A Quick History Lesson
- 3,000 B.C.: Hesi-Re, the world’s earliest known dentist, sets up shop in Egypt. He hands out crude toothbrushes made from twigs and leaves.
- 500 B.C.: Ancient Greeks develop one of the world’s first toothpastes, creating a mixture that contained iron rush and coral powder to clean their teeth. In China, early dentists mix soot, honey, crushed egg shells and ground ox’s hooves to deliver Asia’s first tooth cleaning paste.
- 1,000 A.D.: A majority of people believe tooth pain is caused by tiny tooth worms instead of cavities.
- 1498: Chinese dentists develop the world’s first bristle toothbrush by attaching coarse boar hairs to handles made of bamboo or bone.
- 1945: A majority of Americans begin brushing their teeth daily.
Dental care and knowledge has come a long, long way over the last 5,000 years. Today, Americans are spending on average 38.5 total days of their lives brushing their teeth, a time investment that can lead to a lifetime of strong oral health. Nearly all Americans know the immense benefits of teeth brushing, but do you know these lesser known facts about teeth?
Facts About Teeth You Might Not Know
Knowledge is power, and these facts [ . . . ]
CDC Study Finds Almost 40% of America’s Kids Using Too Much Toothpaste
By Clete Campbell
Too much toothpaste can be dangerous to kids’ oral health.
Say what, Doc?
Parents may do a double take at the news, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Controls and Preventions reports America’s children are brushing their teeth with so much toothpaste that it’s unhealthy.
A CDC study released February 1 found nearly 40 percent of kids ages 3 to 6 use more toothpaste [ . . . ]
Left unchecked without moderation in consumption, citric acid is gasoline on teeth, mixing as well as oil and water, wildfires and homes.
What tastes so sweet today can leave a bitter aftertaste on your dental health later and for years to come.
We’re not trying to give all sugars and citric acids a bad name here or incur the wrath of the American Beverage Association. [ . . . ]
No Better Time Than Now to Focus on Dental Hygiene
Toothbrushing is one of those routine daily exercises most of us don’t give a second thought to. To be honest, I’m often on autopilot while brushing my teeth.
But just going through the motions while brushing our teeth is a prime missed opportunity to protect our teeth from cavities and plaque, but also to improve our general overall oral health. Sleepy toothbrushing leads to missed plaque, [ . . . ]
Tooth be told, America is fighting a relentless battle against cavities and oral diseases. The good news is Iowans boast some of the country’s brightest, whitest and healthiest smiles.
Toothbrush.org ranks the Hawkeye State as having the 13th [ . . . ]
We are extremely excited to announce the arrival of our new Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) machine here at the Family Dental Center. This allows our doctors to view our patients 3 dimensionally. As always using the best technology gives our patients the best care possible.
William Shakespeare would call the dilemma “To floss or not to floss?” For the work weary, child-raising, exhausted parent, the answer is usually, “Not me.”
They are not alone. Most Americans neglect flossing, and few realize its value in the fight against gum disease. A new Delta Dental Survey found only 40 percent of Americans (4 in 10) floss daily, and 1 [ . . . ]
Half Of America’s Population Fighting Periodontitis, Most Without Knowing It
If you don’t have periodontitis, statistics say your spouse does. If your mom doesn’t have periodontitis, chances are 50-50 your dad does.
The cold hard statistics of this U.S. health epidemic are half of Americans age 30 or older have periodonitis, the advanced form of gum disease, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control statistics. That equals 64.7 million Americans feeling major [ . . . ]
In plain sight, the problem spreads, worsens and often leads to irreparable damage. Too many people never see it coming, even if their enamel try their best to warn them.
One in four Americans are unsuspecting living with untreated tooth decay, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. This is one surprise dentists dread giving to patients. Yet, three million [ . . . ]
Call a water pick a gentle battle axe in the battle against plaque.
Let’s face it, our teeth can’t get enough help in the battle against plaque. Many dentists recommend water picks as a complimentary weapon to floss.
Water flossing utilizes a special machine that directs a stream of water into the mouth and gums. Instead of scraping the teeth to remove plaque, water flossing uses the pressure [ . . . ]