Dental care is not all about dental cleanings and dental exams. There are a lot of cool dentistry facts and interesting that you don’t know.
Serena Family & Cosmetic Dentistry wants to open your eyes to some fun and interesting dentistry facts that you may not have heard before. Take a couple of minutes and check them out.
You may find yourself surprised by what you find.
5 Fun Dentistry Facts
1. 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.
2. 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.
Dentistry facts tell us that 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.
3. 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, an inmate by the name of Robert Dale Shepard 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.
4. 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. Well, according to a research by Medical daily, men’s smile a whopping eight times per day. Women, on the other hand, smile 62 times a day. That is an amazing difference!