10 Fun Facts About Dentists: A Smile Squad Special

At Smile Squad, we’re not just about providing top-notch dental care; we’re also about sharing the joy and wonder that comes with every aspect of dentistry. Believe it or not, the world of dentistry is full of fascinating tidbits that can make you see your dentist in a whole new light. To add a bit of fun and education to your day, we’ve compiled a list of 10 fun facts about dentists and dentistry. So, let’s dive into some dental trivia that’s sure to give you something to smile about!

1. Dentistry is One of the Oldest Professions

Dentistry dates back to ancient civilizations, with the first known dentist being Hesy-Re, an Egyptian scribe, around 2600 BC. His tomb inscription includes the title “the greatest of those who deal with teeth, and of physicians.” This makes dentistry one of the oldest medical professions.

2. The First Dental Book was Written in 1530

The first book exclusively dedicated to dentistry, “The Little Medicinal Book for All Kinds of Diseases and Infirmities of the Teeth,” was published in Germany in 1530. Written for barbers and surgeons who treated the mouth, it marks the beginning of modern dental literature.

3. The First Female Dentist

Lucy Beaman Hobbs became the first licensed female dentist in 1866. Breaking barriers in a male-dominated field, she opened the door for countless women in dentistry.

4. The Invention of the Toothbrush

The first mass-produced toothbrush was invented in prison! In 1770, William Addis of England fashioned the first modern toothbrush while jailed for causing a riot. He drilled holes in a bone, obtained from his meal, and inserted boar bristles that were held in place by wire.

5. George Washington’s Famous Dentures

Contrary to popular myth, George Washington’s dentures weren’t made of wood. His false teeth were crafted from gold, hippopotamus ivory, lead, and a mixture of human and animal teeth (including horse and donkey teeth).

6. The Introduction of Novocain

Novocain, the first synthetic local anesthetic, was introduced in 1905. Before its discovery, dentists used substances like cocaine (since the 1880s) to numb the mouth during procedures.

7. Dental Implants Have Ancient Roots

The Mayans are credited with using the earliest form of dental implants around 600 AD. Archaeologists have found Mayan skulls with teeth replaced by materials ranging from jade to seashells. Impressively, some of these were found to have fused to the bone, indicating a successful implant.

8. The Bravery of Dental Professionals

During WWI and WWII, dentists were not only treating soldiers’ dental needs but also were trained in facial reconstruction and surgery to treat war injuries. Their contributions went far beyond oral health, helping soldiers recover from severe facial wounds.

9. The Power of Saliva

On average, a person produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime—enough to fill two swimming pools! Saliva plays a crucial role in maintaining oral health by neutralizing mouth acids and helping to wash away food particles.

10. The Fear of Dentists Has a Name

Dentophobia is the official term for fear of dentists, a common phobia that prevents many people from seeking necessary dental care. At Smile Squad, we strive to create a welcoming and comforting environment to help alleviate these fears.

We hope these fun facts have entertained you and maybe even taught you something new about the fascinating world of dentistry. At Smile Squad, our passion for dental care goes beyond the chair—we love sharing the lighter side of our profession and fostering a deeper connection with our community. Remember, whether you’re here for a routine check-up or to share a fun fact of your own, we’re always here to make your visit informative, enjoyable, and full of smiles.

Yours in dental fun and facts,

The Smile Squad Team