There is no secret that teeth are one of the many things we use everyday that we take for granted. Teeth are in our mouths doing the main job – helping us chew and speak. Because they are so important for us and our overall well-being, we have decided to share with you some interesting things you may not know about dentistry. Here is an opportunity to surprise your friends with a fun dental fact! Have a look at the 13 most interesting facts about teeth, dentistry and oral hygiene.
1. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in our body. It is harder than bones.
2. Statistics show that we spend about 48 seconds per day brushing our teeth, while dentists recommend at least 2-3 minutes.
3. When it comes to teeth, white smile is the most important thing today. However, a long time ago in Japan,white teeth were considered ugly, so people dyed their teeth black!
4. Did you know that besides your fingerprints, the tongue has a print too?! Yeah, it is true! Everyone has a different tongue print.
5. If you brush your teeth just like dentist recommend, twice a day for two minutes, you will use approximately 20 gallons of toothpaste in a lifetime.
6. Americans didn’t brush their teeth regularly until after the World War II.
7. The old toothpastes contained tasty ingredients like honey, soot or crushed egg shells.
8. Maybe you thing that putting gemstones in teeth is a new and modern way of beautify your smile, but that is not true. The Mayans did it first.
9. Before the dental evolution, blacksmiths was what handled toothaches and other dental work.
10. There is no secret that the smile is one of the very first thing we notice about someone.
11. In America, at least 3 out of 4 people suffer from periodontitis (gum disease) the main cause of tooth loss for people over 35. But, do not worry. Today gum disease can be prevented and treated with proper therapy!
12. In 200 AD, the Romans used impressive dental technique to cover missing teeth. They restored cavity teeth with gold crowns and used them to fill gaps from missing teeth.
13. The common practice of placing a cap on your toothbrush is actually harmful as the moist environment is bacteria friendly, which increases reproduction.