Interesting Facts about Dental History

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Interesting Facts about Dental History

 

In 1866, Lucy Beaman Hobbs became the first licensed female dentist.

In 1986, the winner of the National Spelling Bee won by spelling ODONTALGIA (which means toothache)

The average amount of money left by the tooth fairy in 1950 was 25 cents. In 1988 it was $1.00, the going rate now is $2.00.

The earliest dentist known by name is Hesi-Re. He lived in Egypt over 5,000 years ago.

The first toothbrushes were tree twigs. Chewing on the tips of the twigs spread out the fibers, which were then used to clean the teeth.

Ancient Greeks used pumice, talc, alabaster, coral powder or iron rust as toothpaste.

George Washington never had wooden teeth. His dentures were made from gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory and human teeth!

In 1905, Dental Assistant Irene Newman was trained to clean teeth. She became the first Dental Hygienist.

* Note: All facts and jokes have been gathered from different internet sources.