|The practice of dentistry and the products we use on our teeth have a long and interesting history. Learn all about dentistry's roots and much more by exploring the links below.|
Can you believe toothbrushes started out as toothpicks and chewing sticks made from twigs or bone with animal hair bristles? It's true! We now have a wide variety of colorful toothbrushes to choose from, but it wasn't always this way.
Floss has been used to remove food from between teeth long before people realized the oral health benefits of doing so. What started out as more of a toothpick has made quite a transformation over the years.
Early Egyptians, Chinese, Greek and Roman writings describe different mixtures of toothpastes and powders used to clean teeth. Typical ingredients included crushed bone, ox hooves' ashes, burnt egg, oyster shells, powdered fruit, honey and dried flowers. Today's options not only feature more effective ingredients, they taste better, too!
Dentistry sure has come a long way! It has evolved over the past 125 years to become the state-of-the-art practice we know today.