Posts for: March, 2016
Dentistry has changed a great deal over the course of time; From Hesy-Re, the first recorded dentist from 2600 BC Egypt, to philosopher Aristole's writings about an ancient form of orthodontics, to Pierre Fauchard, the father of modern dentistry, who introduced dental fillings as a treatment for cavities back in the 1700s, there are many interesting stories about dentistry from history.
Here are a few fascinating facts:
• The first known toothbrush was invented during the Tang Dynasty of China. Its bristles were made from stiff hogs hair!
• The earliest known example of dental implants came from the Maya Civilization, who used sea shells to replace missing teeth.
• Dental work was conducted by barber-surgeons back between the 5th and 15th centuries. The traditional red and white striped barber pole may have symbolized the bloodletting performed by barbers and the bandages used to stem the bleeding.
• In Queen Elizabeth's time, tooth decay was believed to be the result of a worm that burrowed into teeth. The Queen attempted to fight it through the consumption of large amounts of sugar, resulting in the discolored teeth she was later known for.
You may have heard the story about how George Washington had wooden teeth, but the tale is not entirely true. While the base of his dentures were made from wood, which was commonly used at the time, the teeth themselves were actual human teeth; likely originating from soldiers who had fallen in battle.
While Washington's teeth are likely the most famous, he wasn't the only U.S. president with an interesting dental history. Rumor has it that Abraham Lincoln was so frightened of dentists that he decided to attempt a tooth extraction on his own. In the process, he removed a part of his jawbone, teaching him the lesson that some things are best left to the professionals.
Other presidents with oral health problems include John Adams and Woodrow Wilson. The former neglected his teeth and wound up losing them, resulting in him speaking with a pronounced lisp, while Wilson's ghastly teeth shocked people when they saw his inaugural photo.
We hope you enjoyed some of these facts about dentistry and our past presidents.
We hope you found some of these dental facts about our past presidents enjoyable, and learned a little bit about the importance of taking care of your teeth. For more interesting information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Or, to learn a bit about modern dentistry, visit our website for information on the types of services we offer. As always, Dr. Sazima will be happy to help you at our Westlake, OH office.