The Lactona story began in 1932 in St Paul, Minnesota where the company's founder and first president, Dr. Glenn Millard decided to manufacture the ideal dental tools that he would personally want to use on his patients. During the 1940’s, Lactona Corp. was in the forefront of a major change in toothbrush handle manufacturing--injection molding--that created the more durable, simpler handles of today. Prior to the advent of nylon filament, toothbrushes featured hog bristles and to this day, Lactona has maintained the excellent cleaning capability of the hog bristle in their product line. The hog bristles are responsibly and ethically harvested, then washed and dried, sorted by length and color, and bleached and treated, primarily done by hand requiring considerable skill. Lactona is the only American toothbrush manufacturer that still offers the highly effective natural bristle brush. In 1938, DuPont developed the first nylon filaments and Lactona spearheaded the switch for toothbrush manufacturers. Lactona nylon filaments are end rounded during the manufacturing process making it much safer on delicate gingiva. Today, Lactona is still family-owned and operated by many passionate people that have watched the company grow for over 40 years.
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