Did you know? Interesting Facts about Teeth & Dentistry

Did you know?

  • Unlike bones or other parts of the body, teeth are incapable of self-repair. This is why receiving fillings and other dental work is necessary to protect teeth from further damage.
  • Most tooth loss in people under 35 years of age is caused by athletic trauma, fights or accidents.
  • Most tooth loss in people over age 35 is from Periodontal Disease.
  • Teeth are the hardest substance in the human body.
  • Regular dental cleanings can help prevent heart attacks.
  • Tooth Decay is the 2nd most common disease in the U.S. after the common cold.
  • If you don’t floss you miss cleaning 35% of your tooth surfaces.
  • Over three million miles of dental floss is purchased in North America each year.
  • People who drink 3 or more cans of pop daily have 62% more tooth decay, fillings, and tooth loss than people that don’t drink pop.
  • It takes 43 muscles to frown; it only takes 17 to smile.
  • Just like finger prints, tooth prints are unique to each individual.
  • 78% of Americans have had at least 1 cavity by age 17.
  • 80% of the U.S. population has some form of periodontal (gum) disease.
  • The human tongue is as unique as a fingerprint. No two people have the same tongue print.
  • More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque.
  • The average person only brushes for 45 to 70 seconds a day, the recommended amount of time is 2-3 minutes.
  • Today less than 10% of adults over age 65 have lost teeth.
  • Approximately $2 billion a year is spent on dental products in the United States. (toothpaste, mouthwash, floss and toothbrushes)
  • According to “Consumer’s Report”, Dentist’s are among the 5 most trusted professionals in the U.S.
  • Regular dental cleanings can help prevent heart attacks.
  • Adults have 32 teeth, children have 20 teeth.tooth