Family Dentistry Facts That Will Surprise You

Your teeth and smile are some of the most appealing parts of your body. Nothing is more welcoming than a bright and clean smile. For over 37% of people, the first thing they notice about a person is their smile, which is why it is paramount to keep those teeth looking healthy. For your entertainment, here is our list of some other interesting teeth and dentistry facts that we found fascinating. Let us know which ones surprised you the most!

Teeth Facts

  • Surprisingly, 25% of adults do not brush their teeth twice a day. Not brushing twice a day increases the risk of tooth decay by 33%
  • In a lifetime, the average American spends approximately 38.5 total days just brushing their teeth. That’s over a month of your life!
  • The hardest substance found in the human body is your tooth enamel.
  • Tooth prints are like fingerprints as they are unique to each person.
  • Here is another list you could check out of some more interesting teeth facts!

Floss Facts

  • Flossing is an essential part of oral hygiene. When you do not floss, you are missing over 40% of tooth surfaces, which is why your dentist always emphasizes flossing!
  • Although flossing is essential, many people do not like doing it. A whopping 73% of Americans would go to the grocery store than floss their teeth.
  • The first introduction of commercial floss was in 1882 by Codman and Shurtleff, Inc., later acquired by Johnson and Johnson in 1965.
  • Floss is also quite durable. A West Virginia inmate once used dental floss to braid a rope, which he used to scale a building and escape in 1992.

Mouth Facts

  • In a lifetime, a person produces over 100,000 gallons of saliva. To put that into perspective, that is over 20 semi-trucks worth of saliva or 1.06 million red solo cups.
  • One of the most common effects of poor dental hygiene is bad breath. Over 90% of bad breath originates in the mouth.
  • There are over 700 different types of bacteria in your mouth alone.
  • Those who drink three or more cups of soda per day are 62% more likely to suffer from tooth decay, tooth loss, and filling than others. Stay away from soft drinks!
  • Right-handed people tend to chew food on the right side of their mouth, while left-handed people tend to chew their food on the left side of their mouth.
  • Like your tooth prints and fingerprints, your tongue is also unique. No two people share the same tongue print.

Fun Facts

  • Your smile is a strong point of attraction. 61% of adults admit that they are attracted to somebody’s smile alone.
  • The color of your toothpaste apparently matters. More people prefer blue toothpaste over red toothpaste.
  • A woman smiles, on average, 68 times per day. Meanwhile, a man smiles, on average, eight times per day.
  • Like the facts listed above, here is a list of more dentistry facts you could check out!

At Today’s Dental We are Full of Fun Facts

An interesting fact about Today’s Dental is we have been providing dental services for over three decades. Our patients can always trust our team to deliver exceptional dental treatment every time. Likewise, our skill set is customizable to address the unique needs of each patient. From pediatric dentistry to cosmetic repair and surgery and everything in between, our team will have your smile looking happy and healthy, rejuvenating your confidence about your smile. Contact our office to learn more about our services and why Today’s Dental is your one-stop shop for all your dental needs!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) coming soon

White spots on teeth could arise from several factors, including Fluorosis, Enamel Hypoplasia, demineralization, or certain health conditions like celiac disease. Fluorosis is often caused by excessive fluoride exposure during the formation of permanent teeth. Enamel Hypoplasia results from an interruption in the formation of tooth enamel. Demineralization happens when plaque isn’t properly cleaned off your teeth, leading to enamel erosion. Celiac disease can also cause white spots on teeth.

Fluorosis, which results in white spots and streaks on tooth enamel, is due to overexposure to fluoride while permanent teeth are developing. This condition doesn’t impact the function of teeth. To avoid Fluorosis, it’s important to control a child’s fluoride intake, especially from toothpaste and fluoridated water. Dental consultation can help in choosing appropriate oral health products for children.

Enamel Hypoplasia is a dental condition where the formation of tooth enamel is disturbed, leading to a thinner enamel layer with small pits. This makes teeth more susceptible to staining. Causes range from genetics to trauma to developing teeth, premature birth, certain infections, untreated chickenpox, and Fluorosis.

Demineralization refers to the thinning of tooth enamel caused by the build-up of plaque, making teeth more prone to decay. This is commonly seen in people with braces as removing all plaque can be challenging. Good oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, can help prevent demineralization.

Yes, white spots on teeth can be treated. However, it’s important to seek a dentist’s diagnosis before starting any treatment. Dentists may suggest various treatments like bonding, veneers, professional bleaching/whitening, and micro-abrasion to address white spots. It’s advisable to avoid at-home whitening kits without professional guidance as they could potentially exacerbate the problem.

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