Monthly Archives: May 2014

Evolution of Braces

By |2017-03-21T13:45:40+00:00May 29th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Did you know that even in ancient times, people wanted to improve the look and function of their smiles? Element Dental thinks of modern orthodontic appliances as sleek, efficient technology, but this was not always so! Ancient Times: From Greece to Rome According to The Angle Orthodontist, Aristotle and Hippocrates first thought about methods for [...]

Kissing a Donkey and Spitting on a Frog

By |2017-03-21T13:51:59+00:00May 28th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Tooth Worms and Eternal Suffering. In the throes of agonising toothache, could you imagine kissing the teeth of a living donkey in an attempt to cure yourself? If you can't, that's understandable - but it's exactly what you would have done in the 14th century... and much more besides. The cures for toothache in the [...]

A Dentist Invented the Electric Chair

By |2017-03-21T13:57:26+00:00May 21st, 2014|Uncategorized|

Now I know why no one wants to sit in my dental chair! In the late 19th century, prisons across the country were looking for ways to more humanely deal with executing criminals. In 1881, noted dentist Dr. Alfred P. Southwick from Buffalo, New York, witnessed an event that would end up changing criminal executions [...]

Germ Encrusted Tooth Brush

By |2017-03-21T14:14:55+00:00May 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|

You’ve probably heard the story about toothbrushes and toilets. The theory goes that even if it is several feet away, airborne germs from a toilet flush will infect your toothbrush with fecal bacteria. It sounds pretty scary, and many people now make sure to close the cover of their toilet before they flush. The problem [...]

Cotton Candy AKA Fairy Floss

By |2017-03-21T14:21:32+00:00May 14th, 2014|Uncategorized|

The cotton candy machine which made it possible for cotton candy to be widely consumed was co-invented by a dentist. Before it was cotton candy, the fluffy confection was called “fairy floss.” Cotton candy was first recorded in Europe in the 18th century. At that time, spun sugar was an expensive, labor-intensive endeavor and was [...]

Colgate’s Unique Flossing Ad

By |2017-03-21T14:25:54+00:00May 13th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Colgate has created a very ingenious advertising campaign to promote their dental floss, take some time to appreciate the following images. Alright now that you had time to observe these images; in the first one you will notice the man is missing an ear. In the second the lady has one too many fingers on [...]

Flossing your Teeth

By |2017-03-21T14:29:57+00:00May 12th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Many people assume you should brush your teeth right after eating, as that is when you have the most buildup on your teeth. However, it’s also when you have the highest amount of acid in your saliva, which, when combined with the abrasions of brushing, can actually assist in wearing away the enamel of your [...]

Perez the Mouse

By |2017-03-21T14:32:51+00:00May 8th, 2014|Uncategorized|

In many parts of the world, when a child loses a tooth, the Tooth Fairy comes to collect it and leaves money in its place. However, in Hispanic countries they have a different tradition. It all started in 1894 in Spain when the king’s little son lost his first tooth. The king, wishing to mark [...]

First Toothbrushes and Toothpaste

By |2017-03-21T14:36:21+00:00May 7th, 2014|Uncategorized|

While we haven’t always had the fancy electrified gizmos of today, our species has been trying to keep our teeth nice and clean for quite a long time. Evidence has been found that as far back as Ancient Egypt people were using primitive tools made from twigs to brush their teeth. Many countries still use [...]

Medieval Dentists

By |2017-03-21T14:40:31+00:00May 6th, 2014|Uncategorized|

"This is how to keep your teeth: gather the grains of a leek, burn them with henbane, and direct the smoke thereof to your teeth with a funnel, as if smoking a pipe." (Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum (c. 13th century) Some people believed that toothaches were caused by tiny worms that got in your teeth, and [...]