Interesting facts about Dentist


  1. Before toothbrushes were invented, people used twigs or their fingers to brush their teeth (Neemtwigs are still used in India as they have high bactericidal property). 
  2. In early 1600 Japanese women made their teeth black to show loyalty to their husbands.
  3. In roman times, the ancient Gauls, as well as other people, used Urine (which contained Urea) as a mouth rinse to whiten their teeth.
  4. The Ancient Greeks were the first to discover and use Pliers to extract teeth.
  5. The ancient Chinese wrapped tiny pieces of parchment around painful teeth, all of which contained written prayers and incantations.
  6. Aztec dentists used to mix Iron fillings, water and navel lint bake and insert into the cavities to seal it.
  7. In the old days when dentures weren’t invented yet, dentists would do a quick surgery implanting teeth in the mouth a person, by obtaining the teeth from a dead person’s mouth.
  8. William F. Semple a dentist from Mount Vernon, Ohm was issued the first patent in 1869 for chewing gum.
  9. The Electric chair was invented by a Dentist.
  10. The rat’s teeth keep growing constantly all through their lives, that is the reason why they bite into everything they see to get rid of the itching sensation in their gums.
  11. The biggest shark species has the smallest teeth. The 12 meter long whale shark has more than 4,000 teeth, and only 3mm long.
  12. New teeth are constantly being formed in rows in a sharks jaw. Shark’s teeth are normally replaced every eight days. A shark’s teeth are literally as hard as steel.
  13. Cows do not have upper front teeth and their lower bottom ones never stop growing.
  14. Diet sodas are just as damaging as regular sodas at weakening tooth enamel.
  15. Aardvark teeth have no enamel coating and are worn away and regrown continuously.
  16. It is a weird belief that those who smile in school yearbook photos are more likely to have a successful career and marriage that those with dull or lifeless faces.
  17. The most valuable tooth was that of Sir Issac Newton purchased by a Businessman for $4560. Which he used as a ring.
  18. A couple of hundred years ago bad teeth were considered to be a rich man’s disease. It was only the rich people who could afford to eat sweet things like Queen Elizabeth I, who had very bad teeth.
  19. In the dark ages, superstitions held that a person could cure his/her toothache or re-grow a lost tooth by obtaining a tooth from someone else. This tooth would have preferably come from a hanged criminal. It was believed that just the mere possession of such a tooth would work.
  20. In the 18th century people would sell their teeth to the rich people, who then used to make false teeth with them (so replacement of teeth was seen from as early as 18th century).
  21. Over 40%-50% of children will be affected by tooth decay before they reach 5years of age.
  22. According to the May 2000 Surgeon General’s report, Oral health in America, more than 51 million school hours are lost due to Dental related problems.
  23. Kids laugh around 400 times per day compared to the mere 15 times a day by grown-ups.
  24. 38.5 days is the number of days a person spends brushing his teeth in his whole lifetime.
  25. According to a poll conducted 73% of people would rather go for grocery shopping rather than floss his/her teeth.
  26. While 9 million children in this nation do not have medical insurance, more than twice that number 23 million- don not have dental insurance.
  27. Of the 4 million children born each year, more than half will have cavities by the time they reach second grade.
  28. For 25% of children the first visit to the emergency ward in hospitals is due to a Dental related problem.

Some interesting facts about toothpastes:

          •  The Greek physician Hippocrates (400BC) suggested a toothpaste made from three mice and the    head of a hare to                 cure toothache.

         •  Before toothpaste was invented people used dry, rough things as an abrasive to clean their teeth like crushed eggshell,              pumice or the burnt hooves of animals!

         •  A third of the population squeeze their toothpaste tube from the middle.

         •  The world’s oldest known formula for toothpaste, used more than 1,500 years before Colgate, began marketing in1873,              was discovered on a piece of dusty papyrus in the basement of a Viennese museum.


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