Teeth are teeth, right? The experts here at Wildwood Dental beg to differ. To make oral health a tad more fun for our Seattle, Wash.-area patients, we’re sharing 10 fun facts about teeth today!
Ever wonder what your chompers are made of? Teeth are covered with hard enamel called a crown. Inside the tooth is dentin and pulp. Each tooth is attached to your jaw socket and has blood vessels and nerves, which keeps your teeth alive.
Get a new toothbrush every three months. Manual toothbrushes become worn out and are not as effective after three months. Also, be sure to rinse your toothbrush with hot water after every use and change it after you get the flu, a cold or any other infection, to avoid re-infection.
Brushing harder isn’t better. Vigorous brushing does more harm than good and can lead to eroded enamel on the teeth, which never grows back and can cause sensitivity and other oral issues.
Un-stinkify your breath. Americans cite bad breath as the least attractive trait a co-worker can have, so be more popular around the water cooler by brushing – and flossing – daily.
Back away from the soda. People who drink three or more glasses of soda daily have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than those who do not drink it.
George Washington’s famous dentures weren’t made from wood. Contrary to popular belief, Washington’s four pairs of custom teeth were made of gold, ivory, lead and a mixture of human, donkey and hippopotamus teeth.
Avoid missing work by heading to the dentist. The next time you plan a day of hooky, consider heading to the dentist instead. Just last year, adults missed more than 164 million hours of work and children missed more than 51 million hours of school for dental-related issues.
When traveling, don’t cap your toothbrush. Capping your toothbrush can trap moisture and make bacteria grow. Try wrapping your toothbrush in a clean, dry washcloth instead.
Keep your toothbrush far from the toilet. The airborne particles from the toilet’s flush can travel up to a distance of six feet, so keep your toothbrush far from the flush zone to avoid bacteria.
Take care of your teeth – after all, we only have two sets. Sharks have around 40 sets…Crazy, right?
No matter what you have planned this Halloween, we hope you have a safe night out. Be sure to check out our list of healthy and non-candy options for Trick or Treaters too!
What will you be dressing as this year?