Did you know? Fun facts about teeth and dentistry

  • Giraffes only have bottom teeth.
  • Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, even stronger than bones.
  • Similar to fingerprints, everyone’s tooth print and arrangement is different.
  • There are about 12 teaspoons of sugar in a can of soda.
  • George Washington’s dentures consisted of gold, elephant ivory, hippopotamus tusk, and human teeth.
  • Teeth start to build up in the womb.
  • The average human has 32 teeth. On the other hand, mosquitoes have twice as many teeth as humans.
  • During Roman times, people would sterilize urine and use it as a mouthwash.
  • The amount of saliva produced in your mouth in a lifetime is enough to fill two swimming pools.
  • Over 300 species of bacteria can be found in plaque.
  • If you neglect treatment of tooth decay in children, it can lead to problems in speaking and learning.
  • Cheese is your best friend when it comes to protecting your teeth. It can create a defensive layer which fights against acid.
  • On average, humans spend 40 days of their lives brushing their teeth.
  • Wisdom teeth are labeled as “love teeth” in Korea because they refer to young adulthood and the pain of first love.
  • Bad or imperfect teeth are considered attractive in Japan (Yaeba).
  • The author of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, Roald Dahl had all of his teeth pulled out at the age of 21 because he found them to be troublesome.
  • In Ancient Greece, their version of toothpaste consisted of alabaster, talc, pumice, coral powder, and even iron rust.
  • If you are right-handed, you are more likely to chew on the right side of your mouth. If you are left-handed, you are more likely to chew on the left side of your mouth.
  • In the 1800s, blacksmiths and barbers also worked as dentists.
  • The lifespan of a taste bud is roughly around 10 days.
  • The candy cotton machine was originally co-invented by a dentist.
  • One fossilized T-rex tooth can equally weigh one pound.
  • About 75% of school children around the globe have dental cavities.
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