Posts Tagged: history



April 18th, 2018
The surprising history of toothpaste

We’ve touched on the origins – and, thankfully, evolution – of the toothbrush, but have you ever wondered about the history of toothpaste? Unsurprisingly, the Egyptians – who also used urine to whiten teeth – were among the first to develop a form of toothpaste. In 5000 BC, pumice, burnt eggshells and powdered oxhooves all… Read more »

April 11th, 2018
Lying through your teeth! Common dental idioms and their origins

Have you ever noticed how many of our everyday idioms mention our mouths or teeth? Many of us know what these common sayings mean – but have you wondered where they came from? We break it down below.   By the skin of your teeth The first recorded instance of this phrase was from the… Read more »

February 18th, 2018
Presidential Teeth

Presidents Day, originally created to celebrate George Washington’s birthday, is a day set aside to remember all those who have served as leaders for our country. You’ve probably learned about our former presidents’ accomplishments – but did you ever learn about their teeth? From dentures made with hippopotamus tusks to top-secret mouth surgery, our presidents’… Read more »

February 2nd, 2018
America’s first African-American Dentist: Robert Tanner Freeman

In 1867, Robert T. Freeman joined Harvard University’s newly opened School of Dentistry. Two years later, he and George Franklin Grant graduated, becoming the first officially trained African-American dentists in the U.S. Freeman was born to former slaves in 1846 in Washington, DC. At a young age, Freeman became an apprentice to local dentist Henry… Read more »

August 21st, 2017
Dental Discoveries Unearthed by Archaeologists
February 14th, 2017
Presidential Teeth

Presidents Day, originally created to celebrate George Washington’s birthday, is a day set aside to remember all those who have served as leaders for our country. You’ve probably learned about our former presidents’ accomplishments – but did you ever learn about their teeth? From dentures made with hippopotamus tusks to top-secret mouth surgery, our presidents’… Read more »