Fun and Interesting Dental Facts

Are you brushing your teeth thoroughly and long enough?

Studies have shown that most individuals brush their teeth for 45 seconds. However, the American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes.

Oral B has created a new iPhone app that you can launch every time you brush your teeth. This new app will encourage everyone to brush their teeth in a full 2-minute routine. Another, less tekkie option, is to sing or listen to a song, or even use an egg timer. Many electric toothbrushes have a built-in timer. Make sure you’re getting your time in.

Is Halloween dangerous to your children’s oral health?

We love the celebration of the Halloween, most especially the wearing of costumes and the trick or treating. What can really damage children’s teeth is the intake of the chewy and sticky candies and treats in the weeks following. This is a prime opportunity to remind and teach our children how to care for their smile by brushing their teeth, particularly before they go to bed.

Why do we have foul breath in the morning?

During the night when you sleep, the production of saliva slows down considerably. If you haven’t reduced or eliminated bacteria by brushing your teeth before you go to bed, bacteria can start to grow. Before you go to bed at night, be sure to do your toothbrush routine to minimize the foul breath in the morning. Don’t forget to thoroughly clean your tongue, this will help minimize bad breath when you wake up.

Dental X-rays are safe and have gone digital

Many dental practices now offer the awesome convenience of digital X-rays. This reduces the low radiation used to take the pictures of your mouth even more. To have the X-rays done, you will still have to wear a lead apron which protects the body from any radiation. The amount of radiation in a single dental X-ray is miniscule compared to the amount of radiation we’re exposed to outside the dental office during our lifetime.

Tooth Worms do not cause cavities

In the 1800s, it was believed that tooth worms were the cause of cavities. It was thought that the little worms made holes in the teeth and hide themselves, not to be seen beneath the surface. People imagined that the wiggling motion of the tooth worms caused the tooth aches.

As man progressed with knowledge, we now know that the cavities are tooth decay, which is caused by bacteria that erodes the enamel of the teeth. The bacteria grows in the plaque that accumulates on the teeth. Bacteria particularly love to eat the remnants of the starchy and sugary food that we eat, which creates acid that destroys the enamel of the teeth.

All of us have the same number of teeth

The well-known philosopher, Aristotle, believed that women had fewer teeth compared to men. Both men and women are born with 20 primary teeth. Permanent teeth grow and replace the primary teeth and comprised of 10 secondary molars, 8 premolars, 4 canines and 8 incisors.

The number of teeth of humans may differ only with regard to the wisdom teeth. Studies have shown that about 35 percent of the population of the world do not develop wisdom teeth. There are scientists who believe that the number of those who don’t develop wisdom teeth will grow and eventually that no one will have them anymore.

The Primary and Permanent Teeth start to develop before a baby is born

A baby is usually born without any visible teeth. However, the buds of the 20 primary teeth and the 32 permanent teeth are already present in the structure of the jaw of an unborn baby. Only the wisdom teeth develop during adolescence. It is an amazing fact, as an unborn baby we have already the bone structure to completely grow a set of 32 permanent teeth.