Dental Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

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Dental Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Some Dental Facts You Didn't Know

There’s a lot more to your teeth than meets the eye! Thank God for the amazing teeth we are all blessed with. Just imagine life without teeth. Boom! You won’t be able to speak, eat, sing, or smile properly. Check out these ten fascinating facts about your teeth that you may not already know.

  • No two human teeth are alike – Yes, add your ‘tooth-print’ next to your fingerprint. Even identical twins do not have the same teeth, and this is why dental records are used for the identification of bodies.
  • Saliva is your best friend – Saliva does not help in just digestion but is the number one line of defence against germs. It is more important than even your tooth-brush or floss.
  • Your teeth grow before you’re born – Unlike common belief, the teeth of babies don’t grow from birth to the time of teething (around 8 months). In fact, the teeth are formed in the womb itself and appear later.
  • Part of your teeth is hidden beneath the surface – There is a reason that keeping your gums healthy is so important. About one-third of each tooth is actually hidden beneath the surface of your gums. This allows your teeth to remain sturdy. Therefore, to ensure your teeth remain in good condition, your gums should always be firm and pink in colour.
  • You will spend more than a month of your life brushing your teeth – If most people added together all of the time they spent brushing their teeth, it would amount to be around 38 days! And while this may seem like a lot, the time spent is definitely worth it. A solid brushing routine can help prevent a number of oral health issues, including gum disease, tooth decay, and more.
  • You produce about 10,000 gallons of saliva in your lifetime – Saliva plays an important role in maintaining your health. It helps you break down your food, washes away food particles, and neutralizes acids in bacteria that can lead to tooth decay or infection. This is why your body produces about one quart of saliva per day, which adds up to 10,000 gallons in a lifetime!
  • Spit your toothpaste, don’t rinse – Doctors state that merely spitting the toothpaste is efficient, as it allows some amount of fluoride to remain in your teeth. Fluoride is an extremely effective germ-killer.
  • Humans have four different kinds of teeth – Because humans are omnivores—meaning they eat both vegetation and meat—we have evolved to have four different kinds of teeth. Our incisors, premolars, molars, and canine teeth allow us to eat a wide array of foods we have available to us today. Each tooth serves a different purpose, such as tearing apart tough foods, grinding food, and cutting or mashing.
  • Good teeth mean good healthOral hygiene is considered an indicator of overall good health. Some research studies have shown that a higher level of gum diseases also comes with high levels of heart diseases and diabetes.
  • Plaque is a collection of millions of bacteria that naturally form on your teeth. You can find up to 300 different species of bacteria in plaque, including ones that feed on the sugars in your diet to produce harmful acids that break down your dental enamel.

To take good care of your teeth, don’t forget to schedule a routine dental check-up every six months. Call Surana Dental Care to book your appointment today!