This Memorial Day, as you enjoy the long weekend with your family and friends, indulge your curiosity with these weird dental facts from My Family Dentistry!
- Ancient Mayans at the height of fashion bejeweled their teeth by chipping out small pieces of enamel and using glue to embed gemstones in the holes.
- Dolphins’ teeth grow in rings as they age, like trees!
- Neolithic humans used beeswax to fill cavities, as evidenced by a recently discovered 6500-year-old mandible found in Slovenia.
- In 1994, an inmate escaped from a West Virginia prison by making a rope out of braided dental floss and scaling the wall of the complex.
- The first commercially manufactured toothbrush came out in 1938, but Chinese artisans produced toothbrushes with animal hair bristles as early as 1498.
- The deep-sea predator Dragonfish not only has a jaw full of fearsome fangs, but also grows several long, sharp teeth in the center of its tongue!
- In the iconic painting “American Gothic” by Grant Wood, the male farmer is actually the artist’s dentist.
- 100 years ago, half of North American adults were toothless. Today, fewer than 10% of adults have lost any of their permanent teeth
- Ancient hunter-gatherers had great teeth – cavities and gum disease started to appear when humans settled down and started practicing agriculture, largely because of changes in diet.
- Toothpaste has come a long way – before modern minty versions, people used ash, charcoal, tobacco, and other abrasives to clean teeth, sometimes sweetened with honey. Urine was even used as a whitening mouthwash by some cultures.!
- You may have heard that horses’ teeth never stop growing, but neither do the teeth of rats, beavers, and aardvarks. All of these animals keep them ground down through chewing.
- Ancient Egyptians created high-quality dental reconstructions out of resin, malachite, gold wire, and donor teeth
- In colonial America, blacksmiths commonly acted as the town dentist. Yikes!
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