The History And Importance Of Teeth

The teeth are the hardest substances in our body. We all know that they are essential for chewing, but they also play a considerable role when it comes to our ability to speak. Parts of the teeth are: enamel (hardest part of your entire body), dentin, pulp, cementum and periodontal ligament. The crowns of teeth project into the mouth, and the root of each tooth goes down into the jaw. The teeth are amongst the most long-lasting and distinctive characteristic of the mammal species. Our teeth start to form before we are even born, and they are as unique as our fingerprints.

If we look way back, about 2,500 years ago, we would be surprised how much the Mayan civilization knew and understood how to take care of their teeth. While most people today want to whiten their teeth, the Mayans did things with their teeth you could not even imagine. They would decorate their teeth in many ways, making small holes in their teeth which they fitted with gemstones and all kinds of jewels, so their mouths would look pretty. If their dentists could do this without breaking their teeth then the Mayans must have been really skilled at dental work.

It is also interesting that hundreds of years ago, when there wasn’t anything close to a specific dental profession many people went to the dentist only when they had a toothache, and they required the tooth to be taken out. During that time, the blacksmiths and barbers, having the appropriate tools, did the majority of dental work.

On the other hand, nowadays science and dental profession have progressed incredibly says for example, China’s researchers are trying to grow synthetic teeth. Although they are still far away from accomplishing that, they have some interesting ideas. They thought of using stem cells, but since getting a hold of those is pretty difficult, they came up with another solution – using human urine to extract them. As you can figure, there are some issues with this method, such as contamination issues, or making the mouth fully accept the new synthetic teeth that need to be inserted. There’s no doubt that dental profession has thrived until today, and it will surely continue to develop and improve in the future.

It also has to be mentioned that our oral hygiene is very important, not only because of the teeth, but also because many diseases including heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis, are related to our oral health. Before the invention of a modern toothpaste, people used ashes, lemon juice and many other things to clean their teeth, so be thankful for all today’s dental products, and take good care of your teeth because your permanent teeth only grow once.

Clear aligner therapy: Begin with the end in mind

Forty-one years ago, when I began my journey as an orthodontist, I was fortunate to have been invited to associate with Dr. Robert Ricketts and Dr. Ruel Bench in their Pacific Palisades, Calif., practice. During those 11 years of working closely with them, I learned many valuable lessons, but the one I call upon every day in my practice is to “begin with the end in mind.” In other words, visualize the treatment objectives before starting the treatment.

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Teeth And How They Work

What are different types of teeth?

For one thing, they are inherently unique to all of us since being born. For each person, teeth grow differently and at an average of four micrometers per day. That’s why identities can be discovered through teeth. They can give a rough age estimate, distinguish ethnic backgrounds and be traced back to particular individuals. Wearing out teeth also depends on how old you are but this varies as well. Different individual habits and lifestyles can also be better understood by the state of the teeth. We recently caught up with the dentists at to discuss how they approach custom patient care. Below is a summary of their research and approach to the problem of tailoring oral care with specific types of teeth and tooth related issues.

Though every tooth has a name, there can be multiples of the same types of teeth. In a full set of teeth there are two upper central incisors and upper lateral incisors. Every tooth in the mouth has its own designation and many different ways to be labeled. But there are some popular methods by which they can individually be identified. Popular methods can include through the FDI (Federation of Dentaire Internationale), The Palmer Method and The Universal System.

Types of Teeth and What They Do

Incisors are the front and center teeth, usually number eight. They are generally distributed with four on bottom and four on the top. You take bites of food with these teeth specifically. Usually the first teeth to erupt after being born, they compose the first set of teeth at 6 months and make up the adult teeth that begin to come in at age 7 or 8.

Second are the Canines. There are usually four in number and they are the next teeth that develop. They are also the sharpest of your teeth, mainly used for tearing or ripping foods apart, such as steak. These canines usually erupt between age 16 and 20 months, with uppers coming in before lower teeth. However, when the adult teeth or permanent teeth come in, lower canines appear around age 9 and the top canines coming about 12 years of age.

Third are Premolars, which are used primarily for chewing. Typically there are four premolars on both sides of the mouth, with two upper and two lower. Appearing at around age 10, first premolars come in, followed by the second set.
Fourth are Molars, also used for chewing and grinding. Molars come in at almost 15 months of age. These molars (also called deciduous molars) eventually will have permanent premolars replacing them (four top, four bottom). The permanent molars come in behind the premolars and the primary teeth. Erupting around the age of 6 years, primary molars eventually fall out, replaced by secondary molars between ages 11 and 13.

Lastly, there are Third Molars which are commonly referred to as wisdom teeth. Last to develop, these teeth erupt at the ripe old age of 18 to 20. Some never develop these third molars. Those who do however, sometimes have to have them removed because of overcrowding.

Dental professor travels to Syrian refugee camps, treats more than 1,000 children

BUFFALO, N.Y., USA: Every few months, Othman Shibly performs what some consider to be a miracle. The Lebanese-born University at Buffalo dental professor travels regularly to refugee camps in the countries neighboring Syria to establish dental clinics, open schools and deliver needed medical supplies. His most recent endeavor: Providing dental care to more than 1,000 children living in Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon in five days.

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Dentist leads fight against drug abuse at National Night Out fairs

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: Dr. Bernard Fialkoff, a periodontist and dental implant surgeon from Bayside, N.Y., and president and founding sponsor of Foundation for a Drug Free World of the Americas Chapter, partnered with the Bronx YMCA, Police Athletic League, National Council of Drugs of Haiti, CG Global Consultants, International Human Rights Commission, Laterna Restaurant and the National Latino Officers Association of America to provide free drug education booths at more than 15 NYPD precincts at National Night Out, held recently.

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A toehold in Europe leads to a global footprint

It seems logical that if the goal is international success, one of the steps toward growing a prosperous company would be to establish a strong presence in the domestic market. Compared to overseas, though, the Australian dental industry is quite small, and international companies, such as Henry Schein and DENTSPLY, dominate in the local market. However, there are industry innovators in Australia bucking this trend and becoming significant players on the international stage.

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AcceleDent attributes its success to clinical evidence, high patient satisfaction

Now available in more than 3,000 orthodontic locations in North America, AcceleDent is being integrated into orthodontic practices in the United States and internationally as standard of care for accelerated orthodontic treatment. AcceleDent is an FDA-cleared, Class II medical device that speeds up orthodontic treatment by as much as 50 percent and relieves pain often associated with treatment.

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Historical overview of orthodontic education, from the beginning up to the 21st century (Part 4)

In 2002, 300 full-time faculty positions were unfilled, and an additional 200 to 600 new faculty members would be needed every year thereafter (Trotman, Bennett, Scheffler and Tulloch, 2002). The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the American Association of Orthodontists established task forces to study this shortage, which they declared was at a crisis level and that academe was no longer an attractive career option (Trotman et al., 2002; Peck, 2003).

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