Be Thankful for Your Dental Care

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and it’s an occasion to celebrate just how much we’re thankful for. Wonderful company, great food, basic necessities (and then some), the list goes on and on. Have you ever thought of adding quality dental care to this list?

Comprehensive Dental Care at Cornerstone Dental

At Cornerstone Dental, located in Polk City, Iowa, dentist Dr. Ryan Hussong and our team employ only the greatest, most advanced technology and techniques when it comes to your preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental care. With countless procedures, treatments, and services to choose from, Cornerstone Dental can be your one-stop dental health shop, and you and your family have an open invitation to call us at (515) 984-6001 for all of your dental needs.

In spirit of the holiday, we want to give you a little knowledge about how the Pilgrims and Native Americans cared for their smiles during the first Thanksgiving. We hope it will put you in the holiday spirit and make you a little more thankful about your dental care.

Healthy Teeth and the First Thanksgiving

Although it wasn’t an official holiday until President Lincoln declared it in 1863, the first Thanksgiving took place in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Even back then, the Pilgrims and Native Americans were concerned with their oral health, so what did they use to care for their smiles?

The toothbrush as we know it was invented in 1885, so the attendants at the first Thanksgiving had to find other ways to clean their teeth. Some of these methods included using bones or feathers to scrape plaque from their pearly whites. It’s also likely that the Pilgrims rubbed salt on their teeth to remove grime, kill bacteria, and give their mouth an overall fresh feeling. It’s been proven that the Native Americans used herbs like sage to remove plaque and freshen their breath. Some tribes were way ahead of their time and actually made paste from the cucacua plant to clean their teeth.

It’s clear that oral health has been a topic of concern for hundreds of years, and a healthy mouth is just as important to overall health and wellbeing today. We want to help you achieve a healthy mouth and keep it that way. For more information, visit us online at polkcity.cornerstonedentalgroup.comm.