Monthly Archives: November 2015

Dentistry Throughout the Ages: A Worm, A Queen & A Barber Pole

Much of the history of dentistry is pretty intriguing. From the first recorded ‘doctor of the tooth’, Hesy-Re, an Egyptian who lived around 2600 BC; to the father of modern dentistry, Pierre Fauchard, who, in 1728, was the first to apply a jeweler’s enamel over a thin gold plate, to Aristotle, the famous philosopher, who wrote of an ancient form of braces to straighten teeth.

Fun facts from this fascinating dental history – here are a few more:Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 3.01.06 PM

Due to a popular and ancient myth, Queen Elizabeth believed in something called a ‘dental worm’ that burrowed into teeth and caused sharp pain. To combat this ‘worm” she consumed copious amounts of sugar! She was known to have discolored teeth!

During the Tang Dynasty, the first bristle toothbrush was invented in China and was made from stiff hogs hair!

The earliest known example of dental implants is the Maya Civilization. They used sea shells to replace teeth. (implants placed into the bone or, in this case, the mandible).

From the 5th to the 15th century you could have your dental work done by your barber! ‘Barber-surgeons’ could give you the latest style and pull a few teeth while your hair was drying! This combination profession often performed surgery on the battlefield and in their shops. This the reason barber poles are red and white today!

To learn more about dental history visit the American Dental Association and check out the historical facts dentistry has to offer.

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Top 9 Foods That Can Damage Your Teeth

tumblr_mf3shlmCYn1rsl27po1_1280.jpg http:::mrg.bz:lvJ8zOWhen you grab that snack to eat, it may be the bag of chips you’ve had your eye on, or a chocolate chip cookie, you should know that it may be contributing to tooth decay!

Below, we’ve listed the top 9 foods that can damage your teeth. You can find even more foods you should avoid by visiting mouthhealth.org.

  • Chewing Ice: Surprisingly, your teeth can feel vulnerable after chewing on ice. Since it’s a hard substance, it could damage tooth enamel.
  • Hard Candies: Sweet and delicious but are full of sugar! Did you know they also can contribute to a dental emergency, such as a broken tooth?
  • Sticky foods: Sticky foods, like gummy bears and jelly beans, are more likely to stay on your teeth longer. Tooth decay and other aliments can occur over time. Be sure to brush your teeth and floss after eating these types of foods.
  • Crunchy foods: The classic potato chip is full of starch, which can get trapped in your teeth and can potentially cause damage.
  • Citric fruits and juices: Frequent acidic food intake could be very harmful to your teeth.  Acidic foods can erode tooth enamel over time, making you more susceptible to tooth decay.
  • Alcohol Consumption: Alcohol in excess causes dehydration and dry mouth, which can lead to a reduced saliva flow. A dry mouth is more likely to allow in cavities and other oral infections, like gum disease.
  • Coffee: Adding sugar to your morning coffee can do more harm than good. It can also dry out your mouth and stain your teeth over time.
  • Sugary drinks: Soft drinks have always been known for being consumed with high amounts of sugar. Over time, plaque bacteria uses sugars from those drinks to attack your tooth enamel.
  • Sports Drinks:  They’re great for athletes, but it does have high amounts of sugar. Cavities are more likely to occur if its consumed frequently.

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