Healthy teeth play an important role in our lives. They help us chew, digest food, and speak clearly. They also help us maintain our face shape and give us the confidence to lead successful social and professional lives.
There are many things about your teeth that you probably don’t know. Here’s a look at some of these interesting and fun facts.
1. Humans are Born With 20 Primary Teeth
When you were born, you had 20 primary or “baby” teeth hidden just beneath your gums. Each of these baby teeth emerged and fell out during your childhood. In their place, permanent or “adult” ones emerged. Factors like proper oral health care or trauma to the mouth may have played a role in when your baby teeth were removed.
2. Women Smile More than Men
Yale Research recently revealed that the average woman smiles 62 times per day, while the average man smiles just 8 times per day. The smile rate for both genders is much higher during childhood and teenage years. How many times a day do you show off your pearly whites?
3. The Average American Spends About 38.5 Days Brushing
Information published by the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) shows that the average American spends about 38.5 days brushing over their lifetime. Most people brush at least twice a day, morning and night, leading up to more than a full day and a half of this activity.
4. Teeth are the Hardest Substance in the Body
There is a common belief that bones are the hardest substance in the body. In reality, your teeth are the hardest! They are composed of more than 96 percent minerals which make them harder than bones. They are highly resilient to the extreme pressure of chewing and other movements.
5. No Two People Have the Same Set
Your teeth are as unique as your fingerprint and no two people have the same set. Some people have shorter, longer, gaps, crooked, staining, or chipped teeth. Some people also have more teeth revealed as a person’s wisdom teeth can become impacted under the gums.
6. Your Teeth Have a 200 lb. Bite Force
Have you ever wondered just how much your teeth can withstand? According to the American Dental Association (ADA), they can exert an average of 200 lbs. of pressure when you bite down. With teeth being so powerful, it’s easy to understand why many people have the bad habit of using them as tools to bite their nails or open packages.
7. Teeth Cannot Heal on Their Own
While most components of our body can heal on their own, the teeth are a rare exception. When they become damaged, they usually need to be repaired by a skilled dentist who will use crowns, caps, veneers, or fillings to repair teeth. For this reason and others, it is important to care for your oral health.
8. The First Toothbrushes Were Twigs
Before the implementation of modern dental tools, people of the past would use objects in their general surroundings to clean their teeth. Pre 5000 B.C., twigs were commonly used to clean and floss. The practice of chewing on twigs helped loosen stuck-on foods and bacteria buildup.
9. The Tooth Fairy Gives More Today
The first appearance of the modern Tooth Fairy occurred in a playlet written for children by Esther Watkins Arnold around 1927. This fun tradition has remained popular in the U.S. for many decades but the amount of money the Tooth Fairy gives has increased. In 1950, the average amount left was 25 cents. Today, kids can expect an average of $2 per tooth.
10. A Healthy Mouth Resists Damage
Visiting your dentist at least every six months for a cleaning is crucial for the long-term health of your mouth. Healthy teeth are more capable of resisting damage caused by plaque buildup and decay. If you haven’t already, see your dentist for a detailed exam and cleaning.
Contact Bonham Dental Arts
Looking to find a dentist in your area? Bonham Dental Arts serves the Largo and surrounding area with experienced family and cosmetic dental care. For better dental health and wellness, contact Bonham Dental Arts today to schedule an appointment.