Our Blog

Here are a few more Interesting Tidbits about Dental History!

Posted by Peter Samuels on Fri, Dec 27, 2013 @ 11:12 AM

 

Gettysburg Dentist history facts

 

There is evidence of dentistry being practiced as far back as 7000 BC; at that time, bow drills were used in the treatment of tooth decay. In ancient Greece tooth extraction was a common procedure used to treat a variety of different illnesses, and the professionals who treated dental problems were not doctors but barbers. It wasn’t until the years between 1650 and 1800 when modern dentistry got its start.

The history of dentistry is filled with odd and sometimes humorous happenings. Here are some of the most interesting facts about dentistry:

Contrary to popular belief, President George Washington’s false teeth were not constructed of wood; his teeth were actually made from a combination of elephant tusks, human, cow and walrus teeth and gold.

Experts recommend that you store your toothbrush at least six feet away from your toilet. Why? When you flush, fecal particles travel through the air and can land on a tooth brush up to six feet away. Using a toothbrush cap is not the best solution to this problem: the moist environment maintained by a toothbrush cover allows more bacteria to grow and multiply.

A snail’s mouth is the size of the head of a pin and contains about 25,000 teeth.

Tooth decay is the second most prevalent illness in the United States behind the common cold.

Each person’s teeth are as unique as their fingerprints; even identical twins have a different dental “fingerprint”. Paul Revere is the first person known to have used dental forensics to identify a body.

In 2012, the average amount left by the tooth fairy was $2 per tooth.

The average man in the United States smiles 8 times a day; the average woman smiles 62 times per day.

Giraffes only have bottom teeth. 

These are just a few of the many interesting facts about dentistry. Here’s one final fact that produced several humorous headlines in 1994: A prisoner in Charleston, West Virginia escaped by braiding dental floss into a rope about the thickness of a telephone cord. He then used the rope to scale an 18 foot wall in the recreation yard and made his escape.

 

Submitted by Peter Samuels, DDS

Topics: Dental history, Cosmetic Dentistry, Gettysburg sedation dentist, Gettysburg dentist, Dentist Gettysburg

Gettysburg Dentist talks about fun dental history facts!

Posted by Peter Samuels on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 @ 14:11 PM

Gettysburg dentist

The history of dentistry has been an
interesting one. Did you know there is recorded evidence that people were
concerned with the appearance and health of their teeth dating back over 4,000
years ago? And toothbrushes existed before 600AD? Exploring the intriguing
history surrounding the dental arts can be entertaining, fun, and
mysterious.

  • Evidence suggests braces were used to correct teeth in ancient times. They first appeared in recorded history around 2022BC. Around 400-300 BC scholars like Aristotle and Socrates discussed and contemplated the best way to correct one's crooked teeth.

 

  • Think implants are part of modern dental technology? Think again, the Mayans were using endosseous implants in 600AD. The evidence supporting the Mayan's use of implants was unearthed by Archaeologists in Honduras in 1939.

 

  • The first dental book ever published was called The Operator for
    Teeth
    . It was written by Charles Allen in 1685. There are only two known copies still intact, one resides in the library of the College of Dentistry at New York University, the other is in York Minister.

 

  • John Greenwood was the first native born dentist. It was he who designed George Washington's dentures. He made the dentures using Hippopotamus tusks. The bill Greenwood sent to Washington for payment is dated 1799.

 

  • Dr. Horace Wells was the first dentist to use nitrous oxide as an
    anesthetic. The first demonstration performed using nitrous was on December 11, 1844. 

 

  • Over the centuries, dentists have used many different items to fill teeth.
    These have included: stone chips, turpentine resin, gum, metals, cork, lead, and gold foil. Dental cement made of baked porcelain was developed by B. Wood in 1862.

 

  • Miss Lucy Hobbs was the first woman to ever graduate dental school in 1864. Having her diploma she opened her office in Iowa, from there she opened another office in Chicago. Her dental career was considered extremely successful.

If you are considering dental work or are due for a check up, contact the experts at Samuels
Dental Arts, P.C. Their family owned and operated practice offers sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, implants, dentures, and family dentistry.

Article submitted by Peter J. Samuels, DDS

Topics: Dental history, Dentist in Gettysburg, Gettysburg dentist

Gettysburg dentist discusses history of toothbrush

Posted by Peter Samuels on Thu, Nov 14, 2013 @ 14:11 PM

Gettysburg dentist

 

No one invention in dental history is more appreciated
than the toothbrush. Natural bristle brushes were first introduced by the
ancient Chinese. These early dental inventors first devised the toothbrush using
natural bristles attached to the bones of cold climate pigs. 

French dentists were the first to introduce toothbrushes to European culture
in the seventeenth and early eighteenth century. William Addis of England was
the first individual in history to promote the toothbrush commercially in
Europe, prompting many individuals to rethink their personal dental care. 

After the Civil War, American H.N. Wadsworth began to manufacture and sell
the first mass produced toothbrush. The earliest commercial-style brush was
produced in Massachusetts by the Florence Manufacturing Company. The brush was
called the Pro-phy-lac-tic. Try saying that ten times fast.

Nylon bristle toothbrushes became popular around 1938. The first nylon style
brush was produced by the DuPont Company. According to statistics, the act of
brushing one's teeth did not gain in popularity until WWII, when soldiers got in
the habit of brushing during boot camp.

The first electric toothbrush ever made was designed and developed in
Switzerland in 1939. The Squibb company perfected the electric toothbrush in
1960 and began distribution in America (to dentist offices only) around the same
time, it was called the Broxodent. Electric cordless toothbrushes were not
available to the public in America until 1987 from a company called
Interplak.

Toothpaste has been proven to be in existence as early as 500BC. The earliest
users of toothpaste were the ancient inhabitants of China and India. Modern
style toothpaste was developed in the early 1800s. An American by the name of
John Harris was the first to ever add chalk as an ingredient of toothpaste. Dr.
Washington Sheffield of Connecticut was the first person to introduce toothpaste
in a tube. Colgate adapted Sheffield's design and later added detergents and
flouride to the mix for better tooth maintenance.

Dental history facts are fun, but if you are looking for a modern, hi tech, Gettysburg dentist, look to the future at Samuels Dental Arts P.C.!

 

Article submitted by:  Peter J. Samuels, DDS

Topics: Dental history, Gettysburg dentist

Follow Me