In a series of Saskatoon dental articles, the team at Neesh Dental shares interesting dental information and education. In our latest post, we share 8 interesting dental history facts.
Dental History Facts from the Saskatoon dentists at Neesh Dental
- The average amount of money left by the tooth fairy in 1950 was 25 cents. In 1988 it was $1.00, the going rate now is $2.00.
- The most valuable tooth belonged to Sir Isaac Newton. In 1816 one of his teeth was sold in London for $3,633, or in today’s terms $35,700. The tooth was set in a ring! (source: Guinness World Records 2002).
- 1882 was the year commercial floss was first manufactured.
- The earliest dentist known by name is Hesi-Re. He lived in Egypt over 5,000 years ago.
- The first toothbrushes were tree twigs. Chewing on the tips of the twigs spread out the fibres, which were then used to clean the teeth.
- Ancient Greeks used pumice, talc, alabaster, coral powder or iron rust as toothpaste.
- George Washington never had wooden teeth. His dentures were made of gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory and human teeth!
- In 1905, Dental Assistant Irene Newman was trained to clean teeth. She became the first Dental Hygienist.
A Long History of Progress in DentistryDental history is fascinating, however, we’ve come a long way since the days of coral powder and iron rust toothpaste, so take advantage of it! Every tool needed to have a great healthy smile is readily available to you if you choose to use them.
At Neesh Dental in Saskatoon, a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime is our ultimate goal when treating patients. Your personal home care plays an important role in achieving that goal. Our team of Saskatoon dentists and support staff try to always share interesting articles, dental facts and dental hygiene tips so you can take good care of your teeth. Contact us today to book a Saskatoon dental appointment.