We all know that keeping our teeth healthy is important for a nice smile and better quality of life, but did you know that the teeth are one of the most amazing parts of the body? If you don’t believe it, check out these fascinating facts about teeth and dentistry. Interesting facts about teeth
Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body. It helps us tear apart flesh and bone when we eat. This does not mean, however, that you should pry open metal cans or bottle caps with your teeth.
Just like fingerprints, tooth marks are unique to each individual and are sometimes used for identification in crime labs. Tooth plaque contains over 300 varieties of bacteria (a good reason to brush and floss!).
The most valuable tooth in history belonged to Sir Isaac Newton, the inventor of modern physics and calculus. In 1816 one of his teeth was set in a ring and sold in London for $3,633, which is equivalent to $35,700 today.
Elephants grind their teeth and grow new ones. They grow six sets of molars over a lifetime.
The Blue Whale, the largest animal on earth, has no teeth, while the snail, with a mouth the size of the head of a pin, can have over 25,000 teeth.
Interesting facts about dental health and dentistry:
The earliest known tooth brushes in history were tree twigs. The tips of the twigs were chewed on to spread out the wood fibers that were then used to brush the teeth.
The earliest recorded dentist was Hesi-Re who lived in Egypt over 5,000 years ago.
George Washington did not have wooden teeth. He used dentures made from various materials including ivory, gold and human teeth. The average American spends about 38 days brushing their teeth over a lifetime. The average person brushes 45 to 70 seconds per day, while dentists recommend about 2 to 3 minutes.
Dentists recommend flossing because brushing alone would miss 40% of the surface of the tooth.
People who drink 3 or more servings of soda per day have 62% more fillings and tooth loss than people who drink less soda. This is a good reason to limit sugary beverages like energy drinks and pop.
About 78% of Americans get at least one cavity by age 17.