We actually don’t give all that much believed to our teeth, beyond the right of hopefully flossing and cleaning, despite socializing with them many times daily. Hopefully, that’ll change after going through this post. As we’ve told you before, George Washington didn’t really have wooden teeth. Yet, he did have an incredibly daunting array of dentures made from various metals and animal and individual teeth, and he functions as a caution to any who don’t take good care of these chompers. So catch the brush and join us as we investigate the fascinating world of teeth.
Perez The Mouse
In several portions of the whole world, when a kid loses a tooth, the Tooth Fairy comes to gather it and leaves cash in its place. Yet, in Hispanic states, they possess an alternative tradition.
The king, wanting to mark this special occasion, had a priest named Luis Coloma to compose a story for the child about losing his tooth. The story was very successful and continues to be treasured by Hispanic youngsters. The English translation is here.
Interestingly, while many Hispanic states make use of the same mouse, his techniques change. For instance, the kids in Argentina don’t set their teeth under their pillow, but in a glass of plain water. Seemingly the small critter gets thirsty and these considerate kids are setting a beverage out for him. And in many states, he is called the “magic mouse” instead of just Perez.
Back before modern dental science, people still had problems with their teeth, but oftentimes there wasn’t anything approaching an actual dentist around. In the early 1800’s there wasn’t even such a thing as a specific dental profession, and there certainly wasn’t anything in the way of licensing. What this meant is that many people only went to the dentist if they had a toothache and extractions were common.
Because dentists didn’t exist yet, the job fell to those who had the appropriate tools. For this reason, blacksmiths and barbers performed the majority of dental work. Of course, as time went on and the dental profession truly began, actual dentists became irritated at barbers and others who continued to practice without serious training, and now full licensing requirements mean you can no longer go to the village blacksmith to get your tooth pulled.
Synthetically Grown Teeth
Researchers in China have been trying to grow synthetic teeth using stem cells, but as getting a hold of stem cells can be quite difficult, they came up with a (disgusting) solution: extracting them from human urine.
As these kinds of experiments cannot be legally performed on humans, they attempted to grow their tooth inside the mouth of a mouse.
The results showed some dental pulp and the beginnings of enamel, but some experts are skeptical. While the method does look to be a good step toward learning how to create fully working synthetic teeth, there are still some issues. For starters, urine isn’t a very good place to take stem cells from and may lead to a higher rate of contamination issues. And growing the teeth is only the first step. Once scientists figure that out, they still need to learn how to make your mouth fully accept the new teeth you’re putting in it.
The First Brushes And Toothpaste
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 twigs from trees with antibacterial properties, such as cinnamon and neem, and they have been found to be just as effective as modern toothbrushes.
The first object closer to an actual toothbrush was invented by the Chinese. The handle was made of bamboo and it had boar bristles for cleaning teeth. As for toothpaste, it’s been a long journey to the minty fresh chemical concoctions that we slather over our pearly whites today. When pastes for the purpose of tooth cleaning were first being invented, the ingredients were nothing short of nasty. People would use mixtures comprised of ash, burnt eggshells, crushed bones and all manner of gross stuff that you don’t want in your mouth. And you thought brushing your teeth nowadays was a chore!
Proper Dental Hygiene
Many individuals suppose you should brush your teeth right after eating, as then you’ve got the most build-up in your teeth. Yet, it’s also when you get the largest level of acid in your spittle, which, when with the abrasions of cleaning, can help in wearing away the enamel of your teeth. One dentist proposes rinsing your mouth out with water after eating to re-establish the pH balance and brush of a half hour afterward.