Fun Dental Facts
- The award for the most dedicated dentist must go to Brother Giovanni Batista Orsenigo from Rome, a monk who was also a dentist. He kept all the teeth he extracted over the 40 years that he was working. In 1903 the number was counted and found to be 2,000,744 teeth, an average of nearly 200 extractions per day!
- Toothbrushes with nylon bristles were first developed in 1938. However toothbrushes made from other materials existed long before that. In China, for example, bristle toothbrushes existed as long ago as the 15th century. Materials first used included bristles from hogs, horses and badgers.
- Whitening products for teeth date back to the Middle Ages. But ...