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fun facts

Strictly for Your Entertainment


Every now and then it’s a good idea to have fun with may be considered a rather boring subject.  Dental information could fall into that category. But, as you’ve seen in previous posts, being aware of some of the sillier side of dental history can be fun as well as interesting.  Also, it makes for a great way to engage the sometimes uncooperative younger members in your house to loosen up while they learn about the importance of good dental hygiene.


See if you or your kids are aware of these must know entertaining dental facts:

evolution of the toothbrush

evolution of the toothbrush


  • The first toothbrush with bristles was developed in China in 1948. The bristles were taken from hogs, and later, horses and badgers. Nylon bristles were introduced in 1938 by Dupont.



  • In Vermont, it’s illegal for women to wear false teeth without the written permission of their husband.


  • During the Dark Ages (400-1400 AD), popular belief was that you could grow a lost tooth by obtaining a tooth from someone else – ideally from a hanged criminal.


  • 1950’s heart throb, James Dean, had no front teeth! He wore a bridge.


  • These are two other common tooth remedies from ancient times:
  1.      For toothaches, boil earthworms in oil and put oil drops in your ear.
  2.      To make loose teeth firm, tie a frog to your jaw.


When you take the time to find fun things about what might be considered a dull subject, it puts a new light on the topic.  Sharing these facts about dental hygiene, dental health, or other dental-related mysteries make great conversation starters.  You might want to look up a few of your own and make a game of it.


We’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides addition important dental information. Why not get your copy now? The Parent’s Guide to Children’s Oral Health is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.


Also, for added information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at West Olds Dental at (587) 855-4747 or click here to visit our website.


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