The History of Braces

Dental braces would seem to be the kind of invention that was developed in the Victorian era and refined during the 20th century, as so many of our modern items seem to be. Given the necessary finesse in constructing and attaching braces, combined with the needed understanding of orthodontics, this hypothesis stands up to reason - but not the facts. Remarkable though it may be, braces have a far longer history than is commonly assumed. Classical Braces Dental braces go back not one or two centuries, but over two and a half millennia. The Greeks discussed ways to straighten teeth, for example, and archeologists have found remains with metal bands and catgut attached to the teeth such that the most reasonable conclusion to draw is these were early efforts at dental braces. The Etruscans, meanwhile, seem to have applied dental braces to their deceased, apparently in an effort to maintain the shape of the teeth for the afterlife. The Romans also provide examples of dental braces …
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Fun Ways to Teach Kids About Dental Hygiene

When it comes to teaching kids about dental hygiene, the most innovative methods are the most effective. Considering kids have shorter attention spans, the content should be interesting, engaging, and most of all, fun. To help you along the way, the following information explains a few fun and creative ways to teach kids about dental hygiene. Dental Trivial Pursuit Since most children are competitive, you can create various games designed to reward them for their knowledge of dental hygiene. One great format to use is the Trivial Pursuit format. You can even use the trivia questions found on the ADA website. As a result, your child will be engaged, entertained, and learn about dental history at the same time. Write a Smile Another great way to make learning about dental hygiene fun is to create an essay or poetry contest. You can pitch themes such as, "The brighter my smile,....." or "I love my smile because...." Using creative prompts will get the kid's minds jogging and…
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Gingivitis Symptoms and Treatment

There are three main symptoms of gingivitis.  The first one of these symptoms is going to be trench mouth.  Most of the time, this is going to mean that your gums are bleeding or starting to swell. You might also have some very bad breath and pain in your gums.  This means that your gums are going to appear to have a gray color to them.  The pointed part of your gums that is in between the teeth will become flat, which is going to accommodate more to the dead tissue inside of the gums.

 The second one of these symptoms of gingivitis is the recession of the gums or loose teeth.  The longer that you have gingivitis, the more that your gums are going to recede.  Therefore, they are no longer going to be able to support the bone structure that you are going to need for your teeth to stay in your mouth.  This means that you might end up having to get dentures but they might need to be fitted several times for your mouth.  This could also change the…
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