Posts Tagged: history


April 18th, 2018

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.

April 11th, 2018

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.

February 18th, 2018

Presidential teeth

Presidents Day, originally created to celebrate George Washington’s birthday, is a day set aside to remember all those who have served as leaders for our country. You’ve probably learned about our former presidents’ accomplishments – but did you ever learn about their teeth? From dentures made with hippopotamus tusks to top-secret mouth surgery, our presidents’ teeth history is pretty interesting

August 21st, 2017

Dental discoveries unearthed by archaeologists

Teeth can tell a lot about a person - even when they've been dead for thousands of fo years. Here are a few fascinating facts archeologists have dug up about teeth

February 14th, 2017

Presidential teeth

Presidents Day, originally created to celebrate George Washington’s birthday, is a day set aside to remember all those who have served as leaders for our country. You’ve probably learned about our former presidents’ accomplishments – but did you ever learn about their teeth?

February 7th, 2017

Tooth fairies around the world!

Learn about the History of oral health: Tooth fairies all around the world

February 3rd, 2017

America’s first African-American dentist: Robert Tanner Freeman

Freeman was born to former slaves in 1846 in Washington, DC. At a young age, Freeman became an apprentice to local dentist Henry Bliss Noble. When he was old enough, Noble encouraged Freeman to apply to colleges to become a fully trained and certified dentist.

January 26th, 2017

The history of dental floss

We all know dental floss, that ever-important tool to cleaning mouths of bacteria, plaque and other build-up. But did you ever wonder how it came to be?

January 17th, 2017

Dental fillings: An abbreviated history

Composite and Amalgam are standard fillings these days, but centuries ago, dentist had to get a little more creative when treating tooth decay.