Unique Facts About The History of Dental Health

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

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