Farmington Hills Dentist Travels Back in Time to Discover Old Dental Products

Flavored toothpastesLet’s travel back to 1931. Being marketed in that period of history was a toothbrush featuring rubber discs instead of bristles. Advertisements for the rubber toothbrush claimed that the discs would make it easier to clean between teeth. Not surprisingly, the product sold poorly. Dr. Aziza Askari, your Farmington Hills dentist, will share some interesting history about toothbrushes and other dental products that you may have never heard of.

More Sugar Means More Cavities

The late 1700s boasted an all-time high for sugar consumption. This was occurring as a result of international trade. By now you are probably aware that sugar consumed in large qualities is not a good recipe for healthy teeth. Add in the fact that dental hygiene knowledge and practices were minimal in those days, and you can imagine the sky-rocketing of cavities. Tooth cleaning methods left much to be desired. Rubbing teeth with a rag soaked in soot and salt did not go very far in truly obliterating plaque and tartar buildup. Fortunately, a businessman by the name of William Addis had the foresight to mass market a product he came across which we know today as a toothbrush.

Unique Toothpaste Flavors

If you went to your cabinet right now, you might find a peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, or perhaps bubble gum toothpaste. The most popular flavors have not veered very far off of those courses over the years. However, in 1954, Don Poynter was the man who came up with bourbon and scotch flavored toothpastes. Alcohol free, cocktail flavored toothpaste has a brief stint of popularity. However, this success was fleeting and the flavors were off the market before long. As a side note, Don Poytner was also the inventor of crossword puzzle toilet paper.

Comprehensive Dentistry from Farmington Hills Dentist

Dr. Askari is here to offer you all of the most up-to-date information in dentistry. If you would like to consult with your Farmington Hills dentist about general dentistry needs, contact our 48335 dentist office at (248)474-6434. We are happy to serve patients of all ages, from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, and surrounding neighborhoods.