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Published on August 25, 2011

Interesting Facts about Dentistry

Dentistry isn’t always the most interesting topic but believe it or not there are some weird and wonderful facts about all things toothy. Here are just a few:

  • A couple of hundred years ago bad teeth were considered to be a rich man’s disease. It was only the rich people who could afford to eat sweet things like Queen Elizabeth I, who had very bad teeth.
  • Before toothbrushes were invented people used twigs or their fingers to brush their teeth.

  • In the dark ages, superstitious people believed they could cure toothache or re-grow a lost tooth by obtaining a tooth from someone else. This tooth would have preferably come from a hanged criminal. It was believed that just the mere possession of such a tooth would work.
  • In the 18th century people would sell their teeth to the rich people, who would then make false teeth with them.
  • The biggest shark species, the whale shark, has the smallest teeth. The 12 metre long whale shark has more than 4,000 teeth, each only 3mm long!

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