THE dentist isn't normally a lady or gentleman at the top of people's popularity list, but to help keep our nashers in good nick, a dentist we can trust and feel comfortable with is half the battle.
A dental practice with a long tradition of care for Black Country teeth celebrates 80 years of dentistry this year and can be found in Church Street, Bilston, opposite St. Leonard's Church. On Friday 12 October Lord Turner will be on hand to officially rubber stamp the celebrations which will hopefully include the attendance of former patients, those with memories of the practice in days gone by, and possibly some old instruments, artefacts and photographs that will form a small exhibition. If any Bilstonians, and those who live further away, can help the day go with the success it deserves, and provide memories, photographs or instruments, please contact Joan Oram on 01902 831127, who will be delighted to hear from you.
Here are a few interesting historical facts to ponder about dentistry whilst in the waiting room:
- French dentists were the first to mix mercury with various other metals and use the mixture as a plug for cavities in teeth in the early 19th century.
- Dental floss is an ancient invention and researchers have found dental floss and toothpick grooves in the teeth of prehistoric humans.
- In 1848 Waldo Hanchett patented the dental chair.
- On January 26, 1875, George Green patented the first electric dental drill.
- Toothpaste was used as long ago as 500 BC in both India and China. Modern toothpaste was developed in the 1800s. In 1824 a dentist named Peabody was the first person to add soap, followed by John Harris adding chalk in the 1850s. Colgate were the first company to mass produce toothpaste in a jar in 1873.
- The first mass produced toothbrush was created by William Addis of Clerkenwald, England.