Interesting Dental Facts

These are some of the interesting dental facts that you might not be aware of.......
 
  • Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. However, we do not recommend that you use your pearly whites to open bottle caps!

  • The earliest toothbrush was developed in China around 1600 BC. It was a simple chewing stick.

  • If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 35% of your tooth surfaces.

  • Certain Cheese and dark chocolates have been found to protect teeth from decay.

  • The plaque found on your teeth is home to more than 300 different species of bacteria.

  • Regular dental cleanings can help prevent heart attacks.

  • There are over 100 million bacteria in just one drop of Saliva.

  • The average person spends about 48 seconds per day brushing their teeth, but dentists recommend at least 2 or 3 minutes.

  • The common practice of placing a cap on your toothbrush is actually more detrimental–bacteria favor the moist environment, which increases reproduction.

  • 90% of systemic diseases have oral manifestations.

  • The average human produces 25000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill up two swimming pools.

  • According to a recent survey by Time magazine, 59% of people would rather have a dental appointment than sit next to someone who is talking on a cell phone!

  • The average woman smiles about 62 times per day! A man? Only 8.

  • People who tend to drink 3 or more glasses of soda/pop daily have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others.

  • 50% of people surveyed say that a person’s smile is the first physical trait they notice.

  • You are supposed to replace your toothbrush after you had the flu, cold or other viral infections. Notorious microbes can implant themselves on the toothbrush bristles leading to re-infection.

  • Like your fingerprints, everyone has a unique set of teeth. Even identical twins have different “dental fingerprints”!

  • A tooth that has been knocked out starts to die within 15 minutes, but if you put it in milk or hold it in your mouth it will survive longer. See a dentist ASAP!

  • Sports-related injuries account for approximately 5 million missing teeth per year, so make sure you wear a mouth guard, if you or your little ones are athletes.

  • New born babies do not have tooth decay bacteria. Often, the bacteria are transmitted from mother to baby when she kisses the child or blows in hot food/drink before feeding the baby.