These widespread practices in the Far West demonstrate how very wild the times were

Does anyone want to brush their teeth?

As you may have guessed, dental hygiene was not a top priority for either the pioneers or the cowboys of the Wild West. Apparently, it was a luxury to own your own toothbrush back then. The people in the Wild West used stick-like objects known as chew sticks and rubbed freshly chewed herbs on their teeth and gums to clean their teeth. While one end is sharpened as a toothpick, the other is frayed and used to clean their teeth. Additionally, pine needles were used to remove any debris from the teeth. Natural plant products like sage, cucumber, and mint were also chewed to help freshen their breath.

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It wasn’t common to have toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other oral care products during that time. As a result, many people had rotting teeth and black gaps in their mouths. It also wasn’t uncommon for people to perform their dentistry on themselves. For those who wanted to have some semblance of oral hygiene, there were apparently some means available. Prepare to wince in disgust because you could sometimes get your hands on a toothbrush in a public space. The only problem is that these toothbrushes were common and were used by more than one person.

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