Dental Fun Facts

Unique tooth-prints? Cheese that can strengthen your enamel?
Read on to discover some interesting facts!

  • AAP’s recent consumer survey found that 50% consider the smile the first facial feature they notice.
  • Only 40% of  young people age 6 to 19 had ever in their lives had cavities. That’s down from 50% a decade ago.
  • Adults with post-high-school degrees had an average of three more teeth than those without a high school diploma.
  • At  birth the only fully developed organ is the tongue.  It is needed for sucking.
  • Dentists rate big (61%) in ethics poll for honesty and trustworthy AGD Impact pg 8 March 2004.
  • Americans spend $2 billion a year on dental products — toothpaste, mouthwash and dental floss.
  • 94 percent of Americans say they brush nightly; 81 percent say they do it first thing in the morning.
  • 75 percent of the U.S. population has some form of periodontal gum disease.
  • Queen Elizabeth I’s teeth were noticeably discolored. A German traveler, Paul Henter, speculated that the discoloration was due to the Queen’s excessive consumption of sugar, making the first recorded association between sugar and tooth decay.
  • People who drink 3 or more sugary sodas daily have 62% more dental decay, fillings and tooth loss.
  • Academy of General dentistry, the average person only brushes for 45 to 70 seconds a day, the recommended amount of time is 2-3 minutes.
  • Each person’s set of teeth is unique – much like their fingerprints – even in identical twins.
  • Some cheeses are have been found to protect teeth from decay.
  • If you’re right handed, you will chew your food on your right side. If you’re left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.
  • The major causes of tooth loss in people under age 35 are sports, accidents and fights.
  • The second most common disease in the United States is tooth decay. The first is the common cold.


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