Facts You May Not Know About Teeth

Most people know that healthy teeth are imperative for smiling, talking, and of course, eating; however, some take teeth for granted and overlook just how special they really are.

  • The American Academy of Periodontology recently conducted a survey where 50 percent of the people who were surveyed said a nice smile is the first thing that they notice when meeting another person.
  • People in the United States go through 14 million gallons of toothpaste every single year.
  • The majority of adults have 32 teeth. However, snails are living with as many as 25,000 teeth located on the tongue.
  • The enamel on your teeth is harder than your bones; in fact, enamel is the hardest part of your body.
  • Teeth are formed in the womb; however, your baby teeth will not begin to erupt until you are six to twelve months old.
  • A human has two sets of teeth while sharks have about 40 sets and go through as many as 30,000 teeth in a lifetime.
  • Crocodiles can chew up about 3,000 teeth during its lifetime.  
  • Your mouth will produce more than 25,000 quarts of saliva. That is enough saliva to fill up two swimming pools. Saliva helps to protect your teeth against harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
  • People, who practice good oral hygiene, brushing twice and flossing once each day, will spend about 38 entire days brushing during their lifetime.
  • One third of teeth are located underneath the gums.
  • Before toothpaste was invented, only about 100 years ago, people would use lemon juice, ground chalk, honey and tobacco and even ashes to clean teeth.
  • The plaque that sits on your teeth plays host to over 300 different types of bacteria.
  • Most people on average will spend 49 seconds brushing their teeth. However, dentists recommend that you brush for at least two or three minutes.
  • A West Virginia prisoner braided dental floss that he made into a rope to scale a wall before escaping back in 1994.
  • If you don’t floss, consider that you are missing as much as 35 percent of the surfaces on your teeth when you brush alone.  
  • Capping your toothbrush is more harmful as bacteria prefer a moist environment. This increases bacteria reproduction.
  • An astounding three out of four people in the United States suffer from some type of gum disease whether it is gingivitis, or the more serious periodontal disease.

These facts may be fun, but some are downright alarming, and if you are one of the people, who have bleeding, red, or swollen gums, schedule an appointment with your dentist today. After all, it’s never too late to start looking after your teeth and gums.