We have all had to visit a dentist at some point in our lives, and for most of us we will visit our dentist at least twice a year for our dental check-ups. After all having healthy gums and teeth is very important not only for our general oral wellbeing, but also for our confidence and self-esteem when it comes to the appearance of our teeth.images (4)

Dentistry as we all know is a branch of medicine which involves the study, diagnosis, prevention and treatment that has anything to do with the oral cavity. This can include your teeth, gums, jaw and other facial areas.

For most of us a trip to dentist is just that, whether problems with our teeth such as tooth ache or our twice yearly dental check-up, after that we don’t give much thought about the important work dentist do to keep our oral health in tip top shape. However this important field in medicine has quite interesting past and history that goes along with it.

Dentistry seems to be almost as old as civilisation itself, with the first evidence of dentistry being practiced, dating all the way back to 7000BC. The Indus Valley Civilisation would use primitive tools such as bow drills to treat tooth related diseases, which at the time was thought to be caused by a worm in the tooth and evidence shows these methods where quite reliable and effective.

Below are ten very interesting and fun facts about dentistry.

  • Over a life time the average person will brush their teeth for a total of 38 days.
  • Your teeth are made up of three main ingredients calcium, phosphorus and mineral salts.
  • In the UK it takes 4 years to become a qualified dentist and up to 6 years to specialise in a field of dentistry such as periodontics
  • On the 20th of September China has an official holiday known as ‘Love Your Teeth Day’
  • The average person has 32 teeth. 12 molars, 8 pre-molars, 4 wisdom, 8 incisors and 4 canines.
  • People in the middle ages believed that boiling dogs teeth in wine was an excellent mouthwash to prevent tooth decay.
  • Tooth decay is the second most common disease in the UK, the first being the common cold
  • The enamel that covers your teeth is the hardest tissue in the body.
  • Due to the calcium and phosphorus found in cheese, makes eating this popular dairy product very good to re-mineralise the enamel on our teeth.
  • The romans would use a strange mixture of egg shells, animal bones and honey to clean their teeth.


These interesting facts where bought to you by dentists in Cardiff.

About the Cardiff Dentist

We are a respected and professional private dental practice that has been serving the community of Llanishen and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Over that time we have built a reputation for our high quality care.

Lianishen Dental Centre


15 Heol Hir



South Glamorgan

CF14 5AA

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