7 Fun Facts About Your Teeth
Smiling, eating, chewing gum, nibbling on the end of your pen: needless to say, your teeth play a big part in your life. But there are many interesting things about teeth you probably don’t know.
Here are seven curious facts about teeth, followed with brief tips on how to keep yours in the best shape possible.
1. In your lifetime, you’ll spend a total of about 40 days brushing your teeth.
Panatella Dental recommends you brush for two minutes, at least twice a day. Nothing is more important for maintaining clean and healthy teeth.
2. Only one-third of your teeth are visible: your gums conceal the rest.
Taking care of your gums is an essential part of your oral hygiene. Only one-third of your teeth are visible the remaining two-thirds of the tooth remain anchored in bone and gingiva. Our family dentist at Panatella in Calgary recommends you gently brush your gums in a circular motion every time you brush your teeth.
3. Your teeth’s enamel is your body’s hardest substance.
It’s a rock-hard mineral whose job it is to protect the dentine that lies underneath, which is made up of living cells and calcified tissue. Despite how hard it is, enamel can be worn down. Panatella recommends you care for your enamel by regularly brushing, and eating plenty of foods with calcium.
4. There are more living bacteria in your mouth than there are people on earth.
One way to kill excess bacteria is to take proper care of your toothbrush. Panatella recommends you thoroughly rinse your toothbrush after brushing then store it upright in a cup or on a rack. That way you won’t be introducing old bacteria into your mouth next time you brush.
5. At least 50% of the time, your smile is the first thing people notice about you.
Everyone knows that clean, healthy teeth are essential to a great smile. Panatella recommends you get a professional dental cleaning about twice a year. Residents of Calgary can contact our offices to make an appointment at their convenience.
6. The first toothbrush tools date back to Egyptian times: as far back as 3,500 BC.
And the earliest known dentist is an Egyptian named Hesi-Re who lived 5,000 years ago. Panatella recommends you change your toothbrush every three months or when the bristles start to fray. A toothbrush with frayed bristles won’t clean your teeth as effectively.
7. $3,633 (in today’s terms $47,000 CAD) was the most ever paid for a tooth.
The tooth belonged to the famous scientist Sir Isaac Newton and was bought in 1816 by an English aristocrat, who set it in a ring. To keep your teeth in tip-top shape, Panatella recommends you floss every time you brush. This gets rid of food debris stuck between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach.
The team of family dentists at Pantella Dental have the answers to whatever questions you have about your teeth. To get the best dental care in Calgary, contact us today!