At Western Clinic Dental we pride ourselves on how modern and scientific our treatments are.
But not everybody approaches dentistry completely rationally, thus there are, and have been, a host of weird thoughts, treatments, and facts surrounding the dental field, both historically and today.
In this post, we’re going to take a look at bizarre dental beliefs and practices across the years, and introduce our readers to some interesting dental facts.
Let’s have fun!
Weird mouthwash. The farther back you go, the weirder mouthwashes become. Here are a few examples.
The Romans bought Portuguese urine to purge bacteria from the mouth. Portuguese urine became so popular that Nero eventually taxed it. The success of this mouthwash was due to the ammonia in urine, which aids disinfection and can whiten teeth. Urine remained a mouthwash ingredient until the 18th century.
A.D. 23: People used to swish tortoise blood around in their mouth to prevent toothaches. Less extreme measures included drinking goat or donkey milk to maintain good breath, or rinsing the mouth with white wine.
A.D. 40 – 90: Greek surgeon and physician, Pedanius Dioscorides, came up with a blended mouthwash, mixing juice and leaves of olives, milk, gum myrrh, pomegranate, vinegar and wine.
Sometimes, modern beliefs seem just as out of touch.
Dental visits are dangerous. There is risk in anything, but dentists and dental staff have undergone thorough training to provide patients with excellent dental care. Safety of patients is their top priority. You can help make your visit safer by always telling your dentist about your current health condition.
If your gums are bleeding, don’t brush or floss them. The idea behind this dangerous claim is that bleeding gums should heal before being brushed of flossed. In fact, gums bleed precisely because they haven’t been brushed or flossed enough! If your gums bleed, continue with your oral hygiene, and make an appointment with Western Clinic Dental immediately.
Pregnant women should not see a dentist. This would actually be dangerous. It’s important to take good care of teeth and gums while pregnant. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase the risk of developing gum disease and that can harm the health of a developing baby.
Interesting dental-related things!
Five strange dental requests. Occasionally, patients ask for some pretty strange “help” from dentists. Here are five weird requests from patients across the world:
- Can you extract my tooth without anesthesia? Ouch!
- Can I pay you or your hygienist to come to my office and floss my teeth daily?
- Will you pull all my teeth, and just give me dentures? This sounds odd, but famous author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) actually had this done!
- I just broke off my engagement. Can you prepare my tooth so that I can keep the diamond in it? (Hold this thought, because the Mayans did things like this!)
- Can I keep the teeth you pull out of my mouth? I’d like to make a necklace out of them?
Did the Mayans invent the tooth implant? Mayans really went in for dental work, including a precise technique of embedding jewels into teeth. When it came to lost teeth, Mayans used bits of seashells, stone, and bone to craft false teeth. While the appearance may not have been natural, it seems they did work. In fact, remains demonstrate that when these materials were inserted into the gum, the jaw would grow around them to form a solid setting!
Tattooths!! Plenty of people have tattoos on their skin these days, but tattooing your teeth? Some dentists have been offering services that place a small painting or tattoo on crowns, bridges or implants. Designs range from initials, to sports logos, and even presidents. The good news? Tattooths can be removed.
Can you swallow your braces? Not usually, but some people have ingested bits of orthodontic material. An Australian woman discovered more than she expected when stomach pains drove her to the doctor. The doctor discovered a dental brace wire that had been lodged in her intestine for a decade. The woman told doctors she had braces at least a decade ago and didn’t recall swallowing the brace or even having any part of it go missing. She underwent surgery to remove the brace wire.
Dentists are judgmental. Actually, we aren’t, particularly at Western Clinic Dental. Our job is to help you, not judge you! So, come on by!
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Western Clinic Dental is the right choice for dental care in the Torrensville area. We offer comprehensive general and restorative dental treatments, personalised dental services, and reasonably-priced dental treatments. These treatments are performed in our modern dental surgery using cutting-edge equipment and treatment methodologies!
Our offices are near the corner of South and Henley roads in Torrensville. Western Clinic Dental offers weekend hours, is adjacent to public transportation, and has same-day appointments in case of emergency.
Call (08) 8443 9614 or visit us at Level 1 / 152 to 154 Henley Beach Road in Torrensville.