15 Fun Facts about Teeth

By May 23, 2019 No Comments

Here at Urban Smiles Family Dental with Dr. Rob Andrew we believe it’s important to not only treat our patients with high quality care, but to educate them about their oral health so they can be empowered to live healthy lives.

Below are 15 fun facts about teeth we thought you’d enjoy learning about.

  1. Today’s tooth fairy needs a lot more silver than she did in 1900, when she left an average of twelve cents. In 1998, the tooth fairy left an average of one dollar. In 2019, the going rate for a lost tooth reached an all-time high with an average rate for of $3.70 per tooth.
  2. The enamel on the top surface on your tooth is the hardest part of your entire body.
  3. 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.
  4. Humans use four different types of teeth (incisors, canine, premolars, and molars) to cut, tear and grind their food.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. An average person spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth over their lifetime.
  9. Many diseases are linked to your oral health, including heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
  10. One third of your tooth is underneath your gums—that means only two thirds of your tooth’s length is visible.
  11. If you get your tooth knocked out, put it in milk and hold it in your mouth—this will help your tooth to survive longer. Make sure you see a dentist right away.
  12. On September 20th, China celebrates “Love your Teeth Day” – a national holiday promoting oral awareness among its 1.2 billion people.
  13. Certain cheeses including aged cheddar, swiss and monterey jack have been found to protect teeth from decay.
  14. Not only is tooth decay the most common and widespread disease of humankind, it is the oldest. Skulls of pre-historic humans have been examined and tooth decay has been found.
  15. Athletes are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth when not wearing a mouth guard during athletic activities.

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