Fun and Interesting Facts about Teeth

You know how important it is to keep teeth clean, and you probably know many of the factors that contribute to problematic teeth. While this information is beneficial to your oral health, it’s quite common knowledge. Have you ever wondered what else goes on inside your mouth and around your teeth? Let Spring Valley Dental fill you in.

At Spring Valley Dental, we know the importance of preventing cavities and caring for your teeth and gums, and we always strive to inform our patients of such. However, we’re sure there’s plenty of fun and interesting facts about teeth that you may not be aware of.

Interesting Facts

Whether it’s the dentist or our parents, from an early age we are told what causes cavities and what we should or shouldn’t eat. However, we are often left unaware of the many facts that can also be beneficial to the health of our teeth. Take a look at a some of these facts below:

  • According to surveys, most people say someone’s smile is the first thing they notice upon meeting. Beware of food debris!
  • A third of each human tooth is hidden underneath your gums.
  • Each day, over 100,000,000 bacteria reside in your mouth, feeding, reproducing and leaving behind waste. So, remember to brush and floss!
  • Critical to tooth enamel and overall dental health, the human mouth produces a quart of saliva every day.
  • During World War II, soldiers were required to brush their teeth twice a day. Before then, most Americans didn’t brush every day.

Fun Facts

While the facts above can be quite helpful in maintaining healthy teeth, the facts to follow are a little more fun. They may not contribute to your dental health, but you’ll have some great information to share with your friends. See below:

  • The enamel on our teeth is the hardest surface of our bodies.
  • Much like fingerprints, no two people have identical sets of teeth. Each of your teeth are unique to you!
  • As a whole, Americans purchase 14 million gallons of toothpaste every year.
  • When chewing, humans use four different sets of teeth: molars, premolars, canines, and incisors.
  • The first toothbrush in 1498 was made with hairs from the necks of pigs.

Now Keep Those Teeth Clean

Whether or not these facts make you take better care of your teeth, at Spring Valley Dental, we encourage every patient to brush and floss daily, in addition to visiting Dr. Boyer for professional cleanings. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, and go spread your new-found knowledge!