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23 Fun Facts About Teeth

Updated on June 14, 2017
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I'm a retired registered, clinical dental assistant instructor. I blog mostly about preventive dentistry. To promote healthy smiles.

Some Fun History Facts About Teeth

1. Modern toothpaste has only been available for the past hundred years. Before the invention humans used charcoal or ground chalk, ashes, lemon juice, and honey-tobacco to clean their teeth!

2. United States consumer bu 14 million gallons of toothpaste each year!

3. Most adults have 32 teeth. Though some what smaller in size compared to mosquitoes which have about 47 ls have up to 25,000 teeth on their tongues.

4. Your tooth enamel is the hardest living tissue in the entire body.

5. Humans have two sets of teeth during their lifetime. However, some humans develop extra teeth known as supernumerary teeth.

6. The average person spends 38 days brushing their teeth during their lifetime.

7. One third of your teeth are underneath your gums.

8. The plaque found on your teeth houses more than 300 different species of bacteria.

9. The average person spends about 48 seconds per day brushing their teeth, but dentists recommend at least 2 or 3 minutes.

10. In 1994, a West Virginia prison inmate braided dental floss into a a rope, scaled the wall and escaped!

11. In Medieval Germany, the only cure for a toothache was to kiss a donkey.

12. In the 1980's, federal statistics show that 25% of Russian households had only one toothbrush.

13. According to the Academy of General Dentistry during one kiss couples maybe sharing more than 500 different types of disease-causing germs and viruses.

14. Sharks have around 40 sets of teeth. However, on the average they can lose as many as 20,000 and 30,000 teeth over their lifetime.

15. The average alligator can grow between 2,000 and 3,000 teeth during its lifetime.

16. A crocodile usually has three to eight sets of teeth.

17. A beavers front teeth never stops growing, they wear down against the lower teeth.

18. For many centuries, in areas of the Middle East , teeth cleaning has been done with roots or miswak twigs. The users of miswak claim that it was a powerful natural stain remover and made their teeth whiter and brighter.

19. George Washington's dentures were made of gold, hippopotamus teeth, hippo and elephant ivory.

20. Duck -billed dinosaurs ( hadrosaurs) did not shed their teeth. It seems they just added new ones. Rather then shedding teeth and replacing them with new ones like other reptiles, hadrosaurs' mouths contain several parallel stacks of six or more teeth apiece, forming a highly dynamic network of teeth that were used to grind and shear tough plant material.

21. In 1964, NASA began giving astronauts sugarless chewing gum for their space missions to help keep their teeth and gums healthy while they were in outer space.

22. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, the cure for a toothache in the 1700's consisted of "a thigh bone of a toad, applied to an aching tooth."

23. In colonial times dental emergencies were treated by barbers, clock makers, and blacksmiths, who mostly extracted teeth and made new ones from ivory, work or animal teeth.


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