Dental Trivia – How Many Do You Know?

September
24

We often have dental facts drilled into our heads. Brush twice a day, floss your teeth, avoid sodas. We thought we would spice it up by telling you some fun dental facts!

 

  • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime – enough to fill 2 swimming pools!
  • The Statue of Liberty’s mouth is 3 feet wide.
  • A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 600 mph!
  • Most tooth loss in people under 35 years of age is caused by athletic trauma, fights or accidents.
  • Most tooth loss in people over age 35 is from periodontal disease.
  • Children begin to develop their primary teeth 6 weeks after conception, while still in their mother’s womb.
  • If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 35% of your tooth surfaces.
  • 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!
  • Today, less than 10% of adults over age 65 have lost teeth. Makes dental implants so much more important!
  • In the middle ages, people believed that dogs’ teeth boiled in wine made an excellent mouth rinse for tooth decay prevention.
  • Teeth are the hardest substance in the human body.
  • Ancient cultures chewed on twigs or roots to clean their teeth.
  • Boar, badger and horse hair were used for toothbrush bristles but were later found to be abrasive and harsh.
  • The first nylon bristled toothbrush with a plastic handle was invented in 1938.

How many of these did you know?


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