Quirky Dental Facts That May Surprise You

Many dental patients are aware that before there was formal dental training and licensing, barbers often performed dental procedures. But did you know that blacksmiths also moonlighted as dentists? How would you like your dental visit to involve tools used to hammer hot metal?

So here are some Fun Dental Facts:

  • The Mayans were accomplished cosmetic dentists. One smile style in Mayan culture was bejeweled teeth – a procedure that involved the drilling of holes to embed precious gems. That’s a grill with major bling! 

  • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill up two swimming pools. (Not a very pleasant image, right?)

  • Nylon toothbrush bristles weren’t introduced until 1938. Prior to that, pig hair was a common bristle material. (“Mom, my toothbrush smells like bacon!”)

  • A popular toothache treatment in medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey. There is no evidence that it actually worked and it is unknown if the same remedy was used by donkeys.

  • Every person’s tongue is unique – just like a fingerprint.

  • In medieval Japan, black teeth were considered appealing. Style-conscious women used roots to stain their teeth.

At Corne Smith Dentistry, you won’t find pig hair, donkeys, or anvils. You will find premium dental care and our compassionate team of dental professionals. Our menu of services includes sedation dentistry, Invisalign, teeth whitening and many other cosmetic treatments. Contact Corne Smith Dentistry Claremont Cape Town today to schedule an informative consultation.