These dentistry facts will blow your mind.
Dental care is not all about dental cleanings and dental exams. There are a lot of cool facts and interesting stories in the world of dentistry. Serena Family & Cosmetic Dentistry wants to open your eyes to some fun and interesting facts that you may not have heard before. Take moment and check them out. You may find yourself surprised by what you find.
Five Fun Facts About Dentistry
George Washington’s Teeth Weren’t Wooden – Every kid growing up heard about George Washington’s wooden teeth. We were told that is why he never showed them when he was having his portraits done. Well, what we are told is not always what is actually true. This happens to be one of those times. George Washington did not have wooden teeth. He was without his natural teeth, but his denture replacement was not made out of wood.
In fact, George Washington had four sets of custom dentures to replace his missing teeth, and the bases were made from a mixture of gold, lead, and ivory. The replacement teeth were a selection of human, hippo, and donkey teeth. These are a far cry from the wooden dentures we were told he wore.
The Mayans Invented Dental Implants – Some might have only begun to hear of the dental implant revolution that is sweeping through the dental world. This may lead some to believe that dental implants are a recent invention. This is not the case. Dental implants are pretty old. In fact, they are something like 1,400 years old. The first evidence that we have of dental implants being used comes from the ancient Mayan civilization. The Mayans would take seashells or hard minerals and place them into empty tooth sockets to replace missing teeth.
These were crude and pretty ineffective, but they do show us something that is very important to modern versions of dental implants. These early attempts show evidence that the body tried to integrate these tooth replacements into the existing dental structure. In other words, the body wants to replace missing teeth; we just have to give it a material to work with. That’s why modern dental implants are made from titanium. Titanium has the ability to completely bond with the bone in your jaw. So, dental implants are an ancient idea that needed modern thinking to be effective.
You Can Use Dental Floss to Escape from Prison – Would you ever think dental floss would be a suitable material to scale a wall? We didn’t either – until we read the story of an inmate in a West Virginian prison. In 1994, a man who was incarcerated braided dental floss that he purchased from the prison commissary into a rope. He used the dental floss rope to scale the wall of the prison and escape. There is no estimate on how much dental floss was used, but we can safely assume that he was working on this for quite a while.
Women Smile More Often Than Men – If we asked you who was happier, men or women, what would you say? If you are basing your answer off of how often you find them smiling, you would have to say women. It is estimated that men smile a whopping eight times per day. Women, on the other hand, smile 62 times a day. That is an amazing difference. The moral of this story is if you are hoping to see someone flashing a smile at you, your best bet is to look for a woman nearby.
Snails Have Tiny Mouths but a ton of Teeth – How much do you know about snails? Unless you are coming out of a high school science class or studied some kind of animal biology in college, you probably only know that they are small, slow, and have a shell. What most people don’t know is that snails have a mouth that is extremely tiny (about the size of the head of a pin). Although they have very small mouths, they do not experience any shortage of teeth. In fact, snails can fit up to 25,000 teeth in their pin-sized mouths. Luckily for us, there is no evidence that they are going to begin getting big enough to harm human beings.
Being knowledgeable about your dental care is a big part of having a great smile, but that is not the only knowledge to be found in dentistry. There are interesting things all around us, and the world of dentistry is no different. Call our office today at (858) 800 3909 to find out more about your own dental health or to schedule your appointment.