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Interesting and Fun Facts About Our Teeth

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, 50% of respondents surveyed said that a smile is the first feature they notice about another person.

  • Most adults have 32 teeth. Though miniscule in size comparison, mosquitos have about 47 teeth, and snails have about 25 teeth . . . on their tongues.

  • Your tooth enamel is the hardest part of your entire body.

  • Doc Holliday was a dentist.

  • Humans have two sets of teeth during their lifetime, while sharks have around 40 sets of teeth.

  • Chemicals in red wine, called proanthocyanidins, have strong antioxidant properties that work to prevent bacteria from sticking to saliva and teeth!

  • Your mouth produces over 25,000 quarts of saliva throughout your life. That’s enough to fill two swimming pools! Saliva protects your teeth from bacteria in your mouth.

  • Modern toothpaste has only been available for the past hundred years. Before this invention, humans used charcoal or ground chalk, ashes, lemon juice, and honey-tobacco mixtures to clean their teeth!

  • No two people have the same set of teeth—your teeth are as unique as your fingerprint.

  • Many diseases are linked to your oral health, including heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.

  • If you get your tooth knocked out, put it in milk and hold it in your mouth—this will help your tooth to survive longer. Make sure you see a dentist right away.

  • In 200 AD, the Romans used a mixture of bones, eggshells, oyster shells and honey to clean their teeth.

  • The second most common disease in the United States is tooth decay. The first is the common cold.

  • The sequence that foods are eaten can determine the risk for cavities. If you eat sugary foods after meals, you decrease the chance for cavities, as opposed to eating sugary foods alone.

  • In China, September 20th is an official holiday known as "Love Your Teeth Day.”

  • An Elephant's tooth can weigh over 6 pounds and measures one foot across.

  • Giraffes only have bottom teeth.

  • You are supposed to replace your toothbrush after you have an episode of flu, cold or other viral infections. Notorious microbes can implant themselves on the toothbrush bristles leading to re-infection.

  • In the middle ages, people believed that dog’s teeth boiled in wine made an excellent mouth rinse for tooth decay prevention.

  • Dogs have 42 teeth, cats have 30 teeth, pigs have 44 teeth, and an armadillo has 104 teeth.

  • The snail's mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but it can have over 25,000 teeth!

  • In early America, blacksmiths often also served as dentists.

  • In Egypt, mummies have been found with fillings comprised of resin and malachite, and gold wire was used to bind together loose teeth

  • The Romans, in 200 AD, used pretty impressive dental technology! They restored cavity-ridden teeth with gold crowns, and utilized fixed bridgework to fix gaps from missing teeth. They also used a form of toothpaste concocted from honey and crushed eggshells.

  • In Medieval Germany, the only cure for a toothache was to kiss a donkey.

  • 73% of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss.

  • The average woman smiles about 62 times per day! A man? Only 8.

  • The stone-faced farmer in artist Grant Wood’s famous “American Gothic” painting was actually the artist’s dentist!

  • Contrary to popular belief, George Washington’s famous dentures weren’t made from wood. His four pairs of custom chompers were crafted from gold, ivory, lead and a mixture of human, donkey, and hippopotamus teeth.

  • The cotton candy making machine that made widely consumed cotton candy possible was co-invented by a dentist. Before it was cotton candy, the fluffy confection was called “fairy floss.”

  • The saying “cat got your tongue” originated 2500 years ago in ancient assyria where conquered soldiers and criminals had their tongues cut out and fed to the king’s cats.