Most people know the facts about good oral hygiene including brushing twice and flossing once each day, following a good healthy diet and of course regular checkups with the dentist, but there are some little known facts about teeth that you may find interesting.
In 1498, the Chinese invented the very first toothbrush that was made with hair from badgers, horses, and dogs. It wasn’t until 1938 that the first commercial toothbrush was ready for use.
A snail’s mouth is the size of a pinhead, but can contain well over 25,000 teeth.
Back in the 1600’s dentists weren’t the only ones who pulled and whitened teeth. Barbers were also adding dental services to a shave and a haircut. Move forward to the 1800’s and blacksmiths were filling cavities while shoeing horses at the same time.
Egyptian mummies have been discovered with fillings in their teeth that were made of resin and malachite. Apparently, the Egyptians also used gold wire to bind loose teeth together.
Dental crowns are nothing new; in fact, archaeologists have discovered that the ancients Romans, back in 200 AD, restored teeth that were decayed with gold crowns. These early cosmetic dentists also incorporated fixed bridges to replace the gaps left from missing teeth. The Romans also made toothpaste from a mixture of crushed eggshells and honey.
Unbelievably, 73 percent of Americans would much rather shop than floss.
Toothpicks are the most common object that Americans choke on.
On average a woman will smile as many as 62 times each day, while a man will only flash his toothy grin about 8 times.
Just like fingerprints, every person on the planet has unique teeth. Identical twins even have different teeth.
Grant Wood’s famous American Gothic painting featuring the solemn faced farmer and his wife had a real life model. The stone-faced farmer was actually Mr. Wood’s dentist.
People who live in the United States spend about 100 billion every year on hair products, yet only about 2 billion per year on dental care.
Although most people believe that the dentures worn by the first president of the United States, George Washington, were made of wood, they were actually made of a mixture of donkey, human and hippopotamus teeth along with lead, ivory and gold.
The machine that is used to make cotton candy was co-invented by none other than a dentist. Originally known as Fairy Floss, cotton candy is still a popular sugary treat all over the world.
If you are one of the 73 percent of people who would rather shop than floss, you may want to schedule an appointment with your dentist today. Call or click today.