Oral Surgery Expert Explains Why Charcoal Toothpaste is a Bad Idea
The internet is awash with new trends and fads, and the easier it is to access the open communication the digital age offers, the more that emerge. One of these is the use of activated charcoal toothpaste. You might have read a few blogs or watched videos online that extol the benefits of using charcoal toothpaste as a way to “naturally” whiten your teeth. An oral surgery expert at Lynn Dental Care can explain to you why this is, unfortunately, not the case – and why you should stick to more recognized, tested, and verified methods of tooth whitening and oral hygiene.
As with many supposedly natural remedies, unchecked and unregulated treatments can have some severe side-effects, and you may end up requiring intensive oral surgery as a result.
Most of us associate charcoal with the barbecue grill, but charcoal has been used in medical practices for centuries. Using it to clean your teeth isn’t new either, with charcoal being added to toothpaste in a powdered form way back in the 19th century. The reason for this is that activated charcoal is absorbent, so the assumption was (and still is, to some) that it absorbs “toxins”.
While the broader theory behind this is pretty debatable, it has been shown effective in treating toothpaste overdose. However, as with any alternative remedies that describe “toxins”, what these toxins are and how they affect us, as well as whether or not they are actually absorbed or eliminated is incredibly vague. Activated charcoal can, however, effectively and noticeably whiten your teeth.
If It Works, Why Not Use It?
The downside of using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth, especially if you ask an oral surgery professional, isn’t that it probably doesn’t absorb significant “toxins”. Yes, it can be effective for teeth whitening, but this is because charcoal is incredibly abrasive. Using activated charcoal on your teeth will make them whiter at first because the abrasive texture is wearing away the stained outer layer of enamel.
The problem is that it won’t stop there. Consistent use of charcoal toothpaste to keep your teeth white will continue to wear away the enamel – which doesn’t grow back – exposing the more sensitive parts of your teeth. You’ll find your teeth becoming more sensitive, and losing a lot of their structural strength. You’ll also be increasing your risk of infection, as the teeth will lose their protective layer of enamel. This greatly increases the likelihood of cavities and the need for oral surgery.
Not only that, but extended use will also mean you’ll end up with yellow teeth regardless. Enamel covers up the substance in your teeth called “dentin”, which has a natural yellow color. Once this is exposed, it won’t get any whiter.
Teeth Whitening and Good Hygiene
If you’re looking to whiten your teeth, there are plenty of proven and safe methods of doing so through cosmetic dentistry procedures. As for day-to-day, the best way to maintain white teeth is to practice good oral hygiene, keep an eye on your diet, and pay regular visits to your dentist.
Oral Surgery Solutions at Lynn Dental Care
Of course, the oral surgery experts and dental team at Lynn Dental Care can’t stop you trying out these alternative methods, but we want to make sure you’re informative of their effectiveness and potential problems. If you’re looking for informed dental guidance, orthodontics, an Invisalign dentist, oral surgery or other treatments, contact your Dallas dentist today.
Lynn Dental Care Advice for Dental Care While Pregnant
When you’re pregnant, your dental hygiene may be one of the last things on your mind. But as any of the dentists at Lynn Dental Care will tell you, taking care of your teeth is always important. In fact, when you’re pregnant, you need to rethink your oral hygiene – especially if you want to avoid future oral surgery.
Your body goes through a lot of changes when you’re growing another little person inside it, and your oral health is as susceptible to changes are everything else. Lynn Dental Care offers some general advice on things to consider when taking care of your teeth while pregnant.
Morning Sickness and Your Teeth
Morning sickness is such a common symptom of early pregnancy that it’s practically a cliché, but it’s a serious problem for a lot of expectant mothers. Often, morning sickness is not just spontaneous nausea, but can also be triggered by specific smells and tastes that were never a problem before. Because of this, the idea of brushing your teeth – especially first thing in the morning – can be really unpleasant.
What makes it worse is if you are ending up sick as a result, then brushing your teeth is doubly important to avoid enamel erosion from increased exposure to stomach acid. One way of making things easier is to try different flavors – or even try using baking soda and water rather than toothpaste. As long as you’re brushing regularly, your teeth will recover from the morning sickness period.
Obviously, the changes in your body during pregnancy aren’t all on the outside – there’s a lot more going on inside. One of the biggest shifts you’ll undergo is intense shifts in hormones as your pregnancy goes on. This can cause certain unexpected side effects, one of which is an increased risk of gum disease.
Because of your changing hormones, the amount of bacteria present in your mouth will change too, potentially making it easier to develop cavities and infections. Regular brushing and flossing will help but you should also be mindful of any diet changes that could affect your teeth, too. You might also be more susceptible to teeth becoming loose because of hormonal changes.
Increased Blood Volume
When you’re pregnant, the amount of blood in your body increases dramatically so that both you and your baby are supplied with enough. Because of this, you might notice your gums bleeding when you brush your teeth, despite never having done so before.
The combination of hormones affecting the strength of your teeth and gums and the increased blood volume in your body can cause bleeding gums. Try a softer bristled toothbrush and brush with gentler, slower motions. Keep a close eye on your teeth if you feel the bleeding is excessive, and contact your dentist at Lynn Dental Care if you’re concerned.
No one wants to visit the dentist or undergo oral surgery while they’re pregnant, but it can also pose a risk. Some of the drugs and medications used, as well as the stress some people feel during their appointment, can do serious damage – especially during the first and third trimesters.
If you feel you need treatment during your pregnancy, your dentist at Lynn Dental Care will be able to talk to you about what’s available, how long you should wait, and how urgent it is. You should also speak to your OB or midwife about any pregnancy-related concerns you have, dental or otherwise.
Lynn Dental Care and Lifelong Oral Health
Whether you’re pregnant, a new parent, or have teenage or adult children, you should still be looking after your teeth. At Lynn Dental Care, we’re dedicated to making you comfortable and confident about your treatment – whether it’s orthodontics, oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry or general dentistry. Contact your Dallas dentist today.
Oral Surgery Advice: What Is Enamel Erosion?
In a previous Lynn Dental Care blog, we looked at sensitive teeth and what some of the causes are. A few of these symptoms can lead to more serious complications that could result in needing oral surgery, one of which is enamel erosion.
But what is enamel erosion? And what kind of oral surgery might you need if you don’t take good enough care of your teeth to avoid it? Your Dallas dentist looks at your enamel in more detail, as well as what happens when it’s worn away, and how you can take better care of it.
What Is Tooth Enamel?
Your teeth have a thin coating on the exposed surface that we see in every smile. This layer protects the inside of each tooth, as well as insulate the sensitive insides from extreme temperatures. This is the enamel.
For as small an area that it covers, healthy tooth enamel is actually the hardest tissue in your entire body. Your enamel can take a lot of punishment because of the purpose it serves, but it’s also susceptible to damage from the amount of use it gets over time – especially if you have a diet high in acidic foods. Your enamel is also vulnerable to staining if you drink a lot of coffee, tea, soda or fruit juices, or you’re a smoker.
What Causes Erosion?
Most of the general advice you hear about taking care of your teeth relates to keeping your tooth enamel in good shape – avoiding the need for oral surgery or treatment because of pain through wear. Drinking a lot of soda or fruit juice, a diet high in starch and sugar, and certain medications can cause enamel erosion. While many of these factors are avoidable, there are some that are tougher to deal with.
If you frequently suffer from dry mouth or a lack of saliva, this can lead to enamel erosion. Severe acid reflux problems can also cause erosion by increasing the acidity of your saliva, which is also a problem with a variety of other gastrointestinal issues. Simple genetics can also play a factor. If thin or easily damaged tooth enamel is a common issue in your family, there won’t be much you can do other than to keep an eye on it.
How Can I Avoid Enamel Erosion?
If your teeth seem overall sensitive, notice significant discoloration, or can see markings or cracks and chips in your teeth, you likely have some form of enamel erosion. If it’s gotten to a point where it’s noticeable, then some kind of treatment or oral surgery will probably be necessary, but there are some things you can do to cut down on the risk of enamel erosion.
Improving your diet is the most obvious one – cutting out sugars and high-acidity foods. If you are drinking sodas or juice, drink with a straw to cut down on the contact with your teeth. If you find yourself snacking a lot, start chewing sugar-free gum. This can also help through increasing the amount of saliva in your mouth, especially if you typically have a lack of it, and some studies recently have suggested that chewing gum can help acid reflux.
If you can see obvious signs of erosion or you experience a persistent toothache, then it’s time to contact your Dallas dentist for help.
Avoid Oral Surgery from Erosion
If you want to avoid oral surgery as a result of enamel erosion, keeping your teeth clean and being conscious of your diet are two great ways to do it. However, sometimes oral surgery or intensive treatment is unavoidable, and in that case, you should contact Lynn Dental Care. We’re dedicated to your treatment being as comfortable as possible.
A Dallas Dentist Explains Root Infection
With the ailments that can come with poor oral hygiene, inattentive care after oral surgery, or sometimes just bad luck, it’s easy to get confused as to which one means what. When it comes to tooth root exposure, the major concern for most people is how much pain it causes. But as a premier Dallas dentist, Lynn Dental Care knows from experience that an infection in the root of your tooth is far worse than a toothache.
Signs and Symptoms
With some oral and dental pain, it can be hard to determine what the specific cause may be. Pain from sensitive teeth or a persistent toothache can both have multiple causes. However, if you have an infected root, the symptoms are much clearer.
Pain is the first obvious indicator – especially when you try to eat. But, along with pain, you’ll also see and feel a swelling in the gums around the affected area. You might also taste something bitter that you can’t identify and have distinctly bad breath. As with any infection, you could also have a fever and general feeling of sickness. If you experience any of these, especially a fever or sickness, you should contact your Dallas dentist to get treatment as soon as possible.
Causes of Infection
In our Dallas dentist blog, we’ve previously covered cavities, and an infection at the root of your tooth is one of the major problems that can arise from tooth decay. On a more detailed level, an infection happens when the pulp – the softer tissue inside your tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves – is contaminated with bacteria. In the case of an infection, an abscess will form under the tooth, deep inside your gum. Any of things that we mentioned can cause cavities and sensitive teeth – sugary food, poor hygiene, and tooth grinding – can lead to an abscess.
Risks of Complication
As we’ve gone over before, an out-of-control infection can be extremely dangerous. It can lead to you losing teeth, as well as the infection spreading to your bloodstream and putting you in a much riskier situation.
How Is An Infection Treated?
There are a few ways you can treat an infected root – all of which you can get at our Dallas dentist clinic – but it will depend on the severity of your abscess. The most well-known procedure is a root canal, where the tooth is drilled into to reach the abscess, which is then drained of infected fluid.
If the abscess is in a more accessible position, closer to the surface of the gums, your dentist can cut into it and drain it without having to drill into the tooth, cleaning it with a saline solution.
If an infection gets bad enough or is deep enough that it’s inaccessible even via a root canal, then your tooth will need to be pulled in order to reach it. While no one wants to lose a tooth, relief from the pain and the risk of further infection in this situation will be worth it.
Your Dallas Dentist Office
If you’re suffering from a persistent toothache and suspect you might even have an infection, Lynn Dental Care is the Dallas dentist for you. We focus on reassuring our patients, making them feel comfortable and confident about their treatment, and secure in the knowledge that they’ll be taken care of. Whether you’re looking for orthodontics, a Periodontist, an Invisalign dentist, oral surgery or just a checkup, contact Lynn Dental Care today.
Lynn Dental Care Explains Sensitive Teeth
Do you often find yourself wincing in pain when you bite into something cold? Does spicy food sometimes assault your teeth with a searing, sudden pain? A huge number of the population suffers from sensitive teeth but few people actually think about why. Fortunately, Lynn Dental Care is here to make things clear. If you’re avoiding ice cream and cold drinks – especially at the height of summer – because of tooth pain, we can explore some of the reasons why. If you’re looking for a Dallas dentist who can help you deal with sensitive teeth, contact Lynn Dental Care today.
What Are Sensitive Teeth?
Sensitive teeth are typically characterized by a sharp, searing and often sudden pain as a reaction to a change in temperature in your mouth. Cold foods like ice cream or cold drinks, and sometimes spicy food, or food with particular ingredients will trigger pain that is enough to make you avoid them altogether.
What Causes It?
There are a number of things that result in someone having sensitive teeth – sometimes a combination of factors will be the culprit, too. Lynn Dental Care can help you identify the reason for yours and figure out the right steps to help.
If you’re brushing your teeth too hard or using a brush with firm bristles, you might be wearing away the enamel on your teeth. The enamel protects your teeth from decay – wearing it away causes irritation and pain.
Another cause for enamel and general tooth erosion is your diet. If you eat a lot of sugary food, junk food, spicy food, or anything else that’s highly acidic, you could be eroding your teeth.
We’ve mentioned cavities and covered the risks of ignoring them already, but sensitive teeth can also be caused by tooth decay. Exposing the nerves will make your teeth hurt when you try to eat – even if you’ve had fillings, sensitive could suggest that they have come loose or weren’t properly fitted, and need to be checked.
Receding gums is a fairly common problem, but many people don’t associate it with sensitive teeth. However, the further your gums recede, the more chance there is of the nerves in your teeth being exposed.
At Lynn Dental Care, we’ve treated a lot of people who have had problems because of teeth grinding. Many people grind their teeth without being aware of it – especially in their sleep – but this is a common cause of erosion.
What Treatment Is Available?
With sensitive teeth, a lot of the treatment depends on the cause, and whether it’s one cause or multiple. Specific products like toothpaste and mouthwash for sensitive teeth are available and can help to an extent, but speaking with a dentist about more intensive is the best way to find a permanent fix.
Lynn Dental Care Checkups and Treatments
If you’re suffering from overly sensitive teeth, or any other oral ailments – of if you’re just looking for a checkup, Lynn Dental Care should be your first choice. We’re dedicated to making you comfortable and confident and helping you with general dentistry, oral surgery, orthodontics and more. Whether you need dental crowns or an Invisalign dentist, contact us today.
Your Dallas Dentist Warns Against Ignoring a Cavity
We’re all warned that neglecting to brush our teeth and maintaining good oral hygiene will lead to cavities, and we know that cavities lead to toothaches. But, what happens if you just ignore them? Your Dallas dentist can tell you that ignoring cavities leads to much more than persistent pain.
We’ll explain the dangers of ignoring cavities, and why you should get them fixed as soon as possible. Just remember that this blog is pretty broad – there are potentially even more complications of ignoring cavities, depending on your general health. Don’t delay getting in touch with Lynn Dental Care.
Your Tooth Decay Will Get Worse
First of all, if you ignore a cavity, it won’t just heal by itself. Your teeth aren’t able to heal themselves after being eaten away by cavities. The longer you wait, the more damage will be done. The cavity will continue to grow and get deeper into the affected tooth or teeth. This will cause you some pretty intense pain, which we’ll get to in a moment, but it will also have some more severe, long-term effects.
Teeth that have been subject to cavities, especially untreated cavities that have been allowed to spread, are likely to become brittle. A cavity can essentially hollow out your tooth, making it much more likely to crack, or just fall out. This is reason enough to visit your Dallas dentist to get your cavities taken care of. That said, there are more risks.
The Pain Will Get Much Worse
Anyone who has had a cavity that got out of control knows how much pain they can cause. Cavities are basically just holes in your teeth, and the deeper the hole gets, the more likely you are to end up with the nerve at the core exposed.
This exposed nerve can cause excruciating pain, especially when you’re eating or drinking. The bigger the cavity, the more of the nerve is exposed, and the more frequent and intense the pain becomes. As an experienced Dallas dentist clinic, we’ve seen just how debilitating this can be.
Your Risk Of Infection Gets Bigger
Exposing the core of your teeth isn’t just painful, but it also increases the risk of getting an infection. Your mouth is full of bacteria, and what you put it in – from food and drink, to the silverware you eat it with, to your toothbrush – carries bacteria, too. While these bacteria usually coexist or interact in a beneficial way, an open cavity exposes parts of your mouth and gums that are usually protected.
An infection can take hold fast and spread with alarming speed. An oral infection can make your life truly miserable, and you run the risk of losing multiple teeth and having to pay for expensive, ongoing oral surgery.
It Can Get Really Serious
Without getting too dire, there are some bigger consequences of letting your oral health decline to such an extreme degree. As your first choice for a Dallas dentist, we’re always looking to reassure patients, but there are some real risks to untreated cavities that we need to address. With the risk of infection comes a risk of serious illness.
If an infection gets into your bloodstream, it will spread throughout your body. Left untreated, this kind of infection can make you extremely ill, and even be fatal. Although this is rare nowadays, putting off treatment does increase the risk – and the longer you wait, the bigger this risk gets. If you have a cavity or suspect you might, you need to get it checked.
Contact The Right Dallas Dentist
If you’re looking for a Dallas dentist to take care of your cavities, contact Lynn Dental Care today. If you’re looking for a different treatment, oral surgery, or just a checkup, we can take care of that, too! Lynn Dental Care offers orthodontics and Invisalign braces, cosmetic dentistry and more.
At Lynn Dental Care, the range of treatments we offer means we have a wide variety of experience with all kinds of dental issues. Whether you’re looking into orthodontics, seeking a Periodontist, need an Invisalign dentist, or just need a checkup, you’ll find it at Lynn Dental Care. But, a simple but challenging dental issue that we’re all familiar with, especially any parents reading this blog, is teething.
Even if you’re yet to be a parent yourself, you probably kept yours up all night when your teeth began to emerge all those years ago. Teething is a long, arduous process that’s painful for children and their parents alike. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help your toddler teeth a little easier and relieve the often intense pain that cutting new teeth can cause. Lynn Dental Care offers some general advice for newer parents who might need some teething tips for their tot.
How to Tell When They’re Teething
Most of the time, it’s easy enough to tell if your baby is teething just from how irritable they are. But, there are a lot of reasons for a baby to cry and generally act fussy, so there are so more specific signs you can look for.
If your baby has started to really gnaw on things, they’re probably teething. Babies want to put everything in their mouths, but the chewing they do when they’re teething is different – you’ll often see them furiously biting down on solid objects like they’re trying to gum their way through them. Along with sensitivity and pain in their gums, the discomfort and frustration the urge to chew causes your baby is often a big contributing factor to why they’re crying.
Some people believe that fever and diarrhea are signifiers of teething, but there isn’t really anything to support this. If your baby has these symptoms, you should take them to a pediatrician rather than assume it’s teething.
How to Relieve the Pain
At Lynn Dental Care, we know how frustrating and nagging dental pain is. For babies who are teething, it’s even worse – they can’t tell you what hurts or why, let alone figure out how to stop it. If your baby is teething, there are some things you can do to help ease the pain.
Apply Something Cold
A clean, cold washcloth, spoon or teething ring kept in the fridge or freezer helps to numb the pain. Just be careful not rely on this too much, as the cold can be damaging.
Rub Their Gums
Rubbing your baby’s gums can help relieve some of the pressure. Just make sure your hands are clean.
You can try giving your baby solid foods that are easy to chew and can be kept cold – like cucumber or carrots. Be very careful to keep an eye out for signs of choking, and don’t let them chew on these unsupervised.
Minor things like drying their excessive drooling and offering general comfort and reassurance are a big help. There are some over-the-counter pain medications you can give them, but you need to consult with your child’s pediatrician first. You should also avoid medications that contain benzocaine.
Is There a Way to Speed It Up?
You’ll find plenty of home remedies and old wive’s tales about how to speed up the teething process if you look for them, but the truth is that teething simply takes as long as it takes. As with any physical development in children, the amount of time it will take varies from one child to another, and there’s not really anything you can do to speed things along.
Be patient with your child, and be attentive to how they feel and how their teeth are coming in.
Lynn Dental Care for Adults and Kids
If your kids are a little older and you’re looking for dental care, Lynn Dental Care offers modern, innovative and friendly orthodontics. We offer a range of dental interventions and treatments for kids and adults alike. If you’re looking for dental care in Dallas, TX, contact your new Dallas dentist today.
Lynn Dental Care’s List of Ancient, Bizarre Tooth Pain Remedies
Dental care has been around practically forever, in some form or another. But it hasn’t always been medically safe. At Lynn Dental Care, we know how important it is to keep up with the latest advances in dentistry and oral surgery – but we also like to occasionally look back on how things used to be done.
In this blog entry, Lynn Dental Care takes a look at some of the more interesting and bizarre ancient dental care practices from around the world. As oral care professionals, Lynn Dental Care strongly suggests you not try any of these outdated methods at home!
The Scottish Caterpillar
If you have some Scottish ancestry in your family, there’s a chance that some distant relatives of yours once practices this ancient method of toothache relief when dentistry was based more on superstition and guesswork. This method of treating toothache was pretty simple, if disgusting.
A caterpillar would be wrapped in a red cloth and then placed in the mouth of the person afflicted with a toothache. How this was thought to be a cure for oral pain is a mystery, but its failure to actually relieve any pain is practically a guarantee.
The Egyptian Dead Mouse
In a different part of the world, further back in time, we can find an even more gruesome attempt at relief from a nagging toothache. In ancient Egypt, those suffering from tooth pain would seek relief by applying something more disgusting than an innocent caterpillar, opting instead to place a dead mouse against the offending tooth.
To make matters worse, the mouse, unlike the caterpillar, would typically not be wrapped in anything. After all, what benefit are you going to get if you put a barrier between the mouse carcass and the inside of your mouth? Not only was this method ineffective, it also carried the risk of causing far greater health issues than a toothache.
The Aztec Chili Pepper
If you’re a fan of spicy food and are especially brave, this one might not sound so bad. The Aztecs believed that one of the best ways to remedy a toothache was to chew on a chili pepper to numb the pain. No doubt that the burning sensation of the chili pepper would definitely distract you from your toothache, but whether it actually helped is pretty doubtful.
The Indian Red Hot Poker
A lot of people have a fear of sitting in the dentist’s chair, even for simple procedures, and tend to think of it as a torture chair. The staff at Lynn Dental Care are familiar with the typical fears people have of dental care and are always ready to reassure anxious patients.
That said, there is one ancient practice, in particular, that is essentially just a form of torture. In India, it was once common to expect your cavity to be filled with hot wax and then sealed with a red hot poker.
Lynn Dental Care and Modern Dental Care
At Lynn Dental Care, we tend to believe that the most modern dental care and oral surgery innovations tend to be the best. If you’re in need of cosmetic dentistry, are looking for an Invisalign dentist, or generally looking for up-to-date, friendly and professional dental care, contact your new Dallas dentist today.
Common Tooth Problem Info from Lynn Dental Care
As a premier dental office in the Dallas, Texas, area, we’ve seen a variety of tooth issues at Lynn Dental Care. Some tooth issues are fairly unique, while other issues are extremely common. Even if the issue seems minor, if left untreated it can become much worse. Below are some of the most common tooth problems that we see on a regular basis at our Dallas dentist office.
When most people think of common issues with teeth, cavities are typically the first thing that pops into their mind. Cavities are the common term for tooth decay. There are three main types of cavities: coronal cavities, root cavities, and recurrent decay. Coronal cavities are the most common type of tooth decay, occurring on chewing surfaces and between teeth. Root cavities occur when the gum recedes and exposes parts of the root. Since the roots aren’t protected by enamel, decay can happen quickly. Recurrent decay occurs around areas of decay that have previously been repaired by fillings and crowns.
Cracked Enamel/Fractured Teeth
Another common tooth issue that we see in our patients at Lynn Dental Care is cracked and fractured tooth enamel. Cracked teeth can be caused by a number of different issues. Grinding and clenching your teeth can cause the enamel to crack. How your teeth sit in your mouth may put more pressure on certain teeth, leaving them more susceptible to cracking as well. Your Lynn Dental Care dentist will be able to determine the cause and develop a treatment plan to repair your cracked tooth.
Teeth become discolored over time. Things like age, eating and drinking habits, and smoking can have a drastic effect on the look of your teeth. Surface stains can be removed with regular brushing with a whitening toothpaste and use of other products like whitening strips. Serious discoloration, meaning discoloration under the enamel, can only be treated with whitening services at Lynn Dental Care.
The Best in Oral Health from Lynn Dental Care
At Lynn Dental Care, our main concern is the health of your teeth and mouth. We offer general dentistry services and cosmetic dentistry services to our patients in the Dallas area. We also have excellent orthodontics and periodontist services to provide the best in comprehensive oral health care for our Lynn Dental Care patients. For more information on our facility and the services we provide, check out the Lynn Dental Care website or set up an appointment at our Dallas dentist office by calling 972-934-1400. Let us help you get the healthy and bright smile of your dreams!
Lynn Dental Care Looks at International Dental Practices
Dentistry, as it is today, would not be as advanced or common of a practice without the knowledge of civilizations past. While historical dental practices from around the world may seem a bit crude and rudimentary now, the practices and technology that we use here at Lynn Dental Care would not have been possible without the pursuit of understanding from the ancient cultures. In today’s Lynn Dental Care blog, we take a look at some of the dental practices from cultures of the past.
The earliest evidence of dentistry practice comes from ancient Egypt. A tomb for an Egyptian scribe from around 2600 BCE was inscribed with the title “The Greatest of Those who Deal with Teeth, and of Physicians”. This tomb is the earliest reference to a dental practitioner. The ancient Egyptians had to deal with a variety of tooth issues, from cavities to abscesses to periodontitis. While they didn’t have anything near the technology that is used at Lynn Dental Care and other dental facilities, the Egyptians did create fairly effective treatments for many oral health issues.
Among many of the corrective dentistry practices used by the ancient Egyptians, archaeologists also found evidence of rudimentary braces on several exhumed mummies. Metal wire was fastened to the teeth as a way to straighten and secure teeth in the jaw. Dental bridges were also a common practice. Egyptian dental practitioners would use metal to reattach the missing teeth back in the mouth.
The Etruscans were an agricultural society that lived around the Mediterranean around 800 BCE. Along with agricultural and craft advancements, the Etruscans made quite a few advancements in dental practices. Most notably, they were the first culture to create dental prostheses from gold. While previous cultures would reattach teeth with wires, the Etruscans used soldered gold bands to create a better bond.
The medieval era brought a number of different advancements in dentistry. In Europe, barbers would perform general hygienic services, which included tooth extraction. Many books about dentistry and treating various diseases in the mouth were published. Bloodletting was also a popular treatment for toothaches and infections.
Quality Dentistry from Lynn Dental Care
While methods and technologies have become much more advanced over the last few thousand years, the desire for healthy teeth has not changed. At Lynn Dental Care, we continue to carry the passions of those ancient civilizations by providing the best in general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry for our patients. We also offer orthodontics and periodontist services to ensure that we provide comprehensive care to everyone who comes into Lynn Dental Care. For more information on any of the services we provide, check out the Lynn Dental Care website or contact our Dallas dentist office and schedule an appointment today!