A recent study shows that the smile is the first trait that people notice about another person, and our teeth contributes a lot to it.
We need our teeth for eating, talking and smiling, and we have to make sure that we take care of them very well.
Sometimes, we often overlook how important our teeth are, so here are 10 fun facts about our teeth to show you how special they are:
1. The enamel on your teeth is the hardest substance in our entire body. It’s made out of calcium, phosphorus, and mineral salts. However, no matter how hard it seems to be, it’s still not advisable to open bottles using your teeth.
2. Everyone’s teeth are a unique set, just like your fingerprints. Nobody has the same set as yours, even identical twins, so be proud of your teeth.
3. It shows that an average person spends around 38.5 days over a lifetime brushing their teeth. Furthermore, a person only brushes their teeth for an average of 48 seconds per day; although dentist recommends it should be at least 2 to 3 minutes.
4. Tooth decay is the 2nd most common disease in the USA, next to cold. And in school, more than 51 million school hours each year are lost by children because of dental-related illness.
5. Replace your toothbrush if you recently had colds, flu, or any viral infections. Harmful microbes implant themselves on your toothbrush that may cause you to get the infection again.
6. About 14 million gallons of toothpaste are bought each year, and an average person uses 14 inches of dental floss each year. Although 73 out of 100 Americans would rather go shopping than floss their teeth.
7. There is a holiday in China called as “Love Your Teeth Day”. It is celebrated on the 20th of September each year.
8. Our mouth produces more than 25,000 quarts of saliva throughout our lifetime, which is enough to fill 2 large swimming pools. Saliva helps with our digestion, as well as protecting our teeth from bacteria in our mouth.
Take a look at this humorous video with fun facts about your kids’ teeth:
10. A plaque is actually home to over 300 kinds of bacteria, and many diseases like diabetes, heart ailments, and osteoporosis are linked to your oral hygiene. Make sure to rinse your mouth with a mouthwash after brushing and flossing.
11. Right-handed people tend to chew food on their right side. Likewise, left-handed people tend to chew food on their left side.
12. The longer the food stays in the mouth, the greater the chance for tooth decay.
13. Lastly, you will only have 2 sets of teeth in your lifetime – your baby teeth and your permanent teeth. Once you have the permanent set, make sure to take care of them well!
I hope you enjoyed these fun facts about teeth. Since I’m a dentist I may be biased, but I thought they were interesting enough to pass along.
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