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DENTAL FUN FACTS

Did you know?

  • Tooth Brush

    Throughout our lifetime, each of us could spend about 40 days brushing our teeth, if we brush for the recommended two minutes each time.

  • Tooth

    The enamel on our teeth is the strongest part of the body. Still, opening bottles with our teeth is not advisable.

  • Sodas

    Drinking 3 or more sodas in a day increases the risk of cavities and tooth loss by 62%.

  • Bubble Gum

    Right-handed people tend to chew on the right side of their mouth. Likewise, those who are left-handed will more often chew on the left.

  • Tooth Surface

    40% of our tooth surface is hidden, reachable only by dental floss. Make sure you're flossing on a daily basis!

  • Brush

    Iron rust was one of the various ingredients used to brush teeth in ancient Greece.

  • Microorganisms

    More than 100,000,000 microorganisms live in the mouth. They feed, reproduce, and deposit waste here. Make sure you're brushing twice a day!

  • Worker

    Daily tooth-brushing did not become the norm amongst Americans until after WWII.

  • Dental Floss

    Daily flossing increases a person's average life expectancy by 6 years.

  • Woman

    Just a century ago, half of all adults in North America were toothless.

 

Do you believe?

Sugar is the main culprit for tooth decay. This is a myth. Sugar actually feeds oral bacteria. These organisms then deposit acidic waste onto teeth, which wears down enamel, causing cavities.

Gum disease is a minor oral condition. Also a myth, this belief could end up costing you your teeth - and your health! Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It is also linked to hundreds of health conditions, including some that are very serious, like heart attack and stroke.

Frequent, aggressive brushing will protect your teeth and gums. On the contrary, brushing too much or too heard could cause abrasions to the delicate tissue around your teeth, making you more vulnerable to infection, rather than less.

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