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by Jillian Aitken on November 8th, 2017

  1. The stone-faced farmer in artist Grant Wood’s famous painting “American Gothic” was actually the artist’s dentist! That's him, above.
  2. In the 1800's, blacksmiths and barbers also served as dentists. Talk about getting “more bang for your buck!”
  3. Machine-spun cotton candy was invented in 1897 by the dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C. Wharton. They first introduced it to a wide audience at the 1904 World's Fair as “Fairy Floss” with great success, selling 68,655 boxes at 25¢ per box.
  4. Approximately one third of people squeeze their toothpaste from the middle of the tube. Are you one of them?
  5. Before the invention of toothpaste, people used abrasive materials to clean their teeth, such as eggshells or pumice.
  6. September 20th is “Love Your Teeth Day” in China. This nationwide campaign encourages people to take care of their teeth and gums, and promotes oral health education.
  7. The most valuable tooth in the world belonged to Sir Isaac Newton. A rich businessman from London purchased it for $35,700 and had it placed in a ring.
  8. In 1994, a West Virginia inmate braided dental floss into a rope, scaled a wall, and escaped! However, we suggest that patients use it to clean the 35% of tooth surfaces missed by brushing alone. Better yet, just don’t go to prison!
  9. In Egypt, ancient mummies have been found with fillings comprised of resin and malachite. As well, gold wire was used to bind together loose teeth.
  10. Queen Elizabeth I had to have all her teeth removed, on account of her love of sweets. Once they were removed, she refused to appear in public without padding inside her mouth made out of wads of cotton to maintain a more normal, younger-looking face shape.
  11. During the American Civil War, soldiers were required to have at least four opposing front teeth so that they could rip open a gunpowder pouch. Some draftees actually had their front teeth removed to avoid service.
  12. In order to work in certain parts of Antarctica, your wisdom teeth and appendix must be removed, even if they are perfectly healthy. The reason behind this is that you can't be evacuated and operated on from March to the end of September -- the continent is completely isolated.
  13. So called “eye-teeth” are nicknamed as such, because the maxillary canines (to which they refer) are in line with the eye.
  14. Humans, like other mammals, only get two sets of teeth: baby and adult teeth. In all other toothed vertebrates, new teeth replace old ones once lost.
  15. The tooth fairy isn’t immune to the changing inflation rate. In 1900, the average amount she left for kids’ teeth was 12 cents. In 1950, it more than doubled to 25 cents, and then quadrupled by 1988 to $1.00. In 2013, the average amount swelled to $3.70.

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Mint Dentistry is a Toronto dental office with locations on Queen Street West and in The Junction.

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Mint Dentistry Queen West

106-1153 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M6J 1J4

Two free parking spots reserved for patients right in front of our door. Eastbound streetcar stop: Beaconsfield. Westbound: Abell.

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Sat: 8am to 1pm once a month

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P: 416-767-MINT (6468)
F: 416-763-5517

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Mint Dentistry Junction

3084 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M6P 1Z8

The number 40 Junction bus runs every ten minutes or better and stops at Quebec Ave. both eastbound and westbound. One hour and three hour free parking often available on side streets.

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Sat: 8am to 1pm once a month

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