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Fun Dental Facts You Should Know

People are aware that our teeth are quite essential for having a good smile, being able to speak well, and for chewing and eating.

But we tend to overlook how truly special and valuable our teeth can be.

Meanwhile, many of us follow a regular oral hygiene routine as well as visit the dentist twice a year for professional cleanings and exhaustive dental checkups to ensure that we have good oral health.

Dentists aim to treat their patients with premium quality dental care. However, many times, educating people about their oral health is often ignored. Let us discover more about the fun facts of our precious teeth.

Fun Dental Facts:

  • The enamel of the teeth is the toughest substance in the body. However, it still isn’t wise to use the teeth to open bottles; enamel is not indestructible.
  • 6 is a cool number. This is also how many feet you should store your toothbrush from the toilet to avert airborne particles from accumulating on your toothbrush’s bristles.
  • Many believe Washington’s dentures were made from wood. In reality, the 4 pairs of his custom chompers were made from lead, ivory, gold, and a mixture of hippopotamus, donkey, and human teeth.
  • A person’s tongue print is different just like his or her fingerprints.
  • In 1498, the first toothbrush with bristles was designed in China. The Ancient Chinese would use bristles made of hair from badgers, horses, and hogs. It wasn’t until 1938 when the first approved commercial toothbrush was made.
  • Before the invention of modern toothpaste, people would use ashes, lemon juice, charcoal, honey-tobacco mixtures, and/or ground chalk to clean their teeth.

Dental Statistics:

  • Americans spend 100-billion dollars annually buying hair care products. Only 2-billion dollars is spent on dental care products.
  • The mouth produces more than twenty-five thousand quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is quite adequate to fill two swimming pools.
  • The plaque present on the teeth is home to over 300 diverse species of bacteria. So, this makes it more imperative to gargle with an antibacterial oral rinse.
  • About 73 percent of Americans prefer going grocery shopping than flossing.
  • 59 percent suffer from tooth decay. This is the most common chronic disease among kids ages 5 to 17.
  • About 75 percent of US population suffers from gum disease.
  • Approximately 33 percent of Americans have untreated dental caries.
  • Tooth decay is still the most common disease in the US aside from common cold. Only a third of the population between the ages of five and seventeen are cavity-free.
  • A person misses nearly 40 percent of his or her tooth surfaces if he or she does not floss. So, it is important to brush at least twice per day and floss daily.
  • The average woman smiles approximately 62 times per day. On the other hand, a man smiles about only 8 times a day.
  • An average person spends approximately 48 seconds brushing their teeth per day. However, the recommended time is at least two to three minutes.
  • More than a million miles of dental floss sell in North America annually.
  • Children laugh approximately 400 times per day. However, adults laugh only 15 times per day.

Disclaimer: The oral health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. Hawaii Family Dental strongly recommends to always consult licensed dentists or other qualified health care professionals for any questions concerning your oral health.


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