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.

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