Dental hygiene and oral health are serious and important matters, but that doesn’t mean they’re boring. Here are seven unusual facts and tips about dental health that you probably didn’t know:
- Cleaning Teeth Is Nothing New. According to theHistory Channel, people have been cleaning their teeth since as far back as 5,000 B.C. in ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece. The toothbrush with nylon fibers as we know it today was developed in 1938, and the practice of brushing teeth regularly took off in the U.S. after World War II.
- Beware the Tooth Worm. Believe it or not, people all over the world used to believe that toothaches were caused by (non-existent)tooth worms. In fact, a belief in tooth worms can be traced back to Babylonian times and was present throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. This was perpetuated by enterprising “tooth worm hunters” who would scrape out the “worms” for a fee.
- Say “Cheese!”Did you know that the average man smiles just eight times each day, compared to the average woman who smiles about 62 times each day? Adults have nothing on kids, though. According to Delta Dental, children smile, on average, about 400 times/day.
- Where You Put Your Toothbrush Matters.Be careful about storing your toothbrush in the same holder as other family members’ brushes, because germs can be spread that way. WebMD suggests keeping brushes at least one inch apart from each other. Brushes should also be kept at least six feet away from the toilet bowl and the lid should always be down when the toilet is flushed to avoid spreading germs from the toilet to your toothbrush.
- Use Dental Floss for What?!In 1994, a West Virginia prison inmate braided dental floss into a thick rope and used it daringly to make his escape from prison (he was later recaptured).
- Tooth Enamel Is Strong! Tooth enamel is actually considered to be the strongest material in the human body, harder than even your bones. Of course, bacteria and acids in the foods we eat can weaken our tooth enamel, which is why it is so important to take good care of teeth through preventive maintenance.
- Barbers and Blacksmiths as Dentists. Before we had licensed dentists and dedicated oral hygienists and other dental professionals, people would visit the local barber or blacksmith when their teeth were bothering them. These tradesmen often had no medical training at all! Thank goodness for advances in modern medicine, dental knowledge, and skill.
Trust Kennedy Dental Group for Your Family’s Dentistry Needs
At Kennedy Dental Group in Chapel Hill, NC, we are as passionate about taking care of our patients’ dental health as we are about educating people about oral hygiene. We have been providing preventive care and professional treatment to our clients since 1967, so you can be confident that your teeth are in capable, experienced hands when you visit.
Kennedy Dental Group located in Chapel Hill, NC, has been providing dental treatment and preventative care to their clients since 1967. Call Kennedy Dental at (919) 967-9291 to schedule an appointment today.