You already know that it is important to brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and keep up with regular dental visits for healthy teeth. What you might not know is there are some other fun facts about teeth and dental care.
Fun Fact #1: You can whiten your teeth by eating apples and cheese.
Apples and cheese help remove plaque and at the same time can whiten the teeth.
Fun Fact #2: Eating fresh pineapple also helps whiten the teeth.
Pineapple contains a natural whitener that is often found in whitening toothpaste.
Fun Fact #3: Everyone – mostly – will develop the same number of teeth.
From childhood until we become adults, we develop 30 teeth – 4 canines, 8 incisors, 8 premolars, and 10 secondary molars. The only exception is not everyone develops wisdom teeth, which are called third molars.
Fun Fact #4: Drinking 3 or more servings of soda and sports drinks increases tooth decay by as much as 62%.
These beverages contain sugars that feed the bacteria in the mouth that cause tooth decay. Instead, drink water to stay hydrated.
Fun Fact #5: Your tongue has its own unique “print” just like your fingerprints.
Fun Fact #6: People buy more blue coloured toothbrushes than red ones.
Fun Fact #7: When you don’t floss, roughly 40% of tooth surfaces are not cleaned.
Make sure to floss at least once a day to remove food particles and plaque.
Fun Fact #8: Almost 80% of teenagers will have a cavity before they turn 17.
Fun Fact #9: Dental plaque can consist of more than 300 different types of bacteria.
Fun Fact #10: There are about 59 milliliters of sugar in each serving of soda.
Fun Fact #11: The hardest material in the human body is not bone, but tooth enamel.
However, you should not use your teeth to open packages, remove bottle caps, or chew on ice as it can weaken and damage the enamel.
Fun Fact #12: Your risk for heart disease is increased if you have periodontal disease.
Fun Fact #13: The second most common type of disease is tooth decay.
Fun Fact #14: Smokers have a higher risk of developing periodontal disease than non-smokers.
Fun Fact #15: More than 53 liters of toothpaste are sold each year.
Fun Fact #16: Left-handled people tend to chew food on the left side of their mouth while right-handed people tend to chew food on the right side of the mouth.
Fun Fact #17: If you have hyperdontia, teeth could grow across the roof of your mouth.
This rare condition causes extra teeth to grow. In extreme cases, teeth can develop anywhere on the upper jaw and roof of the mouth.
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