Dental Facts

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Did you know that the average person produces a quart of saliva daily? That’s 10,000 gallons of spit over a lifetime. Saliva is essential to good dental health because it washes food off the teeth, neutralizes acids in the mouth, fights germs and prevents bad breath.

The average American spends 38.5 total days brushing their teeth over a lifetime.

The average woman smiles 62 times a day. The average man smiles about 8 times a day.


We think a shiny, white smile is attractive, but did you know in medieval Japan white teeth were considered ugly? Women used roots and inks to stain their teeth black, which they felt was much more attractive.


Dental floss was first manufactured in 1882. If you floss once a day, you will use about 5 miles of floss over your lifetime! Dental floss isn’t just for teeth—a prison inmate in West Virginia braided floss into a rope, scaled the prison wall and escaped.

More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.

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.

Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different.

George Washington never had wooden teeth. His dentures were made from gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory and human teeth!

Giraffes only have bottom teeth.

If you had a toothache in Germany, in the Middle Ages, you would have been told to kiss a donkey to cure your toothache!



A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 600 mph!

Children begin to develop their primary teeth 6 weeks after conception, while still in their mother’s womb.

A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans.



Providing our patients with a pleasant, comfortable dental experience is our highest priority! Our dental staff is highly trained and skilled, and we strive to provide friendly, high-quality service to each patient. Our team at Nicholas D. Esplin, DDS in Vacaville, Ca. looks forward to taking care of you and your smile!