Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Amazing dental facts:
Brother Giovanni Batista Orsenigo of the Ospedale Fatebennefratelli, Rome, a monk who was also a dentist, kept all the teeth he extracted during the time he exercised his profession from 1868 to 1904. In 1903, the number was counted and found to be 2,000,744 teeth, indicating an average of 185 teeth, or nearly 6 total extractions a day!
Walter Arfeuille of leper-Vlamertinge, Belgium; lifted weights totalling a massive 281.5kg a distance of 17cm off the ground with his teeth in Paris France on the 31st March 1990.
Robert Galstyan of Masis Armenia, pulled two railway wagons coupled together, weighing a total of 219.175kg a distance of 7m along a railway track with his teeth at Shcherbinka, Moscow, Russia on 21st July 1992.
Do You Know?
Toothbrushes with nylon bristles were first developed in 1938. However, toothbrushes with bristles made from other materials existed long before that. In fact, China developed the first toothbrush with bristles in 1498. Materials first used included bristles from hogs, horses, and badgers.
Are you a wine drinker?
According to a study at Guy's Hospital in London, the acid in wine was shown to erode the enamel on teeth. A wine taster had been exposed to so much wine that only the fillings were protruding in some of the subject's teeth. Any individual who tastes wine or drinks wine often should clean his or her mouth at least twice a day. Typically, red wine causes the worst stains on teeth.