Your teeth are amazing! They help you eat, allow you to speak properly, help give structure to your face and make you look amazing when you smile. But how much do you know about your teeth? We’ve put together some of the fascinating facts about teeth for you to explore.
1. People have been caring for their teeth for centuries. Did you know the first toothbrushes were actually twigs our ancestors chewed on, using the frayed ends to cleanse their teeth? Modern toothbrushes with nylon bristles arrived in the late 1930s, and the first electric toothbrush was introduced in 1954.
2. Teeth can tell stories about you. Scientists can tell a great deal about us just by examining our teeth. Did you realize that our teeth reveal how old we are, what we eat and drink – even where on Earth we may have lived?
3. Every tooth is unique. Whether we’re talking about the 20 baby teeth that serve us in childhood or the 32 permanent teeth we have in our adult years, no two teeth are exactly the same shape and size. Identical twins even have their own special dental patterns.
4. The blueprint for your teeth is present the day you’re born. When babies arrive, the crowns of their first 20 teeth are already in place, waiting for the right time to break through. And surprisingly, almost 1 out of every 2,000 babies is born with a tooth already!
5. Cleaning between your teeth is just as important as brushing the parts you see. When we brush, we’re able to easily reach the tops and sides of our teeth. But the surfaces between – which make up a significant part of our tooth enamel – need proper cleaning, too.
6. We produce a lot of saliva. We produce about 1 to 2 quarts of saliva a day, which over a lifetime is 25,000 quarts – enough to fill up 2 swimming pools.
7. Early toothpaste was pretty gross. Before the invention of the tasty mint toothpaste, people used to make it out of ground-up chalk or charcoal, lemon juice, leftover ashes from a fire, tobacco, and honey, all mixed together.
Your teeth are already amazing, and we are here to help keep them that way. When was your last visit? If it’s been more than 6 months – don’t hesitate – call today to schedule your next appointment!