Quirky Dental Facts That May Surprise You

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In today’s On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry post, we share some fun facts about dentistry. Enjoy!

  • Before the existence of formal dental training and licensing, barbers often performed dental procedures. 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?
  • Nylon toothbrush bristles weren’t introduced until 1938. Prior to that, pig hair was a common bristle material.3
  • The Mayans were accomplished cosmetic dentists. Some even bejeweled teeth – a procedure that involved the drilling of holes to embed precious gems.
  • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill up two swimming pools.2
  • A popular toothache treatment in medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey.3 No one ever proved that it worked. It is unknown if the same remedy was used by donkeys
  • In medieval Japan, black teeth were considered appealing. Style-conscious women used roots to stain their teeth.3

At On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry, you won’t find pig hair, donkeys, or anvils. You will find unmatched dental care and our convenient team of dental professionals. Our menu of services includes: tooth extractions, emergency dental care, and restorative dentistry. Contact On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry today at 480-525-8120 to schedule an informative consultation.

 

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
2Mouth Matters,” Visual.ly, August 28, 2012, http://visual.ly/your-mouth-matters-fun-dental-facts, accessed on November 14, 2014
3Chew 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

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