4 Intriguing Tidbits of Dental Trivia

The mouth is incredibly complex and fascinating. At DeCapite Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we enjoy sharing helpful information about dental health and its effects for our patients in the Livonia, Redford, Dearborn Heights, Plymouth, and the surrounding Metro Detroit communities. It is important to stay educated about the latest techniques and treatments, but it’s also fun to look at some fascinating facts about teeth and the mouth that surrounds them!

Dr. Jim DeCapite offers four intriguing tidbits of dental trivia, for the enjoyment and knowledge of all our friends in the Motor City and beyond:

  • Cotton candy was invented by a dentist: In 1897, Dr. William Morrison and John C. Wharton invented a treat called “fairy floss.” Dr. Morrison was, indeed, a dentist! Morrison and Wharton heated sugar in a spinning bowl device that they also invented and introduced it at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. Fairy floss eventually became known as cotton candy!
  • The toothbrush is almost 240 years old: Although there is mention of a toothbrush in Chinese literature around 1600AD, the first record of a toothbrush being made was in England in 1780. Jim DeCapite and his professional staff urge our patients not to hold onto their toothbrush quite that long, instead recommending a new toothbrush every three to four months!
  • The jaw is a powerful muscle: The masseter or jaw muscle is one of the strongest muscles in the body! The jaw muscle can exert incredible pressure. When that pressure results in teeth grinding, though, it can cause serious issues.
  • A healthy mouth helps keep the rest of the body healthy: Dental health can help our patients reduce the risks of health problems in the rest of the body, like heart disease and poorly controlled diabetes. Healthy teeth and gums can make a huge difference to the health of the rest of the body!

The staff at DeCapite Family and Cosmetic Dentistry invites our patients to visit us in Livonia, near the intersection of Schoolcraft and Merriman Roads, for regular cleanings to improve their dental health and their overall health. We use the latest in dental technology and materials to ensure our patients are comfortable and happy with their results!

We look forward to meeting the dental needs of our patients in the Livonia, Redford, Dearborn Heights, Plymouth, and surrounding Metro Detroit communities. We accept new patients and, of course, all emergencies. Call the office today to set an appointment!


This informative post, about dental health, family and cosmetic dentistry, and patient care, is brought to you by DeCapite Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Livonia Michigan. 

Please call us for an appointment today.


734 744 5457

James W. DeCapite, D.D.S.

31644 Schoolcraft Road

Livonia, MI 48150

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The content of this blog article about dental trivia is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice in any manner or form. Always consult a dentist, doctor or licensed medical professional with any questions.

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