In today’s Kevin Bass DMD Cosmetic and Family Dentistry post, we share some fun facts about dentistry. Enjoy!
- Before there was formal dental training and licensing, barbers often performed dental procedures. But did you know that blacksmiths also moonlighted as dentists?1 How would you like your dental visit to involve tools used to hammer hot metal?
- The Mayans were accomplished cosmetic dentists. One smile style in Mayan culture was bejeweled teeth. It was a procedure that involved the drilling of holes to embed precious gems. That’s a grill with major bling!
- The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill up two swimming pools. (Not a very pleasant image, right?)
- Prior to 1938, pig hair was a common bristle material for toothbrushes. We didn’t get nylon toothbrush bristles until 1938.
- A popular toothache treatment in medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey.3
- Every person’s tongue is unique – just like a fingerprint.
- In medieval Japan, they considered black teeth appealing. Style-conscious women used roots to stain their teeth.
At Kevin Bass DMD Cosmetic and Family Dentistry serving Lansdale, Montgomeryville and North Penn, you won’t find pig hair, donkeys, or anvils. You will find first rate dental care and our committed team. Services include dental implants, restorative dentistry, anxiety free dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry.
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1Gregory Myers,”10 Weird Facts About Teeth,” ListVerse, January 27, 2014, http://listverse.com/2014/01/27/10-weird-facts-about-teeth/, accessed on November 14, 2014
2“Mouth Matters,” Visual.ly, August 28, 2012, http://visual.ly/your-mouth-matters-fun-dental-facts, accessed on November 14, 2014
3“Chew on This, Fun Tooth Facts for a Healthy Mouth,” Delta Dental, http://www.deltadentalnc.org/MediaLibraries/Global/documents/Delta-Dental-Tooth-Tips-BF.pdf, accessed on November 12, 2014
4“New oral features can be considered unique as a fingerprint,” DentistryiQ, http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2014/01/new-oral-features-can-be-considered-unique-as-a-fingerprint.html, accessed on November 14, 2014