Here are some fun facts about teeth and dentistry for your reading pleasure!

  • If you brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time, you will brush your teeth for 24 hours each year! That is 76 days over the course of a lifetime!
  • The average person produces a quart of saliva daily. That’s 10,000 gallons of spit over a lifetime. Enough to fill 2 swimming pools!
  • People who drink 3 or more glasses of soda each day have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others. Put down the pop and sports drinks and pick up some nice fresh water instead.
  • 73% of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss.
  • 33% of Americans have untreated tooth decay.
  • Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. Our teeth are meant to last a lifetime. In order to keep them for life, we need to take good care of them by brushing and flossing daily and seeing your dentist on a regular basis.
  • Humans have only two sets of teeth in their entire lifetime—baby teeth and permanent teeth. Once you have your permanent teeth, make sure you take good care of them.
  • If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth surfaces. Make sure you brush and floss twice a day!
  • 50% of people say the first thing they notice about someone is their smile. Keep that smile bright and shiny!
  • 80% of people admit to not liking their smile.
  • If you’re right handed, you will chew your food on your right side. If you’re left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.
  • Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a million dollars on chewing gum.
  • More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.
  • Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different. Don’t forget to brush your tongue often too!
  • The average woman smiles 62 times a day. The average man smiles about 8 times a day.
  • Giraffes only have bottom teeth.
  • Just like finger prints, tooth prints are unique to each individual.
  • The average person only brushes for 45 to 70 seconds a day, the recommended amount of time is 2-3 minutes.
  • 78% of Americans have had at least 1 cavity by age 17.
  • Dental floss was first manufactured in 1882. If you floss once per day, you will use about 5 miles of floss over your lifetime!
  • Dogs have 42 teeth, cats have 30 teeth, pigs have 44 teeth, and an armadillo has 104 teeth.
  • A snail’s mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but it can have over 25,000 teeth!
  • The elephant grinds its molars and grows new ones. This happens six times in a lifetime! An elephant’s molar is about 7 inches square and can weigh over 6 pounds
  • The Blue Whale is the largest mammal on earth, but it eats only tiny shrimp because it has no teeth.
  • The Crocodile Bird flies into the open mouth of a crocodile and cleans the crocodile’s teeth!
  • There are 10-12 teaspoons of sugar in a single can of soda.
  • Teeth start to form even before you are born—milk teeth or baby teeth start to form when the baby is in the womb, but they come through when the child is between 6-12 months old.
  • The earliest dentist known by name is Hesi-Re. He lived in Egypt over 5,000 years ago.
  • In 1866, Lucy Beaman Hobbs became the first licensed female dentist.
  • In 1986, the winner of the National Spelling Bee won by spelling ODONTALGIA (which means toothache)
  • The average amount of money left by the tooth fairy in 1950 was 25 cents. In 1988 it was $1.00, the going rate now is $2.00.
  • The first toothbrushes were tree twigs. Chewing on the tips of the twigs spread out the fibers, which were then used to clean the teeth.
  • Ancient Greeks used pumice, talc, alabaster, coral powder or iron rust as toothpaste.
  • George Washington never had wooden teeth. His dentures were made from gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory and human teeth!
  • In 1905, Dental Assistant Irene Newman was trained to clean teeth. She became the first Dental Hygienist.
  • Most Americans did not brush their teeth daily until after WWII. The military were required in WWII to brush their teeth twice a day to keep their teeth healthy. The soldiers brought this habit home from the war.
  • The world’s oldest recipe for toothpaste is from Egypt in 400 AD. The formula included mint, salt, grains of pepper and dried iris flower. A modern day dentist made the toothpaste and said, “I found that it was not unpleasant, afterwards my mouth felt fresh and clean.”

* These facts have been gathered from various sources online.

Tagged with:

Filed under: Dental Articles