Dental Fun Facts By Jeffrey S. Kearney DDS on March 09, 2015

Dental Fun Facts


During the middle ages barbers doubled as dentists, pulled teeth often hung in barber shops.


Teeth are the hardest substance in the human body.


Tooth decay is the second most common disease, the common cold is #1.


A middle age custom was to kiss a donkey to cure a tooth ache.


George Washington's dentures were made partially from hippopotamus teeth.


The most commonly forgotten item by travelers is their tooth brush.


A mosquito has 47 teeth.


The saying "cat got your tongue" originated in Assyria 2500 years ago.  Assyrian soldiers would cut out the tongues of criminals and feed them to the King's cat.


Earliest tooth brushes date to 3500 B.C. Babylonians and Egyptians brushed using a stick. They would chew the end of the stick until it became soft like a brush.


A person will create enough saliva in their lifetime to fill an average size swimming pool twice.





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