Many people are not familiar with the history of dentistry, but it is actually an interesting history; from the first recorded dentist, Hesy-Ra, an Egyptian who lived around 2600 BC; to Aristotle who wrote of an ancient form of braces.
Here are some more fun facts about the history of dentistry:
Queen Elizabeth was known to have discolored teeth. This is because she, as well as many other people, believed in an ancient myth called a “dental worm.” This worm was believed to burrow into the teeth and cause pain. To combat this, Queen Elizabeth consumed large amounts of sugar.
The first bristle toothbrush was invented in China during the Tang Dynasty and was made from stiff hogs hair!
The Maya Civilization would use seashells to replace teeth. This is the earliest known example of dental implants.
From the 5th to the 15th century you could have your dental work done by your barber! This combination profession often performed surgery on the battlefield and in their shops.
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