Here are some facts about teeth you may not know about; some are entertaining however, most will help you keep your pearly whites in top shape.
- Too much fluoride can be bad for your teeth. In the 1950s fluoride was believed to make our teeth harder and more decay resistant. Problem is it is now in our water supplies, our mouthwashes and toothpastes. To avoid ingesting too much of a good thing, be sure to use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and avoid swallowing it. Or switch to fluoride-free dental products.
- Your teeth are as unique as your fingerprints which may be why law enforcement sometimes uses human bite marks as evidence!
- Tooth enamel is the hardest natural substance in our bodies.
- The average person spends about 40 days in their lifetime just brushing their teeth!
- Even though baby milk teeth do not emerge until the child is 6-12 months old, our teeth form during the gestational period.
- Among the facts about teeth that you may not know is that the ancient Mayans, not 20th century celebrities, used drills to decorate and bejewel their teeth.
- In some Latin countries, Perez the Mouse, not the tooth fairy, visits children who have placed a tooth under their pillow.
- In the 19th century, street dentistry was performed on the sidewalks of urban centers. Blacksmiths and barbers performed the majority of dental work back then. No mention of pain killers other than liquor had been used.
- The Chinese government has declared September 20th as ‘Love Your Teeth Day’ to increase awareness of the importance of dental care.
- We choose to end this selection of facts about teeth you may not know with a helpful suggestion: Seeing your dentist regularly can ensure that you maintain your adult teeth for a lifetime of healthy smiles!
We hope you have enjoyed these facts about teeth
Everyone knows the importance of maintaining our oral health. Also that scheduling regular dental checkups can keep our mouths healthy and our teeth strong. If you do not have health insurance, a discount dental plan may be right for you and your family. Call our EDP Dental Plan representatives at 631.272.5230 to discuss your dental requirements today.