Your mouth is a fascinating place full of stories! For as long as humanity has existed, we’ve studied and minded our oral care. Below are some fun facts about your mouth, and the tools we use that keep our smiles healthy!
1 – Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the entire body! This makes it perfect for protecting teeth against cavities!
2 – Tooth decay is actually classified as an infectious disease because it is caused by a specific strain of bacteria that can be shared between people.
3 – Around 25% of adults do not brush twice per day! We recommend brushing twice per day, for two minutes per session.
4 – The average person produces just over 100,00 gallons of saliva in their lifetime.
5 – The first toothbrush was actually called a “chewstick.” Chewsticks were made by chewing on one end of a small branch until it became soft and fibrous. Surprisingly enough, chewsticks were effective at cleaning teeth of debris.
6 – Cavities are the most common and most preventable disease in children, which affects nearly 42% of all American children each year.
7 – Americans buy more than 14 million gallons of toothpaste each year.
8 – Saliva actually helps fight cavities and keep tooth enamel strong by washing away sugary and acidic food debris.
9 – The human tongue is as unique as a fingerprint, and no two tongues are alike.
10 – Toothpaste was once made out of crushed seashells, salt, pulverized dried bread, and sometimes crushed bones! Ancient toothpaste was often flavored with mint, juniper and other herbs.
Take Care of Your Teeth
Your teeth are incredibly important to your overall health, and taking care of them can help you live a healthy life. It’s important that you brush twice per day for two minutes at a time. You should also floss once per day, and schedule a dental check up every six months.
source: “10 Fun Facts About Your Mouth”, justforkidsdental.com, Web May 28th, 2018.
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