FUN FACTS

Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least six (6) feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush

Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different

Dentistry - Interesting??

I bet you didn't think it was possible, but here are a few dental fun facts that may find you saying "Wow, I didn't know that!"

  • Each person's set of teeth is unique - much like their fingerprints - even in identical twins.
  • Some cheeses are have been found to protect teeth from decay.
  • The Mexican version of the Tooth Fairy is known as the Tooth Mouse, which takes the tooth and leaves treasures in its place.
  • 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.
  • The major causes of tooth loss in people under age 35 are sports, accidents and fights.
  • George Washington's dentures were made from walrus, hippopotamus, and cows' teeth, as well as elephant tusks.
  • In 200 AD, the Romans used a mixture of bones, eggshells, oyster shells and honey to clean their teeth.
  • Queen Elizabeth I's teeth were noticeably discolored. A German traveler, Paul Henter, speculated that the discoloration was due to the Queen's excessive consumption of sugar, making the first recorded association between sugar and tooth decay.
  • The second most common disease in the United States is tooth decay. The first is the common cold.

Animal Chompers

  • Ants can lift an object up to fifty times their body-weight and carry it over their heads. They don't do this with their feet, but with their mouths.
  • Crocodiles don't clean their own teeth - they let a plover (little bird) pick their teeth for scraps of leftover food.
  • The largest toothed mammal in the world is the sperm whale. A whale's lower jaw, measuring 16'5" long, is exhibited in the British Museum of Natural History in London. The whale it belonged to reportedly measured 84 feet in length.
  • A snail can have about 25,000 teeth (on its tongue).
  • Horses teeth are extremely long and grow continually. They wear down, change shape and become discolored as they grow, so we can really tell a horse's age by looking at his teeth.
  • A shark's teeth are literally as hard as steel.