The Ages of Dentistry

Just as with all medicine, dentistry is an ever-evolving field. At our dental office in Scottsdale, we’re constantly updating technology and improving our knowledge to better serve our patients just like you.

But imagine if you lived 200 hundred years ago. What was dentistry like then? How about during the middle ages? Would the dentists of those times have been able to replace your lost tooth? Would they have been able to fill a cavity? What would they have recommended you do for a toothache?

Let’s take a look!

Dentistry in the middle ages:

For the common folk, dentistry consisted mostly of self-care and occasional visits to practitioners or barber surgeons who treated a toothache by pulling the offending tooth and suggesting things like kissing a donkey to cure the toothache. It also wasn’t unheard of to recommend concocting a mixture of newts, lizards, and beetles into a powder and applying it to the painful tooth throughout the day.  Could you imagine?

The truth is, in spite of inconsistent professional care, most medieval commoners had clean, white teeth. Why? And how? Their diets were similar to what a modern dentist would recommend for a healthy mouth. That being, one very low in sugar and refined flours and high in calcium.  They also used all kinds of fairly effective tooth cleaners and mouth rinses, including a paste made from crushed peppermint and rock salt.

Looking at Dentistry in the 19th Century:

Dentistry didn’t begin to resemble what we think of as dentistry today until the early 18th century, and by the 19th century, dentistry began to seem pretty modern. European surgeons had begun experimenting with implanting teeth; dentures were being created out of both human teeth, the teeth of animals, and porcelain; and nitrous oxide, the same laughing gas we sometimes use today, was introduced by Humphry Davy around 1800. In 1840, the Baltimore College of Dentistry, the first dental college, was founded by Chapin Harris and Horace Hayden. It was the first step into dentistry as we know it today.

Our Dentistry Today:

At our Scottsdale dental office, we’ve continued to adapt and improve our services as the advancements in dental care improve. We always ensure the utmost in comfort, technology, and service. To schedule an appointment and experience the difference, give us a call today!

Welcoming patients from Scottsdale, Phoenix, Paradise Valley and Fountain Hills.

The Battles of Bruxism While You Sleep The Nightly Grind

As the new year approaches, so can major stress. Dentists often see more patients in these high-stress times more than ever. Why? Well because, Bruxism.

Now you’re probably wondering- “What is Bruxism?”

Bruxism is just a fancy word for clenching and grinding of teeth. And if you have a tendency to clench, you do it more in times of stress. Of course, there are other reasons people clench and grind, but stress is a huge one. If your stress is off the charts, call Scottsdale Serenity Smiles dental office. You may just want a nightguard to protect your teeth!
Do I Really Grind my Teeth?

Many people who grind and clench their teeth don’t realize that they do it. Often it takes a broken tooth, an observer, or a dentist to realize it is happening.
If you notice any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from bruxism:

  • Worn, chipped, broken teeth
  • Exposure of tooth layers and loss of enamel
  • Flattened tooth surfaces
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Damaged mouth tissue
  • Jaw pain
  • Headache and facial pain
  • Earache from jaw muscle tension and contraction
  • A scalloped tongue or irregular tongue edges

Now What Causes Tooth Grinding and Clenching?

We have already mentioned stress, but there are other things that could compound your risk or cause tooth grinding and clenching even if you are a super-relaxed person.

These causes include:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Acid reflux
  • Stress, tension, or anxiety
  • Misaligned jaw or poor bite alignment
  • As a side effect of some medications

What Can I do to Protect my Teeth?

At our dental office Serenity Smiles in Scottsdale, we want to help protect your smile. We offer comfortable, custom-fitted mouthguards to ease the pain of clenching and grinding and keep your teeth – and your precious restorations – strong and intact. Give us a call today and find relief!

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Welcome to Serenity Smiles Dentistry, a serene cosmetic dentistry practice in Scottsdale, Arizona. We take great satisfaction in helping you maintain optimal oral health with the most technologically advanced available. Our practice is devoted to the most gentle dental care, we don’t just treat a patient’s teeth, but the whole patient. Read more