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For the Holidays: 10 Fun Facts About Teeth

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

1. Your teeth’s enamel is (almost!) diamond-hard. With that said, you can still fracture it when you chew ice, or use your teeth to crack open nuts.

2. We have four different types of teeth, and they have four different functions in our mouths: biting, tearing, crushing and grinding.

3. How many teeth do you think the average person has? About thirty two: four wisdom, eight incisors, four canines, twelve molars and eight pre-molars.

4. Way before toothpaste, humans used a combination of charcoal and ground up chalk, ashes, lemon juice, and honey-tobacco mixture to “clean” their teeth.

5. The only living being that does not have jaws and teeth is the anteater, which uses its tongue to eat.

6. We may take care of our teeth so that we don’t lose them, but crocodiles don’t have to worry so much—they keep growing new teeth in to replace their old teeth.

7. It’s been said that more than 70 percent of people would rather go grocery shopping than floss…

8. Staying hydrated (with water) can do some good for your breath. Reason being: when you have a dry mouth, you are more prone to developing bad breath (think of morning breath!). Drinking water throughout the day can help combat all that bacteria.

9. Do you prefer a soft or hard toothbrush? Either way, the average toothbrush contains about 25,000 bristles.

10. The idea of flossing isn’t exactly new…anthropologists have found evidence showing that ancient humans used things like pointed sticks to clean between their teeth. Consider flossing after some of those holiday meals this year!

Have a great holiday season, from Hagen Dental!

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