Friday, August 20, 2010

History of dentistry


During 1700 BC, Indus Valley Civilization showed the evidence of dentistry. The earliest form involved curing tooth related diseases with the help of bow drills by skilled craftsmen. A Sumerian text from 5000 BC describes that tooth decay was due to 'tooth worm. Historically, tooth removal (dental extraction) have been used to treat a variety of dental problems. During the Middle Ages and during 19th century, dentistry was not a profession in itself, dental procedures were even performed by barbers or general physicians.1790 was a big year for dentistry when he first specialized dental chair was invented. 

History of toothbrush, toothpaste and toothpicks :

Natural bristles brushes were invented by he ancient Chinese. In 1938, the first nylon bristle toothbrushes was manufactured by DuPont. The first electric toothbrush was produced in 1939, and developed in Switzerland. Toothpaste was used as long ago as 500 BC in both China and India; however, modern toothpaste was developed in the 1800s. In 1872, Silas Noble and J. P. Cooley patented the first toothpick manufacturing machine. The 1960's saw the introduction of fluoride into toothpaste which  remarkably reduces the incidence of tooth decay.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Simple Tips for Healthy Teeth

Dental caries (tooth decay) and periodontal (gum) diseases are some of the most common diseases that afflict humanity, especially in both developed and developing nations. Both dental caries and periodontal diseases are the result of the action of bacteria in plaque, which is deposited on the teeth and gums. If you can clean your whole mouth completely of bacterial plaque and maintains it, then there will be a decrease in both of caries and gum problems.

  • Few simple tips for healthy teeth 
  • a) Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste.
  • b) Clean between your teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleansing aids.
  • c) Visit your dentist regularly at least once in six months.
  • d) If you have bleeding or swollen gums, bad breath, loose teeth, gums pulled away from teeth, pus coming from gums, broken tooth etc then its a dental emergency. Consult your dentist immediately. 
  • e) Eat a balanced diet.

A guide to Smile

A smile creates the first impression as well as last impression. These first impressions are important in your professional as well as social life. The Dentist, has a key role to play in improving a  smile. The days are gone when you only visit the dentist for a regular check-up or tooth pain or for fillings. There are areas of treatment where a dentist can recommend improvements to your smile. The areas include
  a) Color of your teeth
  b) Repairs of your teeth
  c) Straightening of teeth
  d) Shaping of gums
Most smile makeovers requires one or more of these treatments

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