Dental History

The dental industry has come a long way. Did you know the first bristle toothbrushes were made with horse or hog bristle? Don’t worry. Today synthetic fibers are used. As kids we were told about George Washington’s wooden false teeth. They actually consisted of bone, hippopotamus ivory, human teeth, brass screws, lead, and even gold metal wire. Dentistry goes back even further. Hippocrates and Aristotle wrote about dentistry, including the eruption pattern of teeth, treating decayed teeth, and gum disease. 6,500 years ago- beeswax was used for fillings. Thankfully, dentistry has come a long way since then. Could you imagine having a tooth removed without anesthetics?

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