The art of dentistry has been around a lot longer than people would think. In fact, over the years the field of dentistry has come a long way. Here are some things that you may not have known about the field of dentistry.
A long time ago, people used to ground up chalk or charcoal, lemon juice, ashes, or even a mixture of tobacco and honey to clean their teeth.
About 100 years ago toothpaste was invented.
Before toothbrushes, people used twigs or their fingers to brush their teeth.
People who drink 3 or more glasses of soda daily have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others.
The first toothbrush with bristles was made in China in 1498. The bristles were from hogs, horses and badgers. The first commercial toothbrush was made in 1938.
Fluoridated toothpastes when ingested habitually by kids can lead to fluoride toxicity.
You should replace your toothbrush after you have an episode of the flu, cold or other viral infections. Notorious microbes can implant themselves on the toothbrush bristles leading to re-infection.
New born babies do not have tooth decay bacteria. Tooth decay bacteria are often transmitted from mother to baby when she kisses the child or blows in hot food/drink before feeding the baby.
A few hundred years ago bad teeth were considered to be a rich man’s disease. It was the rich who could afford to eat sweet things. That is why royalty, such as Queen Elizabeth I, had very bad teeth.
In the dark ages there was a superstition where people believed that a person could cure his/her toothache or even re-grow a lost tooth by obtaining a tooth from someone else.
Being able to see the evolution of dentistry, we can see that we have made great leaps in the field. Advances in technology have allowed us to make great strides in the field of dentistry. In today’s society, just about everyone is able to have dental work if they need it.
When it comes to your teeth, do what you can to make sure that they stay in great condition. Contact Dr. Jeff Hadley, your Las Vegas dentist, today.