reassuring and I am more than happy with all the work she has carried out over the years. Highly recommended.
Mrs Collingwood (Wednesday, November 22 17 03:04 pm GMT)
I have been a patient here for 64 years and have also brought along my family when they were younger. Dr Kumar has always looked after me as a patient, I have always been more than satisfied with the service here. I am always seen as soon as possible. A very happy patient!
Mrs Warden (Wednesday, November 22 17 01:49 pm GMT)
I have been coming here for over 30 years now, and have always been very happy with the service I have received.
James Higgs (Wednesday, November 22 17 12:58 pm GMT)
Been coming to see Miss Davies from a young age & can only give a positive feedback as very caring & attentive & I always feel looked after & never worried about visiting.
Roger Gilbert (Wednesday, November 22 17 12:35 pm GMT)
Very caring dentist
Peter Hall (Wednesday, November 22 17 12:01 pm GMT)
Very helpful and polite reception staff.Dentist very thorough and careful.
David (Tuesday, November 21 17 04:30 pm GMT)
Dentist is great and staff very helpful
Barbara Bashford (Wednesday, October 11 17 05:05 pm BST)
Dr Kumar is fantastic. I am a very nervous patient and he has been very kind and patient with me. Would recommend this pratice. Always received first class care.
jamie (Thursday, July 13 17 01:58 pm BST)
very welcoming and friendly. Dentist is always very thorough and caring.
Roger Smith (Tuesday, July 11 17 12:30 pm BST)
absolutely fantastic !!!!
went as a new patient and the staff and dentist where so helpful.
william peters (Tuesday, July 11 17 10:25 am BST)
would highly recommend this practice, friendly staff