21 Fun Facts About Your Teeth

21 Fun Facts About Your Teeth

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Everyone knows that maintaining a healthy smile is important to your overall health. Many also know that their teeth are important because it allows your to eat better, look confident and even speak cohesively. Surprisingly, many Americans don’t have extensive facts of their pearly whites. Below you will find a list of fun facts about those teeth in the mouth.

  1. An average person has 32 teeth. That number includes 4 wisdom, 8 incisors, 4 canines, 12 molars and 8 pre-molars.
  2. The hardest tissue created by the body is tooth enamel.
  3. Flossing is important because avoiding the cleaning sting means you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth surfaces.
  4. The more time food remains in the mouth, the greater the chance for decay.
  5. Teeth are made out of a mixture of calcium, phosphorus and mineral salts.
  6. The average person brushes for about 45 to 70 seconds a day, but the recommended amount of time is 2-3 minutes per tooth brushing session.
  7. There are more than 300 types of bacteria in dental plaque.
  8. Teeth are made out of a mixture of calcium, phosphorus and mineral salts.
  9. Dentists recommend that patients keep their toothbrush at least six (6) feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles that splash when you flush the toilet.
  10. The calcium and other ingredients found in cheese are healthy for your teeth because they help reduce pH levels in plaque and re-mineralize your tooth enamel.
  11. Ancient Romans used a mixture of bones, eggshells, oyster shells and honey to keep their teeth clean.
  12. Eating sugary foods after meals decrease the chance for cavities.
  13. Eating sugary foods alone increases the chance for tooth decay.
  14. The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough saliva to fill 2 swimming pools.
  15. Just like finger prints, tooth prints are unique to each individual.
  16. If a tooth gets knocked out, it starts to die within 15 minutes. However, placing the tooth in milk or holding it in your mouth helps it survive longer.
  17. American as a whole buy 14 million gallons of toothpaste every year.
  18. The average American will use only 14 inches of dental floss every year.
  19. More than 51 million hours of school are lost each year by children due to dental-related illness.
  20. Doctors recommend that patients replace their toothbrush after an episode of flu, cold or other viral infections. Microbes and other germs can stick to the toothbrush bristles leading to re-infection.
  21. In the middle ages, people believed that dog’s teeth boiled in wine made an excellent mouth rinse for tooth decay prevention.

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