A Few Fascinating Facts About Your Fascinating Teeth
- Posted on: Jun 15 2016
Your teeth are definitely not to be taken for granted!
There is nothing like a sunny, white smile and fresh, clean breath to make you and those around you feel great. Your teeth are also a critical component to your overall health. Did you know that the average adult has 28 to 32 teeth, depending on whether or not they still have their “wisdom” teeth. The absolute importance of brushing and flossing aside, how well do you know your pearly whites? Continue reading to learn more:
- The hardest substance in the human body is tooth enamel.
- Tooth decay is the most widespread disease of mankind, and it is the oldest.
- The second most common disease in the United States is tooth decay. The first is the common cold.
- If you aren’t flossing daily, you are missing about 40% of the surfaces of your teeth.
- It is interesting that 73% of people would rather go grocery shopping that floss their teeth.
- Happily, over three million miles of dental floss is purchased in North America each year.
- Most tooth loss in people under age 35 is from athletic trauma, fights or accidents.
- Most tooth loss in people over age 35 is from periodontal disease.
- There are over 300 types of bacteria in plaque – the sticky film that covers your teeth.
- The average person brushes for a mere 45-70 seconds a day…the recommended amount is at least two
- The first nylon bristled toothbrush with a plastic handle was invented in 1938.
- The electric toothbrush first appeared in 1939.
- A tooth that has been knocked out starts to die within 15 minutes. If it’s held in the mouth or put in milk it will survive longer.
- Babies begin to develop their primary teeth just six weeks after conception.
- About one in every 2000 babies is born with “natal teeth.”
- People with hyperdontia have extra or “super-numerary” teeth, usually hidden below the gum line.
- And last, but not least, 1950’s heart-throb, James Dean, was missing his front teeth and wore a bridge.
To our friends in Golden, CO…we continue to be your caring, progressive dentists. Call to schedule an appointment, today: (303) 277-9600.
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