• Dental Hygiene, Innovation, and the Royal Family of France

    How the Court of Versailles Contributed to the Contemporary Struggle Against Virulent Oral Microorganisms

    Seventeenth century France at the Palace of Versailles represented the best of times and the worst of times. Behind the glittering parties and hallways lined with gold, lay a very dirty, ugly reality. While the royal family smiled on the outside, their internal smiles often hid rotten, infected, and missing teeth. At this time, the term oral hygiene did not yet exist-that is, until it wreaked death and misfortune on royal generations to come.

    King Louis XIV

    Louis XIV’s severe dental problems led to the appointment of the world’s first official dentist. At the beginning of Louis XIV’s reign, dentistry remained the practice of charlatans. Tonics, bloodletting, leeching, and the extraction of teeth represented the entirety of this largely ineffective practice. After several bouts with severe toothaches, followed by several tooth removals, a major infection took over the king’s mouth. Because of this infection, more teeth had to be subsequently removed. This incident led to the King appointing a special dentist in 1712, with the exclusive job of preserving the few teeth he had left. (1) Nevertheless, the King’s special dentist relied upon the traditional practices of the day, which unfortunately remained largely ineffective.

    King Louis XV

    Dental infections not only affected the king but also contributed to the high infant mortality rate experienced by the royal court. Queen Marie-Therese, the wife of Louis XIV, suffered from rotten teeth, with her remaining ones completely blackened. (1) The queen’s body weakened and riddled with constant infections originating in her mouth, she lost five children shortly after childbirth or in early infancy. Only one of her children survived to adulthood. (3) In 1741, Queen Marie-Therese’s grandson, Louis XV realizing the overall health significance of caring for one’s teeth, issued a royal decree giving dentists ” a status of their own and no longer… count(ing) them among the odd charlatans.” (1)

    Botot, the first toothpaste & mouthwash

    Louis XV’s granddaughter, Princess Marie-Therese, born on July 19, 1746, died before reaching the age of two. She had fallen victim of a “toothache too brutal” and was grossly “ill-treated.” (2) The death of the little girl represented true heartbreak for the crown prince, as she represented the only link he still had to his late first wife. (2) In an effort to forestall such future calamities, in 1755, Dr. Julien Botot, the official royal court dentist, presented Louis XV with a new invention; a paste that one applies to their teeth, for the exclusive purpose of keeping them healthy. In addition to that, he also concocted an oral rinse, with the aspiration of assisting in removing unseemly odors. He called the paste “toothpaste” and the rinse “mouthwash.” (1). News of these new inventions spread throughout the royal court, across the country, and then ultimately throughout Europe, contributing significantly to our dental practices today.

    World Health Organization (WHO)

    The twenty-first century led to a plethora of challenges in the dental industry. New, inventive toothpaste and mouthwashes hit the burgeoning market. Teeth become whiter, straighter, and longer lasting, largely because of more stringent standards of cleanliness. However, in 2005, the World Health Organization released a paper advocating the reduction of mercury in the cleaning solutions of hospitals. (4) This factor, coupled with the systematic overuse of antibiotics, (5) contributed to the rise of superbugs, or virulent microorganisms, including Stepelococous, Staph, and Candida. (6) Today, our mouths represent the most effective way for these superbugs to enter our bodies, and the results are catastrophic. Systemic health effects include “cardiovascular disease, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes mellitus, and low birth weight.” (7) The most vulnerable members of our society are at greatest risk-that is, seniors wearing partials, and children wearing braces or other orally insertable devices.

    The reality of systemic health problems affecting our most vulnerable has led to further innovations in the dental industry. One company making great strides in this area is Soluria. With their highly advanced cleaners, specifically made for orally inserted devices, Soluria is contributing greatly to the halt of microorganisms and systemic diseases originating in the mouth. (8) Just as the death of Marie-Therese led to the creation of toothpaste and mouthwash, the rise of modern-day superbugs has led to new highly effective cleaners for both teeth and orally inserted devices. These liquids represent the newest generation of dental cleansers, stepping far beyond traditional toothpaste and mouthwashes. As the superbugs of today continue to evolve and change, so must the dental industry. The industry must stay steps ahead, especially in regard to cleaning oral devices, as they are continually used by society’s most vulnerable.

    The severe dental problems experienced by the royal court of Versailles ultimately led to great advances in the dental industry as well as personal hygiene. From the recognition of the industry in 1712, to the invention of toothpaste in 1755, dentistry evolved and changed initially within the confines of the royal court. (1) Their new smiles infected those around them, in a good way, with the advances spreading throughout the nobles, the townspeople, Europe, and ultimately the world, changing the teeth of everyone for the better. Today, with the rise of superbugs, and the appearance of virulent oral microorganisms, Soluria is making advances in the dental industry for those wearing removable oral devices of all types, especially the new innovations in clear braces. With specialized products like Smile Saver™, created specifically for these devices, Soluria is making the latest advances in helping these patients have a better experience and begin to look at ways to help win the fight against oral systemic health issues. (8)

    For further information about the latest advancements in cleaners and sanitizers for removable oral devices in a highly desired on-the-go format, please go to soluria.com

    1. http://thisisversaillesmadame.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-tale-of-royal-teeth-black-rotten-gone.html
    2. https://fr.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie-Th%C3%A9r%C3%A8se_de_France_(1746-1748)
    3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Theresa_of_Spain
    4. http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/medicalwaste/mercurypolpaper.pdf
    5. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0503-unnecessary-prescriptions.html
    6. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.111/j.1472-765x.2011.03031.x
    7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC88948/
    8. https://soluria.com
  • New Jersey Dental Hygienists’ Association


    Click here to learn about our Smile Saver Affiliate Program.  Several RDHs interested in a new product technology for wearers of removable oral devices have joined the team.

    Come Smile with us!

    Garden State Conference
    Friday Evening 10.27.17 & Saturday 10.28.17

    Princeton Westin
    A personalized website for NJDHA GSC occurring 10.27-28.17 has been created for you. Guests can access the site to book a reservation from 5.18.17 to 10.7.17; after 10.7.17 rooms are subject to prevailing rates & availability. You can access until the meeting to modify or cancel your reservation.
    Click here for the website.

    Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month
    Network with Your community of dental hygienists!

    “Together We Can Make a Difference”

    Click here for Official Program!

    See you there!

  • Maryland Dental Hygienists Association

    This past Saturday, October 21, we exhibited at the MDHA annual meeting near Baltimore, MD.

    Our product Smile Saver and our Smile Saver Affiliate Program were well received and we signed up several more affiliates to this exciting program that brings excellent product benefits that serve a tremendous need for those patients that wear removable oral devices – retainers, clear aligners, night guards, partial dentures or athletic mouth guards.

    Click here if you wish to learn more about the Smile Saver Affiliate Program

  • Under One Roof

    RDH Under One Roof


    RDH Under One Roof is All About Dental Hygienists!

    RDH Under One Roof is a three-day action packed event offering quality dental hygiene education. Dental hygienists learn from leading speakers in the industry during the educational courses. All attendees are also invited to visit the exhibit floor to view the newest dental hygiene products and dental equipment from the exhibitors.

    #ProtectYourMouth exhibited with Smile Saver products in 2017 and had a fabulous show, signing up several RDHs to the PYM Smile Saver Affiliate Program. Click here to learn more about this program

    See you next year at RDH-UnderOneRoof 2018 … Booth 528

  • Soluria and the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA)

    ADHA - American Dental Hygienists Association

    Soluria™ is excited to announce their participation at the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) 94th annual conference which is being held in Jacksonville, Florida on June 15-17, 2017.  The ADHA represents the professional interests of more than 185,000 registered dental hygienists across the country. The annual conference offers these dental specialists an opportunity to partner in sharing knowledge, insights, research and opportunities.

    Make sure to visit Soluria on the exhibit floor during the event and learn about Smile Saver™. With no sugar, no alcohol, no scrubbing, no rinsing, no peroxides, and no harmful chemicals, Smile Saver™ kills over 99.9% of bacteria and germs in 60 seconds and gives a great burst of flavor!

    As a special offer, attendees of the ADHA conference can use the coupon code