Did You Know? Interesting Facts about Teeth and Dentistry
People who drink 3 or more glasses of fizzy drink each day have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others.
The average woman smiles 62 times a day. The average man smiles about 8 times a day.
On average children laugh around 400 times a day, adults just 15 times a day.
The average person only brushes for 45 to 70 seconds a day, the recommended amount of time is 2-3 minutes.
There are 10-12 teaspoons of sugar in a single can of fizzy drink
More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque.
Dogs have 42 teeth, cats have 30 teeth, pigs have 44 teeth, and an armadillo has 104 teeth.
A snail's mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but it can have over 25,000 teeth!
The elephant grinds its molars and grows new ones. This happens six times in a lifetime! An elephant's molar is about 7 inches square and can weigh over 6 pounds.
The Blue Whale is the largest mammal on earth, but it eats only tiny shrimp because it has no teeth
In 1866, Lucy Beaman Hobbs became the first licensed female dentist.
The earliest dentist known by name is Hesi-Re. He lived in Egypt over 5,000 years ago.
The first toothbrushes were tree twigs. Chewing on the tips of the twigs spread out the fibers, which were then used to clean the teeth.
Ancient Greeks used pumice, talc, alabaster, coral powder or iron rust as toothpaste.
In 1905, Dental Assistant Irene Newman was trained to clean teeth. She became the first Dental Hygeniest
1882 was the year commercial floss was first manufactured.
The most valuable tooth belonged to Sir Isaac Newton. In 1816 one of his teeth was sold in London for £2,520, or in today's terms £24,763.