Upper Bucks Dental Arts knows the importance of oral hygiene education, but we understand that constantly thinking about gingivitis and periodontitis can be a buzzkill. With that being said, here are nine neat (and random) tooth facts to keep in mind:
- Every smile is unique. Your chompers’ layout is yours and yours only, like a fingerprint or snowflake.
- The average person brushes half as much as they should. Research shows that people brush between 45 and 70 seconds a day, but the recommended amount of brush time is 2-3 minutes daily.
- The average human produces over a quart of saliva every day which amounts to over 7,000 gallons in a typical lifetime. Saliva (spit) is an integral part of keeping your mouth clean.
- Toothbrushed date as far back as 3500 BC in ancient Egypt. Spoiler alert: they weren’t electric.
- One-third of every tooth lives beneath your gums. Teeth are a lot larger than you may think. The exposed portion of each tooth only accounts for 66% of that tooth.
- Women smile more. Studies show that women smile significantly more than men and children out-smile adults by an even wider margin.
- Giraffes only have bottom teeth. Fill your next awkward silence with this fun factoid.
- Plaque is wack. Did you know that plaque is home to millions of bacteria, including over 200 different species? Regularly floss and brush to avoid infection and decay (especially after sugary, carbohydrate-rich foods.)
- Over 75% of Americans have at least one cavity by age 17. Avoid this by encouraging regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing to your children.
Unfortunately, many people take their teeth for granted. As we grow older, we realize the importance of regular dental care. From cavities and infections to bad breath and discoloration, many issues that can plague your mouth if you ignore proper dental hygiene. Do your best to pay attention to your mouth to ensure you are healthy and happy year after year. If you’ve noticed any alarming symptoms or would like to schedule a checkup in the Quakertown area, give us a call at 215-538-4423.