Blog Posts Categorized: Fun Facts
The history of dental instruments
Dental instruments are high-tech, specialized and very effective, but they haven’t always been that way! Take a look at the sometimes-questionable tools of the past:
Minnesota tops the charts in dental health
Among other things, Minnesotans are known for pride in their home state – and it’s no wonder, given the amount of “best in the country” lists that Minnesota often finds itself at the top of. Recently, residents got another reason to grin – as Minnesota was ranked No. 1 in the country for overall dental health.
3 reasons why gardening is the perfect metaphor for dental hygiene
There’s just something about digging in the dirt and planting a tiny seed that rows and bears food that is magical to me. Gardening also requires daily maintenance and care, which is why it’s the perfect metaphor for dental hygiene and oral health.
The surprising history of toothpaste
We’ve touched on the origins – and, thankfully, evolution – of the toothbrush, but have you ever wondered about the history of toothpaste? Unsurprisingly, the Egyptians – who also used urine to whiten teeth – were among the first to develop a form of toothpaste. In 5000 BC, pumice, burnt eggshells and powdered oxhooves all were a part of this teeth “cleaning” formula.
Lying through your teeth! Common dental idioms and their origins
Have you ever noticed how many of our everyday idioms mention our mouths or teeth? Many of us know what these common sayings mean – but have you wondered where they came from? We break it down below.
Mmm…Tasty foods and drinks that help prevent cavities
We’ve all heard about the foods that are bad for our teeth – the sugary treats, the acidic drinks, and why it’s important to brush and rinse to help protect your teeth from their harmful effects. But did you know there are tasty foods and drinks that can help prevent cavities, too?
Facts about bunny teeth
Have you ever wondered how animals take care of their teeth? As spring begins to take root, I sat down to chat with the Easter Bunny to learn how she keeps her teeth healthy throughout the year. Did you know that her teeth NEVER stop growing? If she’s not careful, they can grow too long and hurt her jaw! Check out my interview with Ms. Bunny to learn more.
Women in dentistry
Celebrate with us this International Women’s Day as we recognize some of the groundbreaking women in American dentistry! There are far too many women who have made significant impacts on dentistry in America for us to list here, but we’ve tried to touch on some of the earliest pioneers.
Tooth Fairy payouts hit hard times
The Tooth Fairy has tightened her money bag after an all-time high payout last year. According to the Original Tooth Fairy Poll, sponsored by Delta Dental, the Tooth Fairy’s cash gifts in 2017 dropped to an average of $4.13, a 53 cent drop from 2016. Delta Dental’s Original Tooth Fairy Poll typically serves as a good indicator of the economy’s overall direction, tracking with the movement of Standard & Poor’s 500 index (S&P 500) for 12 of the past 14 years.