Did you know?
Interesting facts about teeth and dentistry that makes going to the dentist all the more bearable!
- Everyone’s tongue is just like a fingerprint. It’s unique to every person.
- The average woman smiles 62 times a day. The average man only 8 times a day!
- 78% of children in the U.S. will have at least 1 cavity by the age of 17.
- Dental floss was first manufactured in 1882. How old!
- The average person brushes for only 45 to 70 seconds when the recommended brushing time is 2 to 3 minutes.
- Crocodile birds clean crocodile teeth! It’s a real thing!
- The blue whale is the biggest mammal in the world; however, they only eat tiny shrimp because they have no teeth.
- Most tooth loss in patients over 35 is due to periodontal disease.
- Tooth decay is the American’s most common disease after the common cold.
- Clean teeth help prevent heart attacks.
Facts on Dental History:
- Dental Assistant Irene Newman was the first to be trained to clean teeth and became the first dental hygienist in 1905.
- Ancient Greeks used toothpaste made of pumice, talc, alabaster and coral powder. Yuck!
- The world’s earliest known dentist was Hesi-Re, who lived in Egypt over 5,000 years ago.
- The world’s first toothbrushes were tree twigs.
- Colgate introduced the first flavored toothpaste in 1873.
- The world’s first dental school opened in 1840 in Baltimore.
- During the dark ages, using someone else’s toothbrush was a crime!
- Paul Revere – known for many other things, he was the first to used dental forensics to identify bodies killed in battle.
- Thomas Welch – Do you buy Welch products? Guess what? He was a dentist, too!
- Grant Wood – The well-known “American Gothic” painting shows a mirror image of his dentist (male farmer).
- George Washington – His dentist, Dr. Greenwood, was the first dentist to attempt the creation of dentures.