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25 Remarkable Facts You Didn’t Know About Your Oral Health

  1. Your mouth will produce over 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime – that’s enough to fill two swimming pools.
  2. An average person spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth in a lifetime.
  3. The hardest part of your entire body is the enamel on the top surface of your tooth.
  4. The second most common disease in the United States is tooth decay. Start brushing!
  5. Dental floss is so tough that a prison inmate in West Virginia once used it to scale a wall to escape.
  6. An elephant’s tooth can be a foot across and weigh up to six pounds. Talk about a fatal bite.
  7. Putting a cap on your toothbrush can cause it to harbor more bacteria growth. Let your toothbrush breath the fresh air.
  8. The first bristled toothbrush was made of hog, horse and badger hair and was made in China all the way back in the late 1400s.oral health
  9. Can you guess how many teeth a snail has? 25. Not a huge deal, except for the fact that they are all on their tongue.
  10. Speaking of animals and their teeth, Giraffes, only have bottom teeth.
  11. Egyptians mummies have been discovered with dental fillings. Everyone knows the importance of taking care of their teeth.
  12. Crocodiles don’t have to worry about brushing; A species of bird called the crocodile bird flies into the open mouths of crocs and cleans their teeth for them. Talk about a dangerous job.  oral health
  13. Woman smile on average 62 times per day. Men? Only 8. Can’t say I’m too surprised.
  14. Your teeth are like fingerprints; no two are the same.
  15. More people choke on toothpicks each year than they do food. If I were you, I would just stick to floss.
  16. The Romans used to use toothpaste made from honey and crushed eggshells.
  17. US consumers buy 14 million gallons of toothpaste each year.
  18. If you think kids are the biggest candy munchers, think again; adults consume about 65% of all the candy products in the US.
  19. One-third of your teeth are located beneath your gums.
  20. Teeth tattoos. Yeah, you read right. Thankfully the ink is not applied directly to the tooth’s enamel; it’s placed on a cap or crown that is fitted over the tooth, but is just as permanent as a traditional tattoo. oral health
  21. Instead of trying to whiten your teeth, like so many of us do today, the Mayan culture would have their dentists use a primitive drill to decorate their teeth. They would have parts of the tooth cut out, shaped into a design, or even went as far as bejeweling their teeth.
  22. George Washington never had wooden teeth. His dentures were made from gold hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory, and human teeth.
  23. If you’re right handed you will typically chew your food on the right side of your mouth. If you’re left handed you will tend to chew your food on the left side.
  24. The Blue Whale is the largest mammal on earth, but it eats only tiny shrimp because it has no teeth.
  25. More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.