3 Fun Facts About Dental Technology

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If you’ve ever been to the dentist, you’ve benefited from thousands of years of improvements in dental technology. From the invention of the toothbrush to laser dentistry, here are 3 fun facts about dental technology.

sticks were used for the first known toothbrushes

1. Tooth Cleaning Tools Evolved From Twigs

Believe it or not, the first tooth-cleaning tools date back to around 3,000 BC, when people used twigs from branches to clean out their teeth. The first toothbrushes were invented in China during the Tang Dynasty, from 619-907. The handles were constructed of bone and the bristles were made of boar’s hair. The toothbrush we know today was made in 1938 and was popularized by American soldiers in World War 2, who were required to maintain their dental health and brought the practice back with them to the states, making brushing a common activity for all Americans.

2. Early Dentists Were Blacksmiths & Barbers

Although there is record of dentistry being performed in ancient Greece and Egypt, dentistry as a practice was often done by blacksmiths and barbers in the nineteenth century. They would remove teeth with tools in their shops with no anesthesia. They didn’t offer teeth whitening services or Invisalign!

3. Pain-Free Dental Procedures are Relatively New

The invention of novocaine in 1903 revolutionized dentistry, making pain-free procedures possible. Prior to this, people would have nothing to numb the pain, or they might ingest whiskey to get through a tooth extraction. Today we have several options for sedation available, from laughing gas to IV sedation, there’s an option for anyone who doesn’t want to be uncomfortable. It makes you wonder how people dealt with dental visits in the nineteenth century and before!

Dental Technology at Edgewater Dental Arts

Although we’ve come a long way since the beginning of dentistry, technology is still evolving. That’s why it’s important for you to see a dentist that stays on the leading edge of new developments in dentistry. Doing so will save you time and make appointments more enjoyable. If you have questions about what technology we employ at Edgewater Dental Arts, call us. We’ll happily give you a tour and detail the lengths we go to to provide comfortable, sustainable, and prompt service and dental treatments. Call today to schedule an appointment!

Dr. John Cutting

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.