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Did You Know These Fun Teeth And Dentistry Facts?
Jul 6, 2016

A Little History

  • 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 Shurtleft 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.

The Biology Of The Mouth

  • Your teeth started to form before you were born.
  • Our teeth enamel is the hardest part of our body, even harder than our bones!
  • 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.
  • Humans produce up to 1.5 liters of saliva per day.

Hmm… That’s Interesting!

  • If you floss once a day for your entire lifetime, you will have used about 5 miles of floss.
  • You will have spent 76 days of your lifetime brushing your teeth – assuming you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes.
  • 78% of Americans have had at least one cavity by the age of 17.
  • It takes 43 muscles to frown, but only 17 to smile.
  • If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on the left side of your mouth.
  • Kids laugh around 400 times a day. Adults laugh around 15 times a day.
  • Sports-related injuries are responsible for 5 million missing teeth per year. (Go Hurricanes!)