Every so often, it’s nice to write about something a bit different, unusual or light-hearted, and we thought we’d give this a go in our latest blog post!
To any animal, teeth are a valuable commodity, but just like everything in life, even teeth have secrets or quirky facts associated with them. Read on to discover some interesting tooth-related facts…
Fact 1: It is thought that the average person spends over a month in their lifetime cleaning their teeth. That’s a lot of toothbrushes and toothpaste to get through!
Fact 2: Adult humans have 32 teeth, and babies have 20. This is different to our domestic pet friends, with cats having 30 teeth and dogs with 42. Spare a thought for snails, though. Despite their small size, some are said to have over 25,000 teeth!
Fact 3: Are you left or right-handed? Studies have shown that you tend to chew food on the side of your mouth, correlating with your dominant hand. So, if you’re right-handed, the chances are that you chew on the right-hand side of your mouth!
Fact 4: We think of fingerprints as unique pieces of information about us as everyone’s fingerprint is different. Our teeth are also unique ‘prints’ of revealing who we are. This is why dental records are a good form of identification if other avenues fail.
Fact 5: Tooth enamel is one of the toughest substances in the human body. So, next time you hear about worn enamel, think how strong this must have been in the first place.
Fact 6: It is well known that brushing teeth alone is not sufficient – other measures like flossing need to be undertaken. Research has shown that a person can miss up to 40% of their mouth if they fail to floss.
Fact 7: Plaque is a common bacterium found inside mouths. Did you know, however, that plaque is made up of around 300 different types of bacteria?
Fact 8: Saliva is a vital substance used to break down food and keep teeth clean. An average person produces enough saliva during a lifetime to fill the size of two average swimming pools!
Fact 9: Toothpaste (as we know it) is a relatively modern invention that has only been around for about 100 years. Before this, common substances used to clean teeth included chalk, lemon choice and even ash from charcoal. This is quite contrary to what we know now about some of these substances today.
Fact 10: A smile is the first thing that over half of people notice about new people. So, what further reason do you need for looking after your teeth to promote and radiate that stunning smile!?