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 As oral care professionals, Lynn Dental Care strongly suggests you not try any of these outdated methods at home!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.