Dentistry Throughout the Ages

A Worm, A Queen & A Barber Pole: Dentistry Throughout the Ages

When you think of history you probably have visions of wars, empires, and kings and queens. Most of us do not think about what a trip to the dentist was like, but it is actually quite interesting when you learn about some of the ancient forms of dentistry.

Below, we have listed some of the most bizarre and interesting facts about dentistry through the ages.

The first recorded “dentist” was an Egyptian by the name of Hesy-Ra in 2600 BC.

Aristotle had written about an ancient form of braces that would straighten a person’s teeth.

There was an old belief of something called a “dental worm,” this worm was believed to burrow into teeth, causing sharp pain. So to combat this worm, Queen Elizabeth ingested large amounts of sugar which is why many people believe her teeth were discolored.

The first bristle toothbrush is believed to have been invented during the Tang Dynasty in China. This toothbrush is not like our modern day brushes; the bristles were made from hogs hair!

Dental implants in the Maya Civilization were made from seashells.

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Barbers were actually part of the dentistry world at one point. Between the 5th and 15th century, “barber-surgeons” were able to perform many types of surgeries in their shops or on the battlefield.

Luckily for everyone, dentistry has evolved to a medically-backed and safe form of health care.

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Dental Health Facts You May Be Surprised to Learn: The Fathers of our Nation

Do you know anything about the Presidents of the United States and their dental health?

When thinking about dentistry and our presidents, you probably immediately think of George Washington and his wooden teeth, right? However, you should probably know that this common legend is not entirely true…

More likely than not, George Washington’s teeth themselves were not wooden. At the time, replacement teeth would have been taken from people who were diseased. So what was wooden in Washington’s smile? Probably his denture base! It was not uncommon at the time at all for denture bases (or artificial gums) to be made of wood.

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While the story of Washington and his wooden teeth is by far the most well known, it isn’t the only story about presidents and dentistry. Unfortunately, most stories we hear about our presidents are due to a poor relationship with the dentist.

Take President Lincoln for example. President Lincoln disliked the dentist so much that, at one point in time, he actually opted to remove his own tooth that was giving him problems. This turned out to be a poor decision (shocking!). While trying to remove his tooth, President Lincoln also removed part of his jaw bone… OUCH!

In addition to Lincoln and Washington, presidents Wilson and Adams both neglected their teeth and have interesting dental tales of their own. Due to losing all of his teeth, President Adams talked with a noticeable lisp. As for President Wilson, all you have to do see a picture from his inauguration.

Hopefully, you can learn a lesson from the fathers of our country and take care of your hygiene and teeth!

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Gum Disease | The Health of Your Gums

Are your gums in a healthy state or are you suffering from gum disease? This is something that you need to know the answer to, but probably don’t.

Unless you have been diagnosed by your dentist, you probably don’t know if you are suffering from some form of gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) or not. The reason for this, is that periodontal disease does not present many signs or symptoms. The few you can look for include unexplained bleeding while brushing or flossing, and your gums appearing bright red and inflamed.

Gum Disease

If you notice either of the above signs, you should schedule a dental appointment ASAP. Your dentist’s office will have specialized tools to determine the health of your gums. Additionally, these tools will determine how far your gum disease has developed and what treatment is necessary. The earlier you catch gum disease, the better off you will be, as, if you let gum disease develop too far, it will not be able to be fully cured. Your dentist will be able to put together a personalized treatment plan to improve the overall health and wellness of your gums. Please note that a treatment plan may include the work of a periodontist

Determining if you have periodontal disease, and receiving necessary treatment, is critical for your oral health. Along with this, gum disease has been associated with many other diseases including:

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As with any health issues, you are better off preventing periodontal disease from ever forming. Gum disease can be usually avoided by following instructions below:

  • Brush twice per day for two minutes
  • Floss daily
  • Brush your tongue, roof of your mouth, and gums
  • Use mouthwash

If gum disease does develop, there is treatment available. In our next blog post, Dr. Aerni will examine exactly what a deep cleaning is and what it entails.

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Dietary Choices That Boost Oral Health

In our previous article, Dr. Aerni provided a list of foods that may damage the your oral health. As promised, Dr. Aerni will now provide a list of foods that will actually boost the health of your mouth. Along with these foods, it is important to remember to implement good care habits like brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash.  

Foods That Boost Oral Health

1.) Celery:

Keeping your teeth clean, and secreting enough saliva are both critical in keeping your mouth healthy. Due to its texture, celery can clean your teeth as you chew on it. In addition to this, as you chew on celery, it will stimulate your salivary glands and increase your saliva production.

2.) Carrots:Oral Health

Like celery, carrots work to increase your saliva production. As we know, saliva is one of the best defenses against gum disease, tooth decay, and more.

3.) Pineapple:

Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain is extremely beneficial to your dental health as it works to break up proteins in your mouth and maintain the health of your teeth. In addition to bromelain, pineapples contain many other vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to your overall and oral health.  

4.) Cheese:

There are many factors that make cheese a good dietary choice for the health of your mouth. These factors include calcium, low sugar levels, a lack of acid, and most importantly the presence of casein. Casein is a protein that works to promote the health of your teeth and strengthen your enamel. Click here for more information about casein.

5.) Yogurt:

Similar to cheese, yogurt is a great provider of casein.

6.) Pears:

In our previous post, we mentioned fruits that have a lot of citric acid. One major advantage of pears is that they do not contain acid like other fruits do. Additionally, pears provide your teeth with many vitamins and minerals and also increase your salivary flow. 

Beverages That Boost Oral Health

7.) Tap Water:Strongsville Dentist

After eliminating many beverages last week from your healthy choices, you may be wondering what is best to drink. We know that you must be tired of hearing from every medical professional that drinking water is important, but it is. Dr. Aerni recommends tap water over spring water, purified water, or bottled water, due to the presence of fluoride in tap water. Fluoride will work to repair the damages created by other foods, drinks, and physical activity that may have harmed the enamel of your teeth.

To repeat what we said in our opening paragraph, it is still critical to maintain good dental healthcare habits like brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, and routinely visiting the dentist. These habits, along with eating a healthy diet, will keep your dental health in the best shape possible possible. If you would like to schedule a dental check up, and are in the Strongsville, OH area, please contact us today to schedule a visit with Dr. Aerni! 

Sensitive Teeth Causes – The Strongsville Dentist

What Causes Sensitive Teeth? Advice from the Strongsville Dentist

Sensitive teeth can be a daily source of annoyance, especially in these summer months when there are lots of cold foods. Whether you have one or many of these pesky sensitive teeth, you know the pain. But what causes sensitive teeth?

Good Habits

Some healthy habits may actually be the root of the problem. A few examples are:

  • Mouthwash. While it is good to rinse your mouth out daily, overly acidic mouthwash could be eroding your teeth. Reduce the amount of times per day that you use mouthwash and seek out a rinse suited for sensitive teeth.
  • Eating citric acid. Vitamin C is good for your overall health. When you eat more than the daily recommended dose, though, it could start to wear down your teeth. Limit the amount of strong tomatoes and oranges that you way in a day.
  • A recent teeth cleaning or filling. Temporary teeth sensitivity could be caused by a dental treatment. It normally will dissipate in a number of hours. If it doesn’t, contact your dentist.

Bad Habits:

There are also some unhealthy habits that can painful sensitivity:

  • Aggressive teeth brushing. Brushing your teeth is great, but if it hurts, you’re doing it wrong. Gentle brushing is best for your teeth–and your gums! You can prevent gum recession by using a softer technique when brushing your teeth. Which brings us to our next bullet point…
  • Receding gums. A receding gum line could your root surface. Talk with your dentist if you feel that your gums are receding. A gum graft may be in order.
  • Chewing ice or hard candy. This nervous habit could lead to cracking your tooth. If this habit is a problem for you, try a softer candy or sugar-free gum.
  • Grinding teeth. Teeth grinding could be tough to fix as it is often done while asleep. A mouth guard could help to stop you from grinding away your tooth enamel.
  • Soda. This is just one of many reasons to not drink soda. Soda can cause tooth decay which could corrode enamel. Limit the amount that you drink or quit completely.

Getting a professional opinion on your sensitive teeth can help alleviate pain quickly. If you are looking for a dentist in Strongsville, Ohio, check out our preventative care plans. We will keep your smile happy and healthy.

Dr. William Aerni, the Strongsville Dentist