Dentistry may not seem like a good time to you, but we would like to share some fun dental facts with you that might change your mind. Think about all of the work that your teeth handle for you on a day-to-day basis. They make eating and speaking possible as well as providing the shape to your face. They deserve extra care because when you take care of them, they can serve you for a lifetime.
Oral Health Facts
Here are some facts about your teeth that will provide you with some food for thought:
- Your teeth begin to form before you are born. In fact, some babies are born with erupted teeth.
- Sharks never get cavities because their teeth are coated in fluoride. That’s right, they have a fluoride coating that protects them from the sea environment. Fluoride helps to strengthen your enamel. Sharks also avoid sweets!
- Enamel is the hardest substance in your body. Enamel covers your teeth above your gum line and provides a protective exterior. Bacteria create an acidic environment that softens your enamel and causes tooth decay. That is why brushing, flossing, and eating a healthy diet it so important.
- Your masseter (jaw muscle) is the strongest muscle in your body based on weight. It can exert 200 pounds of pressure on your molars. That is why it is important to wear a nightguard to protect your teeth if you clench or grind.
- People prefer blue toothbrushes to red ones. Maybe red ones remind them of blood. If you ever see blood on your toothbrush, it is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong and you should take notice.
- Tooth decay is the second most common disease after the common cold. More than 95 percent of American adults have at least a small amount of tooth decay.
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