10 Fun Facts About Teeth

If you think that the most interesting thing about your teeth is their appearance, think again. There are some pretty interesting facts about teeth that date back all the way to the Middle Ages. Here are 10 mind blowing facts about teeth that you should know.

  1. The most popular way to cure a toothache in the Middle Ages was to kiss a donkey. Just imagine having to lock lips with a donkey today in order to get some natural relief from tooth pain.
  1. Blue is the most popular color of toothbrush, followed by red.
  1. The hardest and toughest tissue in your body is the enamel on your teeth. While it is extremely tough, it can be easily destroyed by decay and improper dental care.
  1. The real reason your wisdom teeth are called wisdom teeth is because they start to emerge from beneath your gums as you become older and wiser. Some people apparently learn and age faster than others.
  1. Your teeth start to grow in your gums when you are in the womb. They don’t erupt or grow above your gums until sometime after you are born.
  1. The average person uses approximately 18 yards of dental floss each year. This is far less than what dentist recommend. It is recommended for you to use at least 122 yards of dental floss each year.
  1. The second leading and most common cause of disease is tooth decay. It is known as a silent predator because many people are not aware that they have it until they start to experience toothaches, cavities, or their dentist informs them.
  1. An astounding 25 percent of the adult world population has lost all of their teeth. Tooth loss is pretty serious business, which is why proper dental care to maintain oral health and prevent tooth loss is encouraged.
  1. To maintain good oral health, you need to see a dentist at least twice a year. Anything less and you increase your risk for dental issues.
  1. The human body produces over 100,000 gallons of saliva in a lifetime. Saliva is necessary to wash away food particles from your teeth and to prevent tooth decay. That’s a lot of spit.