The Ultimate Dentist Chair
In 1881, a Buffalo, New York dentist, Alfred P. Southwick, learned about an unfortunate gentleman who died as a result of direct contact with live electricity via a generator or a power line.
Spurred on to creative inventiveness, Mr. Southwick tried running an electrical current through a chair. It worked. In 1890, after the first electric chair execution, Mr. Southwick is reported to have said, “There is the culmination of ten years work and study. We live in a higher civilization from this day!”
Our First President was no Wood Sucker
Wood was not one of the materials used in George Washington’s mouth. His dentures consisted of teeth made from hippopotamus, cow, sheep and human teeth. Other substances such as ivory and lead were also used. Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way, and inovation still continues. See the work of Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentist Sam Muslin DDS.
Six Facts about Our Teeth
- Our teeth begin forming prior to our birth
- Enamel is the hardest substance in our body
- Teeth consist of enamel, dentin, cementum and dental pulp, not bone
- 40% of humans over 65 do not have all of their teeth
- Fluoridation prevents cavities
- If you chew your food on the right side, you’re probably right handed. If you chew on the left side, you’re probably left handed
Four Facts about Animal Teeth
- A shark will go through 40 sets of teeth in its lifetime
- Toothbrush bristles originally consisted of hog and cow hair
- Dogs tend to have less tooth decay because their saliva contains a high percentage of pH. This prevents destruction of enamel.
- Walrus tusks are actually canine teeth that never stop growing
Four Facts About Braces
- The first braces were constructed in 1728 by Pierre Fauchard
- The braces used thread to hold together flat metal strips
- Bands were invented in 1841. They consisted of a strip of metal containing a size adjusting screw.
- In 1915, Dr. Edward Angle invented orthodontic brackets. These brackets were little metal hooks attached to bands around the teeth.
- Anyone who had braces prior to 1970, probably had braces similar to those invented by Dr. Angle.
Three Teeth Whitening Facts
- Teeth whitening toothpastes do not bleach your teeth. They make your teeth a little brighter by removing some stains.
- Get your teeth whitening kits from a dentist. They work faster because they contain a stronger bleaching agent than over the counter kits.
- If you have gum disease, you may want to avoid teeth whitening. The process can irritate the gums.