Interesting Facts About Dentistry

10-May-2018 10:52

Like all the other parts of the human body, oral health is an important concern one needs to look upon. People often overlook to the known facts related to dentistry. Let us understand few of the unknown facts about dental health, dental history, and dental science.

A small history about Dentistry
The first record of dentistry belongs to Hesi-Re, over 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
The earliest recipe for toothpaste was created in Egypt, 400 AD. It included ingredients such as salt, pepper, mint, and dried iris flower.
The bristle toothbrush was invented in China, during the year of 1498.
During the Middle Ages of Germany – the cure for a toothache included a kiss from a donkey.
Contrary to popular belief, George Washington’s dentures were made from human teeth, gold, hippopotamus tusk, and elephant ivory – not wood.
A tooth, belonging to Sir Isaac Newton, sold for $3,633, today’s equivalent of $35,700. This tooth is known as the most valuable tooth in history. It was sold as a ring in London, in the year of 1816.
Lucy Beaman Hobbs became the first licensed female dentist in 1866.
Colgate created the first commercial toothpaste in 1873. This toothpaste had the same minty taste that we are familiar with today.
The first commercial floss was manufactured by Codman and Shurtleff in 1882.
Irene Newman was the first dental hygienist, trained to clean patient’s teeth in 1905.
It wasn’t until World War II that Americans began brushing their teeth twice a day. The soldiers brought the habit home after the war.
Biology facts of Dentistry
Humans produce up to 1.5 liters of saliva per day.
Our tongue and tooth prints are unique to every individual, much like our fingerprints.
Dental plaque is made up of over 300 different types of bacteria.
Our teeth started to form before you were born.

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