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Did you know?

Here are some fun dental facts to know and tell.

  • The average American spends 38.5 total days brushing their teeth over a lifetime.

  • People who drink 3 or more glasses of soda each day have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others. Put down the pop and sports drinks and pick up some nice fresh water instead.

  • Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. However, we do not recommend that you use your pearly whites to open bottle caps!

  • If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth surfaces. Make sure you brush and floss twice a day!

  • 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.

  • Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a million dollars on chewing gum.

  • More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.

  • Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different

  • The average woman smiles 62 times a day. The average man smiles about 8 times a day.

  • Kids laugh around 400 times a day, adults just 15 times a day.

  • Giraffes only have bottom teeth.

  • Just like finger prints, tooth prints are unique to each individual.

  • The average person only brushes for 45 to 70 seconds a day, the recommended amount of time is 2-3 minutes.

  • 78% of Americans have had at least 1 cavity by age 17.

  • 1882 was the year commercial floss was first manufactured.

  • The most valuable tooth belonged to Sir Isaac Newton. In 1816 one of his teeth was sold in London for $3,633, or in today's terms $35,700. The tooth was set in a ring! (source: Guinness World Records 2002).

  • More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque.

  • Dogs have 42 teeth, cats have 30 teeth, pigs have 44 teeth, and an armadillo has 104 teeth.

  • A snail's mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but it can have over 25,000 teeth!

  • The elephant grinds its molars and grows new ones. This happens six times in a lifetime! An elephant's molar is about 7 inches square and can weigh over 6 pounds

  • The Blue Whale is the largest mammal on earth, but it eats only tiny shrimp because it has no teeth.

  • The Crocodile Bird flies into the open mouth of a crocodile and cleans the crocodile's teeth!

  • There are 10-12 teaspoons of sugar in a single can of soda.

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