Brushing your teeth daily in the old days wasn’t a normal thing. Taking care of your teeth was either unheard of or no one knew enough about it to have good dental health. Some of the early dental practices are so unusual they are spooky! To celebrate Halloween, here are a 5 spooky facts about dental history.
Brushing teeth daily was not a common occurrence. It wasn’t until after World War 2 that people started picking up this habit. The military required soldiers to brush their teeth twice a day, and so they brought this habit home after the war. Thank goodness they did too. Brushing twice daily is so important. It’s a habit, that if taught early and correctly, can lead to a lifetime of good dental health.
Some old wives tales make a little more sense than others. Like “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But a belief during medieval Germany was that the only cure for a toothache was to kiss a donkey. Not as believable as the other is it? If you have a toothache, don’t kiss a donkey! Contact one of the best dentists in Ballwin to help take the pain away.
George Washington’s Teeth
Another tall tale is that George Washington had wooden dentures. This is totally untrue. They were actually made from human, cow and horse teeth, and ivory. Today, dentures are made pretty sturdy. They are made out of porcelain or acrylic resin, not other people’s teeth. Contact our office today to find out more about this service we provide!
Ancient Cosmetic Dentistry
About 2,500 years ago, the Mayans took cosmetic dentistry to a whole new level. They used advanced tools to actually make their teeth into new and unusual shapes. They even bejeweled their teeth. If you want to make your teeth look beautiful and sparkly, may we suggest teeth whitening, or even porcelain veneers? Try staying away from the bejeweled look. Your Ballwin cosmetic dentist has different options for you to choose from if you’re looking to turn that ordinary smile into extraordinary.
THe Origin of Cotton Candy
Cotton candy is a sweet favorite adored by adults and children alike. At times it even reminds us adults of our childhood. Did you know the cotton candy making machine was co-invented by a dentist? Before it was called cotton candy, it was called “fairy floss.” Be sure and brush your teeth after having cotton candy and all the other sweets you will be indulging on this time of year. Enjoy it all in moderation and have a fun and spooky Halloween!
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