Fascinating Dental Fun Facts

Smile and teeth are two most appealing parts of the body. “Behind every smile there’s teeth” says Confucius. We often try to read and listen to advice about how to keep our teeth healthy and appealing. But there are many facts about dentistry which are very little known.

I often like to attend medical and dental-related seminars. Last week, a seminar was held at my university in which the top Dentist in Rawalpindi participated. One of the best and recognized dentists of Shah Dental Clinic shared some amazing facts about dentistry in his presentation. Here is a list of some of those interesting teeth and dentistry facts that I found fascinating:

  1. 25% of adults DO NOT regularly brush their teeth. This makes them susceptible to tooth decay by 33%. 
  2. Coconuts are the best bacteria-killing food. Their use reduces the chances of gum diseases and cavities. 
  3. Approximately, 75% of school-going kids globally have the issue of dental caries. 
  4. 48% of young adults stopped posting their pictures on social media because of their smiles. 
  5. 90% of a bad breath smell is the result of dental problems.
  6. People who are addicted to smoking are 2-7 times more susceptible to dental disease than others.  
  7. It was a custom during the middle ages to relieve your toothache must kiss the donkey. 
  8. Tooth enamel is the most compact structure of the human body.
  9. On average a human being produces 100,000 gallons of saliva during his whole lifetime.
  10. Tooth decay is the second most common disease, after the common cold.
  11. People mostly buy blue toothbrushes than red ones.
  12. Teeth are present in the human body before birth. 
  13. Pregnant mothers with poor dental health are 7 times more likely to give birth to premature and low birth weight babies.
  14. People with periodontal disease are at double risk of having heart problems.  
  15. The first bristled toothbrush was made in China in 1498. Bristles from hogs, horses, and badgers were used.
  16. After illnesses using a new toothbrush prevents the chances of re-infection. 
  17. While frown 43 muscles are used but for smiling only 17 muscles are used. 
  18. Smiling increases the attraction of the human body. 
  19. An apple a day may keep you away from the dental clinic, but it makes you 3 times more susceptible to dental problems.  
  20. Dental diseases are the main cause of Kids absentees from school.  
  21. The human tongue is unique for each individual. Each person has a unique tongue print. 
  22. The number of bacteria in the mouth is greater than the number of people on earth. 
  23. The average woman smiles 62 times a day. The average man? Only 8 times.
  24. Dinosaurs grew new teeth when one was lost or broken.
  25. Kids laugh roughly 400 times a day. The average adult laughs only 15 times per day.
  26. A fossilized T-Rex tooth is 1 pound in weight.
  27. In 200 A.D., the Romans used a mixture of bones, eggshells, oyster shells, and honey to clean their teeth.
  28. A snail’s mouth is equal to the size of a pin’s head, still, it carries more than 25,000 teeth. 
  29. In 1994, a West Virginia prison inmate who braided dental floss into a rope scaled the wall, and escaped!
  30. In the 1800s, blacksmiths and barbers also worked as dentists.
  31. Americans are mostly choked on by toothpicks.
  32. The stone-faced farmer in artist Grant Wood’s famous “American Gothic” painting was actually the artist’s dentist.
  33. Sports-related injuries are roughly 5 million lost teeth per year.
  34. The cotton candy making machine that made widely consumed cotton candy possible was co-invented by a dentist. Before it was cotton candy, the fluffy confection was called “fairy floss.”
  35. The earliest known dentist was Hesi-ren, an Egyptian “doctor of the tooth” who lived around 3000 B.C.
  36. The saying “cat got your tongue” originated 2500 years ago in ancient Assyria where conquered soldiers and criminals were forced to cut their tongues and feed the king’s cats.
  37. Since ancient times various materials like gums, stone chips, and resins are used to fill the cavities. 
  38. The taste bud lives for about 10 days. The five known tastes detected by taste buds are: bitter, sour, salty, sweet, and umami. Umami was identified in 1908 by Japanese research and the chemical responsible for it is monosodium glutamate.
  39. 60% of people are unaware that a sore jaw, along with chest pain, can signal a heart attack – especially in women.
  40. 90% of system diseases are dental related.
  41. The most valuable tooth belonged to Sir Isaac Newton. In 1816, one of his teeth was sold in London for $3,633.00, or in today’s terms, $35,700.00. The tooth was set in a ring.

In the end, I hope these facts make you a bit surprised and also give you some useful tips to improve your dental hygiene.

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