An Intriguing Chapter in Toothbrush History

Were you aware that one early form of the toothbrush may have been invented in a prison? The creator was called William Addis, and here is his story.

Addis lived in England. Around the year 1770, he was thrown into prison for starting a riot. While there, he watched his fellow inmates as they cleaned their teeth. They would often take rags and apply some salt or even soot to them, and then they would rub the rags on their teeth. Watching these cleaning routines inspired Addis to create a more effective tool.

He took an animal bone, which he got from one of his meals, so he could use it as a handle. Somehow, he talked one of the guards into giving him bristles, which make up the actual brush part of toothbrushes. He drilled holes into the bone, and then glued the bristles into those holes.

Once he was released, he started a business to build more of his toothbrushes and market them. That little toothbrush served him and his business quite well apparently because that company is still in operation today.

This toothbrush was the first to be mass produced. Techniques and materials have changed and improved since Addis’ time, but he helped us get to where we are today.

If you would like to learn more about caring for your teeth or feel you could use a dental checkup, our team at Gill Family Dentistry in Modesto, California, is at your service. Our dentist, Dr. Amandeep Gill, is happy to help you manage the health of your smile. Just call (209) 549-1721 to let us know if you need anything. Thank you for visiting with us today!

Your Dental IQ: Test Your Knowledge Here

Did you know it’s best to know all about dental care? Well, it’s true. This is because it can help you properly and effectively clean, care for and treat your smile, which can give you the top-notch oral health you deserve. Our Dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill, encourages you to test your dental IQ to see how much you know today! You can do so by taking the following dental care quiz:

1. True or False: Bleeding gums after brushing and flossing is normal.
A. True
B. False

2. True or False: Sugar-free chewing gum can keep teeth healthy.
A. True
B. False

3. True or False: Pregnant women should pay very close attention to their oral health.
A. True
B. False

4. True or False: Baby teeth don’t need to be brushed because they will fall out in a few years.
A. True
B. False

5. True or False: Tooth decay is caused by plaque, bacteria, carbohydrates and poor oral hygiene.
A. True
B. False

6. True or False: Periodontal disease is caused by plaque, tartar and poor oral hygiene.
A. True
B. False


1. B
2. A
3. A
4. B
5. A
6. A

For more information and details about dental care in Modesto, California, please contact Gill Family Dentistry when you have the chance. Our dental team will be happy to give you the answers and help you need, so call (209) 549-1721 now!

Building a Foundation for Your Smile With Sedation Dentistry

With sedation dentistry, you can receive the necessary oral health care sedatives to calm and relax you before any procedures are to be given. With the use of sedation dentistry, you can find yourself being at ease rather than being stressed and anxious if your teeth and gums need any kind of dental work. Sedation dentistry is extremely helpful for individuals suffering from dental anxiety or those in need of complex procedures.

If you need to visit your dentist for dental work and are constantly worried about painful sensations or discomfort that you may experience, speak with your dentist about the use of a sedative. Oftentimes, many individuals go with gas station as they can prove to be effective for calming and relaxing individuals before minor treatments can be given.

However, if you require a stronger oral health care procedure, a stronger sedative may also be needed as well. For adjustable sedatives in which dosages can be changed, oral sedation and intravenous sedation are effective. With oral sedation, a pill can be ingested in which you will become groggy or even fall asleep. However, it often takes an entire hour before it kicks in. Alternatively, intravenous sedatives are directly injected into your veins and will go to work almost immediately.

For the highest level of sedation, consider the use of general anesthesia, also known as deep sedation. Anesthesia can put a patient into a state of unconsciousness from which they will not awake unless the anesthesia wears off.

Your smile and your oral health care can receive a boost with sedation dentistry. If you wish to visit the dental office of Gill Family Dentistry in Modesto, California, you can book an exam by calling us at (209) 549-1721. Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our entire team look forward to providing you with the sedation dentistry treatments you need.

Tips on Caring for Bleeding Gums

Do your gums bleed? If so, you shouldn’t ignore it. Typically, it’s a sign that your oral hygiene is a little on the poor side, meaning you probably don’t floss enough (or you don’t floss properly) or you probably don’t attend your checkup appointments as much as you should. It’s important to care for your gums regularly so you don’t fall victim to gum disease. So, if you have bleeding gums, our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill, encourages you to do the following things:

-Brush regularly: Make sure to brush twice a day for two minutes each time. Brushing under or over two minutes can harm your gums. Also, don’t brush too hard. Brushing too hard can irritate the gums. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush when you scrub.

-Floss regularly: Floss at least once a day and make sure to floss every crevice of the smile as well as along the gumline. This is a very important task because it removes the plaque from the smile. Plaque is a substance that commonly causes bleeding gums and gum disease.

-Attend your checkups: It’s vital to visit our office for a routine dental cleaning and exam appointment every six months. This is because the cleaning treatment provided removes the plaque and tartar from your teeth and gumline and saves your smile.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to care for bleeding gums in Modesto, California, please contact Gill Family Dentistry today at (209) 549-1721. Our dental team is more than happy to help you, and we look forward to your phone call!


The Reasons Why Your Smile Changes Color

Do you ever wonder why your tooth enamel changes color? If so, you have come to the right blog. Today, our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill, is happy to discuss the reasons why the smile changes. Unfortunately, some reasons you cannot control while others you can. The reasons for tooth discoloration include:

-Tooth-staining foods and drinks (Like red wine, coffee, dark berries, and tomato sauce. If it can stain fabric, it can stain your tooth enamel.)

-Tobacco use (Tar and nicotine stain the tooth enamel. Tar is naturally dark and nicotine is colorless until it meets oxygen. Then, it changes into a yellow, enamel-staining substance.)

-Age (Sometimes as time goes by, the white outer shell of the teeth wears away. Then, it exposes the underlying layer that is called dentin. Dentin is naturally yellow.)

-Trauma (Sometimes your tooth protects itself with dentin when it is injured. Like mentioned before, dentin is naturally yellow.)

-Medications (Some medications have a side effect of tooth darkening.)

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about tooth discoloration in Modesto, California, please contact Gill Family Dentistry today at (209) 549-1721. When you reach out to our dental team, we will be more than happy to give you the tips and information you need!