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Unique Facts About The History of Dental Health

July 26th, 2017

Going to the dentist at least twice a year hasn’t always been a cultural norm, and it still isn’t standard practice for many people in today’s society; especially for those who don’t have dental care coverage. Dental practices and products have evolved immensely over time...for the better that is. We didn’t always have over 50 toothbrushes and toothpaste flavors to choose from. As time and science has progressed, so has our knowledge and care for our teeth. If you are taking good care of your teeth, then you are brushing at least twice a day, flossing every day and visiting an oral care practitioner on a regular basis.

Since our dental care practices have not always been what they are today, we thought we’d share 10 of our favorite historical facts about your teeth. Who doesn’t love some good fun facts, and you never know, maybe you can use some of these to impress your friends at the next trivia night!

  1. Most Americans did not brush their teeth every day until after World War 2. In WW2, the military required soldiers to brush their teeth twice a day, and they brought that habit home after the war.

  2. In Medieval Germany, the only cure for a toothache was to kiss a donkey. Pucker up

  3. The cotton candy making machine was co-invented by a dentist. Before it was cotton candy, it was called “fairy floss!”

  4. The world’s oldest recipe for toothpaste is from Egypt in 400 AD. The formula included mint, salt, grains of pepper and dried iris flower.

  5. Archeologists have evidence of the first dental fillings in teeth from people who lived between 7,500 and 9,000 years ago.

  6. About 2,500 years ago the Mayans bejeweled their teeth using early drills.

  7. Neolithic humans used beeswax to fill in cavities in their teeth.

  8. In the early 1800s being a full time dentist did not exist. Instead the job fell on blacksmiths and barbers to perform dental work.

  9. King Tut’s wisdom teeth helped scientists determine that he was around 19 years old when he died.

  10. Napoleon and Julius Caesar were born with natal teeth (teeth which are present in the oral cavity at the time of birth)

  11. Contrary to popular belief, George Washington’s dentures were made from human, cow and horse teeth and ivory.

  12. Orthodontics was the first recognized specialty in dentistry

How many of these facts did you already know or which one was your favorite? Share with us in the comments below!


  1. https://www.deltadentalnc.com/MediaLibraries/Global/documents/Delta-Dental-Tooth-Tips-BF.pdf

  2. http://www.centurystonedental.com/fun-dental-facts/

  3. http://www.hudsonvalley.org/community/blogs/cotton-candy-toothy-history-classic-circus-treat

  4. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&ved=0ahUKEwiH-vzY5ZHVAhUI-GMKHRimDQsQFggyMAM&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.deltadentalar.com%2F_literature_124137%2FHistory_Of_Dentistry&usg=AFQjCNHdBAm0uDAL7pLsMa8RoItRBtQMew

  5. http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/Renaissance_RAA_Tooth_Tips_Flyer_Hires.pdf

  6. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/05/090518-jeweled-teeth-picture.html

  7. https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22285-oldest-dental-filling-is-found-in-a-stone-age-tooth/

  8. http://listverse.com/2014/01/27/10-weird-facts-about-teeth/

  9. http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2005/06/king-tut/williams-text

  10. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2005/jan/12/familyandrelationships.lifeandhealth

  11. http://www.mountvernon.org/george-washington/the-man-the-myth/the-trouble-with-teeth/?gclid=CjwKCAjwtdbLBRALEiwAm8pA5VSRiK76-sOYA3V_Q5sNHrlMVvX0WRIL7W95S0isio5TIQHdOW0A1BoCe_MQAvD_BwE

  12. http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/early-orthodontics/article/interesting-facts-from-the-history-of-orthodontics-1014

Tips To Keep Your Teeth Clean While On A Summer Adventure

July 5th, 2017

Summer break is officially here, which means it’s time to head out on those adventures and trips you’ve been planning for months!  Whether you’re about to take a road trip, go camping with friends, or spend the week on the beach, your normal routine may get thrown off. But that doesn't mean your dental hygiene has to fall by the wayside. In fact, the health of your teeth and gums should never fall by the wayside. Follow these tips to keep your teeth clean all summer long, even when you don’t have running water and haven’t showered in days.

Test and boil your water

Not all adventures will allow you access to running water and you may run out of your supply. If you anticipate this happening, have a test kit and pot ready. You can purchase a test kit from your local sporting good store or online. Testing and boiling the water means clean drinking, free of contaminants that can be found in rivers and lakes.

Go travel size!

Backpacking for a week and trying to pack as light as possible? Cut down on weight and save room for other accessories with a travel sized toothbrush and toothpaste. Yes, we know your regular toothbrush and toothpaste is small as it is, but when you are backpacking, any weight you can cut and space you can save is worth the purchase.

Store your toothbrush in a clean place

Storing your toothbrush properly is important for two reasons:

  1. It keeps your brush clean and dry.

  2. And, the smell of mint toothpaste can attract animals.

Keeping your toothbrush clean while also blocking the mint smell and keeping the critters away is the way to go. For shorter adventures like day hikes, consider using a ziplock bag. This way you can easily throw the bag away once you get home. For longer trips, when you are going to be gone multiple nights, invest in a plastic toothbrush container that you can find at almost any drug store. They are cheap, easy to clean and can be used for all your summer adventures!

Brush away from your campsite

After you’ve roasted your hot dogs and indulged in a s’more or five, your teeth are going to need some TLC. When you go to brush your teeth for the night, make sure you do so far away from where you set up camp. As we already mentioned before, that mint smell that leaves are breath so fresh and clean also has a way of drawing in unwanted furry friends. The last thing you want is a bear waking you up at 3am because he found the scent of your toothpaste within your campsite

4 Awesome Summer Drinks Instead of Soda

June 14th, 2017

As the temperatures slowly begin to rise, so does the need for cool, refreshing summertime beverages. Whether relaxing while floating the Deschutes or hanging out at a BBQ, soda is commonly what we reach for as a way to beat the summer heat. Like spending too much time in the sun, drinking too much soda is not optimal for our health.

Consuming too much soda can lead to cavities and lifelong tooth sensitivity, consequently causing you more trips to the dentist as well. Ideally, it’s best not to drink soda at all, which is easier said than done, depending on how much you already drink. We’ve rounded up a list of sugar-free substitutes to help keep you hydrated and healthy all summer long!

Lemon-Lime “Soda”

If citrus flavored soda usually your go to for quenching your thirst, try this alternative recipe from Everyday Health. It is sure to satisfy that same lemon-lime taste, without all the excess sugar.

Items needed:

Seltzer Water

1 Lemon

1 Lime

Stevia-based sweetener


  1. Slice lemon and lime

  2. Pour 8 oz of seltzer water into a glass

  3. Add lemon and lime slices, small amount of sweetener to taste

  4. Stir and sip!

Makes 1 serving

Dreamsicle Water

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy that delicious dreamsicle taste! This recipe from Yahoo will take you back to your childhood days and will be a drink you want to make all summer long for your friends and family.

Items needed:


Vanilla Extract

Mason Jar



1. Slice your orange into thin slices

2. Add two slices to a mason jar.

3. Add a splash of vanilla extract

4. Muddle

5. Add water and shake. Enjoy!

Makes 1 serving

Grape Soda

We’ll let your tastebuds do the talking on this one, but we think this grape soda recipe from Build Your Bite is even tastier than your store-bought, sugar-packed version.

Items needed:

1/2 cup unsweetened grape juice

1 cup sparkling water (carbonated water)

1/2 teaspoon fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon maple syrup


1. Combine all ingredients in a glass and stir well, serve over ice!

Makes 1 serving

Infused Water

It is crucial to consume plenty of water throughout the year for a variety of health benefits, and with water the possibilities for infusion are endless. “Healthy, hydrating, and homemade,” these 14 recipes from Buzzfeed will help inspire your next concoction. Don’t hold back, give them all a try this summer!

5 Foods to Avoid with Braces

April 28th, 2017

Life with braces isn’t drastically different than life without them. However, there are a few food items you will need to say a temporary goodbye to eating. Certain foods can do serious damage to your braces and create unnecessary trips to the orthodontist's office to fix broken brackets or loose wires. But don’t panic! The list of foods you can eat heavily outweighs the list you should avoid.

The first week with braces can be the most uncomfortable. While your teeth are adjusting to the new hardware in your mouth, your diet will mainly consist of only soft foods for a few days. After the initial adjustment period has passed, you can begin eating “regular” food again--with the exception of a few things. Here are five of the top braces-damaging food culprits that you should take caution towards while you have braces.

Sticky and Hard Candies

First off, you’ll need to say “so long” to caramels, taffy, and gummy-anything candies! Soft and chewy candies like these can cause the brackets and wires on your braces to slowly become loose and wobbly, disrupting the dental correction process. If hard candies like jolly ranchers or jawbreakers are your weakness, be ready to cut those out as well. Pieces of hard candies can get lodged in between the brackets and your teeth, and, even worse, they can completely break a bracket. Just look at it as taking a short, healthy break from sugar!

Hard Snacks

Crunchy snacks like popcorn, corn chips, pretzels, hard crusts, and crackers are tasty, but can bring on quite a battle with your braces. Imagine sitting down in a movie theater with a bag of popcorn and suddenly a bracket from one of your braces pops off from the hard kernel you just chomped down on! Not only do you miss out on finishing your bag of popcorn and movie, but now you’ll need to make a trip to the orthodontist. A good alternative for all you popcorn lovers is Pirate's Booty-very similar to popcorn, but without kernels that can embed in gum tissues and unpopped kernels that can debond brackets.

Chewing Gum

This one may go without saying, but we couldn't leave chewing gum off the list. Aside from the issue of it getting stuck in your braces, chewing gum can also bend the wires out of shape. This disrupts and prolongs the dental correction process. Bent wire = no straight teeth. So if you really love the minty fresh breath that gum provides, try something new and go with a mint--it will give you the fresh breath, but without the harm to your teeth!

Jerky and Nuts

Thick jerkies and nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and macadamia nuts are not your friends when you have braces. Eating beef jerky can loosen the wires and brackets of your braces because it is so tough to eat. Same goes for eating most kinds of nuts. Nuts are very hard and small, two challenging things to eat with braces. If you are a nut lover, try getting your fix through a nut butter or spread. That way you can get the taste and nutrients from the nuts, but without doing damage to your brackets or wires!

Raw, Hard Fruits and Vegetables

Although they’re high in nutritional value, eating raw fruits and vegetables can be complicated with braces. Biting into a crunchy apple is challenging enough without brackets and wires on your teeth. This isn’t to say you should cut out raw fruits and vegetables from your diet, but they are going to require a little extra preparation while you have braces. Try cutting fruits like apples and pears into small, bite-sized chunks for a grab and go snack. If you love eating carrots and corn on the cob, cut and cook the carrots and cut the corn kernels off the cob before eating. And if you think these extra steps are just too much, there is always the option to drink your fruits and veggies by using a juicer. Yes, just because you have braces doesn’t mean you get to skip out on eating your fruits and veggies!


In the end, the list of foods you should avoid eating isn’t very long, and your body will thank you for cutting them out in the end. Having straight and beautiful teeth will make giving up these foods worth it! If you do end up damaging your braces, we’re here for you. And don’t worry--we won’t say, “We told you so!”

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