Written by: on July 18, 2014 @ 11:15 am

realistic image of teethTaking your teeth for granted can be easy. Typically, we don’t think much about teeth unless we’re brushing them or they’re bothering us. Yet, the small marvels have quite an interesting story to tell, and if you listen for even a little while, you may find yourself amused. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, helps tell some of teeth’s more interesting stories throughout history.

Tales from Your Teeth

  • Best known for riding through the streets informing people of the pending British invasion, Paul Revere was actually a dentist by profession. In fact, he was the first to perform post-mortem dental forensics when he identified the body of his friend, Dr. Joseph Warren, by the dental bridge he constructed for him.
  • Staying in the same time frame, a common belief is that George Washington wore dentures made of wood. This may have been out of humility, but whatever the reason would’ve been, we will never know. The truth: George Washington possessed numerous sets of dentures, none of which were wooden, but some of which were made from luxurious hippopotamus ivory and gold.
  • Typically, humans grow their final permanent tooth before their 20s. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, however, the latest a person has ever grown a new tooth was at the age of 76!
  • Oral hygiene wasn’t much of a big deal in the United States until after World War II, when our soldiers returned home with strict hygiene routines that they imparted on their families and society. Every time you brush and floss your teeth, you can thank the US Army for its influence on good hygiene.


To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with one of the experts at the Comfort Dental Group, then contact us today by calling our office at (248) 474-6434. We welcome patients living in and around Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Northville, Westland, and Dearborn Heights.

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