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13 Teeth and Dentist Facts

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This week I had a long overdue visit to the dentist. Certainly inspiration for this week’s Thursday Thirteen.

Thirteen Things About Teeth and Dentists

1. Humans generally have two sets of teeth during their life time.

2. Baby teeth, which number 20.

3. Adult teeth, which number 32. (This includes wisdom teeth)

4. Not flossing means you missing cleaning around 35% of each tooth.

5. Long ago dentists used to advertise their profession by hanging strings of rotten teeth outside their premises.

6. Dentist began experimenting with implants back in the 18th century.

7. Teeth were taken from dead people and implanted into mouths of those who could afford to pay the required price.

8. A set of teeth cost up to 5 guineas. (Not sure how much this equates to these days)

9. Teeth donors sometimes passed on more than their teeth. Diseases such as syphilis and tuberculosis were also passed on from infected donors.

10. Back in 5000BC people thought tooth worms caused decay.

11. Drilling teeth isn’t a new thing. It’s said that ancient dentists were very efficient at drilling…without pain killing drugs. Ouch!

12. During the Middle Ages, monks usually acted as dentists.

13. In the early 1700s, dentistry came under doctoring, but by around 1750, dentists were a branch of their own.

I’m terrible when it comes to dentist visits. I have a healthy fear and I put off visits as long as I can. My visit this week was the first one in three years!

Do you fear the dentist?

Sources:

The History of Dentistry, Namibia Dentist Association

The Rotten Tooth: A Brief History of Dentistry

All The Better To Eat You With!

I’m visiting Mychael Black today and talking about sharp teeth – all the better to eat you with!

Brush Those Teeth.

Thursday Thirteen

I wasn’t looking forward to today because I had both dentist and doctor appointments. I loathe all that poking and prodding. Not nice! Anyhow, I survived the experience and decided to do my TT on dentist related things.

Thirteen Things About Dentists and Teeth

1. French dentists were the first Europeans to promote the use of toothbrushes in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

2. Hard to believe, but most Americans did not brush their teeth until Army soldiers brought their enforced habits of tooth brushing back home after World War II.

3. Toothpaste was used as long ago as 500 BC in both China and India; however, modern toothpastes were developed in the 1800s.

4. Cavities are holes in our teeth created by the wear, tear, and decay of tooth enamel.

5. False teeth date back as far as 700 BC. The Etruscans designed false teeth out of ivory and bone that were secured into the mouth by gold bridgework.

6. In the days when dentures weren’t invented yet, dentists would implant teeth in the mouth of a person. The teeth came from dead people!

7. In the 1800s, all kinds of teeth bleaching agents were used with varied results. In the 1900s, dentists paired hydrogen peroxide with a bleaching light to whiten teeth, but several treatments were needed to see results. Two dentists, Dr. Haywood and Dr. Heymann, came up with the idea of using carbamide peroxide as a whitening agent — and at-home bleaching trays were invented.

8. Roughly 8,000 years before Novocaine and some 7,300 years before they could even swig whiskey to dull the pain, prehistoric patients were having holes drilled into their teeth with drill bits carved from stone. The researchers think the dental work may have been done to ease pain, since four of the teeth showed signs of decay and the jaw of at least one individual showed signs of massive infection.

9. During the Battle of Waterloo people who scavenged from the dead on the battlefields carried a sturdy pair of pliers. These individuals weren’t only on the lookout for the more traditional items, such as money and jewellery, but for a rather more unlikely prize as well…human teeth.

10. Keeping those toothy pearls pretty and in place is a booming multibillion-dollar industry. There are about 3,000 patented toothbrushes on the market, with handles that look like running shoes and heads like precious power tools; and some that squirt, and others on timers, and some that ”deplaque” with sonic whiners.

11. Dentures reduce chewing power about 20 percent, depriving their owners of many foods that may be healthy like apples, corn on the cob and tree bark.

12. 1910—The first formal training program for dental nurses is established at the Ohio College of Dental Surgery by Cyrus M. Wright. The program is discontinued in 1914 mainly due to opposition by Ohio dentists.

13. A No Frills Dentist Appointment

The Smiths were shown into the dentist’s office, where Mr. Smith made it clear he was in a big hurry.

“No fancy stuff, Doctor,” he ordered, “No gas or needles or any of that stuff. Just pull the tooth and get it over with.”

“I wish more of my patients were as stoic as you,” said the dentist admiringly. “Now, which tooth is it?”

Mr. Smith turned to his wife Sue. “Show him, honey.”

I’ll admit my favorite part of a dentist appointment is the end when I’m safely out the door and done for another year. Do you enjoy visiting the dentist? Do you have many fillings? They say that all our toothpastes, floridated water etc has made our teeth better, so an unscientific survey–do your kids have many fillings compared to you at the same age?