We have been using toothpaste as the ingredient for cleaning their teeth since 500 BC. But what did the ancient cultures use for their teeth? Ancient Greeks used to clean their teeth a mixture that contained iron rust and coral powder… interesting, but probably not something you would consider using today.
There are many things about our teeth we don’t know! Generally, we don’t think anything special about our teeth, right? They are just there, and they help us chew.
However, there are many interesting facts about our teeth that we really don’t know or perhaps don’t want to know. In this article we’re going to share with you 10 interesting dental facts you probably don’t know. So, keep reading!
1. Your teeth are uniquely yours.
Experts have shown that your teeth are completely unique to you! They do not match with anyone else. Even twins don’t have matching teeth. They’re just as unique as your fingerprint.
2. Teeth are a little bit like icebergs.
Often we don’t think of our teeth and realize that one-third of every tooth is below the gums. Your teeth are anchored within your jawbone and gums to provide solidity of your teeth.
3. You have 32 of them.
Have you really counted your teeth anytime? Yes, you have 32 of them… if you’re a healthy adult that is. In the front you have eight called incisors, you have eight premolars, four canine teeth, and twelve molars.
4. Your tooth enamel is one of the most solid parts of your body.
The outermost layer of teeth is called enamel. This is made of calcium and phosphate. It is one of the strongest parts of your body because of its proteins and crystallites form.
5. They are not invincible.
When you drink soft drinks and other things that contain high percentages of sugars and acids, your enamel starts to erode. Bacteria can enter the eroded areas, which can attack your enamel even more and start of the ruin of teeth.
6. Yellow means decay.
Your enamel is starting to decay if your teeth become yellow. Gradually, when your teeth start to appear yellow it means that decay is starting to occur.
7. Dentine grows, enamel doesn’t.
This is a bit of a surprising fact. Enamel doesn’t grow, but dentine does. Dentine is the dense boney tissue that forms the bulk of your tooth just beneath the enamel.
8. Your mouth is a home for bacteria.
Plaque, which contains millions of bacteria, is made up of 200 to 300 different species of bacteria – can you imagine? Plaque is the main reason for poor tooth health.
9. Plaque is the enemy.
Plaque build-up gradually grows and develops into tartar. So, it’s important to clean your teeth at least twice every day.
10. You make 10,000 gallons of spit.
The average person produces about a quart of saliva every day! This amounts to roughly 10,000 gallons in an average lifespan. Undoubtedly, saliva has many important roles in health.
We hope that some of these facts were new to you, as well as informative ideas for maintaining your teeth. At Philadelphia Square Dental Care we hope that you will be more careful of your teeth.
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