Did you know that tooth decay is the second most common disease after the common cold? It’s true. Oral health is a big issue in the U.S., yet so many people take the health of their mouths and teeth for granted.
Our oral health is the back bone of overall wellbeing. If our mouths take a nosedive, eventually other parts of our bodies will too — especially our hearts. Ideally, we should be taking particularly good care of our teeth. And to do that, we should know all there is to know about teeth.
Here are 10 crazy facts about teeth that will help you better understand your oral health and just how precious (and quirky) it really is:
- Tooth enamel is the hardest part of the human body.
- 1/4 of all adults in the U.S. have lost all of their teeth.
- Teeth begin to form before we are born.
- Wisdom Teeth got their name because they come in when people are older, and wiser.
- We produce 100,000 gallons of saliva in our lifetime. Saliva helps prevent tooth decay by moving food away from teeth.
- Tooth decay is the second most common disease after the cold.
- People prefer blue toothbrushes over red.
- A custom in the Middle Ages was to kiss a donkey for toothaches.
- American’s buy 18 yards of dental floss a year. Ideally, though, they should be buying 122 yards.
- Visiting the dentist at least twice a year is imperative for optimal oral health.
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