Fun Facts About Dental Hygiene

Everybody knows that brushing, flossing, and visiting West Village Dental Care are important to maintain proper oral health. There are also a lot of things that people don’t know. We’ve compiled a list of fun facts about dental hygiene to share with you.

Our team at West Village Dental Care along with Dr. Chris Mei is dedicated to providing you with the information and care that you need to keep your mouth healthy. We want to give you the best dental experience possible.

History of Dental Care

Dentistry isn’t as young as you may think. People have always wondered about their teeth and how to keep them healthy.

  • The first dental school was started by Dr. John M. Harris in 1828 in Bainbridge, Ohio.
  • The ancient Egyptian, Hesy-Re, is often considered the first dentist, and is believed to have lived in 2600 BC.
  • Both Hippocrates and Aristotle wrote about dentistry and early dental practices like treating decayed teeth, extractions, and stabilizing loose teeth with wire.
  • · The importance of oral hygiene was first recognized by the Roman Celsus in about 100 BC.
  • Artzney Buchlein wrote the first book entirely about dentistry in 1530 and was published in Germany for those that treat the mouth.
  • Modern dental practices have their roots in the 1700s.
  • John Baker was the first trained American Dentist, setting up a practice in 1760.
  • Paul Revere was a dentist.
  • The first dental drill appeared in 1790.
  • In 1890, Willoughby Miller’s book “Microorganisms of the Human Mouth” outlined the importance of oral hygiene and began the movement for regular brushing and flossing.
  • The first synthetic toothbrush made its debut In 1938; before that they used animal hair!
  • Cosmetic dentistry gained popularity in 1990 and hasn’t stopped since.

Thank goodness dental care has made so much progress! Our teeth are healthier and stronger than ever thanks to these advancements and many more!

Facts About Your Mouth

  • Tooth enamel is the hardest thing in the human body.
  • The average American spends about 39 days in a lifetime brushing their teeth.
  • Kids only have 20 teeth, but adults have 32.
  • We produce enough saliva in our lives to fill up 2 swimming pools.
  • We have about 9,000 taste buds.
  • Saliva helps to wash away harmful bacteria.
  • The tongue is the strongest muscle in the body relative to size.

As you can see, there are many things you probably didn’t know about your mouth and oral hygiene.

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Do you have any more questions about oral care or your mouth? Need to schedule your regular checkup? Give us a call at 313.563.4466 or contact us here today!

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