Dental Facts

Did you know:

  1. The enamel on the top surface on your tooth is the hardest part of your entire body.
  2. Teeth start to form even before you are born—milk teeth or baby teeth start to form when the baby is in the womb, but they come through when the child is between 6-12 months old.
  3. Humans use four different types of teeth (incisors, canine, premolars, and molars) to cut, tear and grind their food.
  4. Humans have only two sets of teeth in their entire lifetime—baby teeth and permanent teeth. Once you have your permanent teeth, make sure you take good care of them.
  5. No two people have the same set of teeth—your teeth are as unique as your fingerprint, so be proud of your unique set of teeth.
  6. Your mouth produces over 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime—that’s enough to fill two swimming pools. Saliva has many uses, including assisting you with your digestion and protects your teeth from bacteria in your mouth.
  7. An average person spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth over their lifetime.
  8. Many diseases are linked to your oral health, including heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
  9. 2/3 of your tooth is underneath your gums—that means only one third of your tooth’s length is visible.
  10. People who drink 3 or more glasses of soda each day have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others.
  11. Replace your toothbrush after the cold or flu to avoid microbial build up which leads to reinfection.
  12. Cats have 30 teeth, dogs have 42 teeth, pigs have 44 teeth and humans have 32 teeth.
  13. Flossing at least once a day can increase your life expectancy by 6 years.