Dental Fun Facts

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I’ve been known to be a bit of a ‘trivia geek’. It’s a term I have been called many times (mostly without the trivia preface). To help expand my trivial knowledge, I have been studying up on some fun dental facts that I’m sure will end up on an episode of Jeopardy one day. So, if you’re looking to win a game show or just want to impress at your local bar’s next trivia night, read on. Hopefully one day, you’ll be answering Final Jeopardy, correctly.

 

The earliest known dentist was Hesi-ren, an Egyptian “doctor of the tooth” who lived around 3000 B.C.

The Romans used a mixture of bones, eggshells, oyster shells and honey to clean their teeth.

The first bristled toothbrush was made in China in 1498.

In the 1800s, blacksmiths and barbers also served as dentists.

The average toothbrush contains about 2500 bristles grouped into about 40 tufts per toothbrush.

There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people on the Earth.

Cotton Candy was invented by a dentist and was originally called “fairy floss.”

During the middle ages, the customary cure for a toothache was to kiss a donkey.

Roughly 75% of school children worldwide have active dental cavities.

Kids miss 51 million school hours a year due to dental related illnesses.

Sports-related injuries account for approximately 5 million missing teeth per year.

Tooth enamel is the hardest structure in the human body.

Eating green veggies high in minerals, like broccoli, spinach and kale, will help strengthen the enamel on your teeth and help protect against stains.

According to the latest Original Tooth Fairy Poll, parents are leaving an average of $4.13 per tooth under their kids’ pillows.

In 2017, the Tooth Fairy paid out $271 million for lost teeth across the U.S.

The Tooth Fairy visits 84 percent of U.S. households with children.

In Mexico and other Latin countries, the job of the Tooth Fairy is performed by a mouse named, El Ratón Pérez.

A study done by Kelton on behalf of The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, found that Americans believe a smile is the one feature that will always remain the most attractive no matter how old we get. According to the study, 45% of those surveyed think that a person’s smile can defy the affects of aging while eyes come in a distant second at 34%.

The human tongue is like a fingerprint. No two people have the same tongue print.

A dentist named Alfred P. Southwick invented the Electric Chair.

The farmer in Grant Wood’s painting, “American Gothic” was actually the artist’s dentist.

 

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The Best Gifts For A White Smile

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Receiving a toothbrush for Christmas ranks somewhere between receiving socks and nothing. But finding the right oral care product can help your smile obsessed friends have a white (smile) Christmas. Here are some products that make your secret santa feel merry and leave their teeth bright.

 

Crest 3D White Whitestrips with Light

(From the website) Crest 3D White’s new, unique blue light system uses the same type of light technology dentists use. The blue light weakens stains so that the whitening ingredient can work more effectively. The result is dramatically better whitening compared to strips alone that lasts up to 36 months.

 

Quip Electric Toothbrush

Quip toothbrushes feature an electric motor that vibrates at an industry standard 15,000 RPM to provide a thorough yet non-damaging cleaning action. The Motor pulses every 30 seconds to help you evenly clean teeth and gums and cuts out at 2 minutes to let you know when to stop. The stylish looking handle is precision cut aluminum that is bead blasted by machine and anodized to endure a lifetime of cleaning. You can also subscribe to get a fresh brush head every three months, which is how often you should be changing out your brush.

 

 

Radius The Source Toothbrush

Do you have a friend that loves white smiles and fancy looking toothbrushes matched with an eco-friendly design? The will love the Radius.

(from the website) Thanks to replacement-head technology and a handle made from repurposed materials, the Source™ reduces waste by 93%. When you’re done with one of its patented, gum-stimulating heads you simply swap it for another.

 

Poseidon Oral Irrigator

Why use an oral irrigator? It easily flosses your teeth without fear of slicing your gums and will reach more areas floss can’t seem to get to. The Poseidon Oral Irrigator features interchangeable tips allowing multiple users to use the same device and a plug in cradle to store and charge the device so it’s ready to go when you are.

 

Go Smile Stain Erasers

 For your wine lover friend, these sticks act like a bleaching pen for your teeth.

(from the website) Everyday, your teeth are exposed to food and drinks that can stain your teeth. Since teeth are porous, the stains can soak deep inside the enamel unless you act quickly. Keep our GO SMILE Stain Erasers on hand and you can erase stains before they set into your teeth. Apply anytime, anywhere—Just Flip, Pop, and Touch Up! Perfect for red wine stains, as well as coffee and tea!

The Tooth Friendly Kitchen – Smile Friendly Fall Fruit Salad

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I have been known be a bit of fruit bat. If there is fresh fruit in front of me, it will end up in my mouth. So with the fall officially upon us, and pome fruits like apples and pears reaching their peak season, it seemed like the perfect time to revisit the Tooth Friendly Kitchen!

You see pears and apples are great for your teeth. Their abrasive texture acts like a toothbrush, helping to scrub those pearly whites. They also require some extra chewing, which initiates saliva production. Saliva helps protect teeth from bacteria and tooth decay. The addition of Manuka honey also helps to detour bacteria. We have talked about Manuka honey before in some of our other posts. It has a long list of health benefits but can also be pricey or hard to find. Feel free to use regular honey in this recipe if you can’t get a hold of a bottle. We use mint leaves in the recipe for some added freshness but you could replace the mint with thyme for a more herbaceous flavor.

This easy to make salad is perfect for a quick, satisfying snack or lunch.

Smile Friendly Fall Fruit Salad

  • 3 apples
  • 3 pears
  • 2/3 cup almond slivers
  • 1/4 cup Manuka honey
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Add the apples, pears and almonds into a large mixing bowl, followed by the honey and mint leaves. Tossed until throughly mixed, then serve.