Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Fun Facts about Dentistry--


Fun Facts about Dentistry

By Susan Stype, Education Consultant Tutor Doctor Longmont

 

March 6th is Dentist’s Day. Dentist's Day is a day to display a big, toothy smile. After all, your Dentist plays a role in that big, bright smile. He's an important person in keeping your smile bright, and your teeth and mouth healthy.  

 

 

1. Toothbrushes were invented in China approximately 500 years ago. Before toothpaste was invented about 100 years ago, people used other substances to clean their teeth, including ashes, lemon juice, chalk and charcoal. The first tubes of toothpaste were made of metal.

2. Dentists have created various inventions related to tooth and mouth care over the years, including the toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss, but a dentist is also responsible for the invention of the electric chair. Alfred P. Southwick, a dentist and dental educator, witnessed an accident in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1881 wherein a drunk man died almost instantly after touching an electrical generator. He joined with Buffalo doctor George Fell to experiment on electricity as a more humane means of putting humans to death; their experiments and political interests caused the electric chair to become a legal form of the death penalty by 1889.

3. Evidence of stone tools and fossilized human remains provides evidence of dental work that dates as far back as 3000 B.C. Remains from the Aztec culture show that cavities were filled with a mixture of iron filings, water and lint. Dentists in ancient Rome were installing gold crowns and bridgework into their patients' mouths. In early America, blacksmiths often performed many of the duties of dentists. The first female dentist licensed in America was Lucy Hobbs in 1866.
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