Interesting Facts about Teeth and Dentistry?

*The average American spends 38.5 total days brushing their teeth over a lifetime.
*People who drink 3 or more glasses of soda each day have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others. Put down the pop and sports drinks and pick up some nice fresh water instead.
*Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. However, we do not recommend that you use your pearly whites to open bottle caps!
*If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth surfaces. Make sure you brush and floss twice a day!
*If you’re right handed, you will chew your food on your right side. If you’re left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.
*Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a million dollars on chewing gum.
*More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.
*Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different
*The average woman smiles 62 times a day. The average man smiles about 8 times a day.
*Kids laugh around 400 times a day, adults just 15 times a day.
*Giraffes only have bottom teeth.
*Just like finger prints, tooth prints are unique to each individual.
*The average person only brushes for 45 to 70 seconds a day, the recommended amount of time is 2-3 minutes.
*78% of Americans have had at least 1 cavity by age 17.
*1882 was the year commercial floss was first manufactured.
*The most valuable tooth belonged to Sir Isaac Newton. In 1816 one of his teeth was sold in London for $3,633, or in today’s terms $35,700. The tooth was set in a ring! (source: Guinness World Records 2002).
*More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque.
*Dogs have 42 teeth, cats have 30 teeth, pigs have 44 teeth, and an armadillo has 104 teeth.
*A snail’s mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but it can have over 25,000 teeth!
*The elephant grinds its molars and grows new ones. This happens six times in a lifetime! An elephant’s molar is about 7 inches square and can weigh over 6 pounds
*The Blue Whale is the largest mammal on earth, but it eats only tiny shrimp because it has no teeth.
*The Crocodile Bird flies into the open mouth of a crocodile and cleans the crocodile’s teeth!
*There are 10-12 teaspoons of sugar in a single can of soda.

The award for the most dedicated dentist must go to Brother Giovanni Batista Orsenigo from Rome, a monk who was also a dentist. He kept all the teeth he extracted over the 40 years that he was working. In 1903 the number was counted and found to be 2,000,744 teeth, an average of nearly 200 extractions per day!

Toothbrushes with nylon bristles were first developed in 1938. However toothbrushes made from other materials existed long before that. In Chinafor example, bristle toothbrushes existed as long ago as the 15th century. Materials first used included bristles from hogs, horses and badgers.

Whitening products for teeth date back to the Middle Ages. But the ancient procedures, in which the teeth would be filed down and bathed in nitric acid, quickly led to extensive tooth decay!

The first toothpaste was created by the Ancient Egyptians, and contained powdered oxen hooves, myrrh, pumice and burned eggshells.

Elizabeth I had to have all her teeth removed, apparently because of her love of sweets. Once they were removed, she refused to appear in public without padding out her mouth with wads of cotton to maintain a more normal, younger-looking, face shape

If you are right-handed you tend to chew on the right-hand side of your mouth. If you are left-handed you tend to chew on the left-hand side of your mouth.

Some scientists believe that humans were using toothpicks 1.8 million years ago. Curved grooves found on many ancient teeth are said to indicate that they used grass stalks to clean between their teeth.

Everyone’s set of teeth are unique to them, just as fingerprints are. Even identical twins can be told apart from their teeth.

Snails can have around 25,000 teeth – and they are found on their tongue! By comparison, a human has 32, a dog has 42 and a cat has 30.

The average woman smiles 62 times a day. Men only manage 8 smiles a day.

The first commercial on British TV, in September 1955, was for a toothpaste.

A Chinese dentist has built an 8’4” tower of 28,000 human teeth to try and raise awareness about dental hygiene.

In 1994, a prisoner in West Virginia, USA, plaited dental floss to make a rope and escape.

Kissing a donkey was supposed to be a great way of relieving toothache, according to “experts” in Germany in the Middle Ages.

Only your lower jaw moves when you chew – your upper jaw stays still. Try it for yourself!

In ancient Greece, donkeys’ milk was used as a mouthwash – it was believed to strengthen the gums and teeth.

An elephant’s back teeth (molars) weigh between eight and ten pounds each, and measure about 30cm (one foot) across – equivalent to more than 500 human teeth.

It’s no wonder sharks are so widely feared – at any one time, they can have up to 300 teeth! The teeth are arranged in about five rows. When one is damaged or lost, all the teeth behind it move forwards a row, filling the gap at the front. A new tooth then grows in the back row, so the shark is never left toothless.

* Note: All facts and jokes have been gathered from different internet sources.