We smile, we talk, we eat… but how? It is our teeth that helps us do all these things and almost everyone of us have a habit of taking our ivories for granted. Perhaps our teeth are the most ignored ones in our entire body. It is about time that we start taking care of our teeth before it is too late! We really cannot push you about oral hygiene because that’s a matter of personal choice but we can definitely give you a list of 30 interesting human teeth facts that you will perhaps enjoy reading. Just a heads up, these 30 facts are going to cover some serious and some fun facts. So, if you were expecting only serious, serious and serious stuff, you may find this a little disappointing.
Interesting Human Teeth Facts: 1-10
1. Humans get only two sets of teeth throughout their lifetime. The first set is the baby teeth with only 20 teeth in the set. The second teeth is dubbed as the adult teeth with 32 teeth in the set.
2. Teeth start forming way before birth. To be more specific, foundation of teeth are laid during the fetal stage.
3. Despite the fact that teeth start forming long before birth, they don’t really show up until the baby is born and attains the age of about 6 months.
4. The tooth enamel is hardest known substance in entire human body.
5. The plaque formed on our teeth is known to have more than 300 different species of bacteria. Unfortunately, they aren’t the healthy ones.
6. On an average, a person spends around 38 days in his/her entire lifetime for brushing teeth.
7. Only two-third of the teeth can be seen. The remaining one-third is hidden inside the gums.
8. Several diseases have connection to oral health such as diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease.
9. Just like fingerprints, teeth are also unique to every human being. No two humans will have identical teeth.
10. There are different types of teeth and each type has a specific function. For example, incisors are meant for biting of pieces from food, canines are meant for holding and tearing apart the food while molars are meant for grinding the food.
Interesting Human Teeth Facts: 11-20
11. Just brushing teeth is not enough. Brushing takes care of 40% of oral hygiene. Remaining 60% is taken care of by flossing.
12. The first ever toothpaste to be ever made was by the Egyptians some 5000 years ago. It was just a mixture of pumice and wine.
13. Mountain Dew Teeth or the Appalachian Teeth is the name given to the rotten brown teeth of people in Appalachian region of USA. Mountain Dew is their official drink which even replaces water most of the times. It is this constant sipping of this beverage that has caused this dental crisis.
14. Chinese researchers are trying to grow teeth synthetically. They collected stem cells from human urine (not a good place to hunt for stem cells) and used the same to grow human teeth in the mouth of a mouse. Beginnings of enamel and dental pulp were recorded but there is still a long way to go.
15. Studies show that keeping toothbrushes 6 feet away from the toilets does not really help in keeping toothbrushes free of germs. Toothbrushes get smothered with bacteria everyday in our mouth and the best way to keep our toothbrushes free of germs is to keep them dry because bacteria thrive well in moist conditions.
16. Using a bristles cap for your toothbrush isn’t going to help either because, those caps prevent the bristles from becoming dry. The best thing to do here is to dry out the bristles properly before using a cap.
17. Men in ancient Mayan civilization had small holes made on their teeth and fitted those holes with gemstones. They believed that doing so helped to make their mouths pretty.
18. Ancient cultures often used twigs for brushing their teeth. Use of twigs as toothbrushes still continue in many countries such as India. These twigs are often obtained from trees like neem and cinnamon that have antibacterial properties. Studies show that these twigs are equally effective as modern toothbrushes.
19. The Chinese were the first people to have invented an object closer to modern-day toothbrush. The handle was made using bamboo and the bristles were made using boar hair.
20. Brushing teeth right after eating is not suggested. Right after eating, the saliva in mouth contains high concentrations of acid. Brushing actually leads to abrasions and brushing right after eating will means acids along with abrasions leads to faster wearing of teeth enamel.
Interesting Human Teeth Facts: 21-30
21. Norway has world’s largest tooth bank which stores milk teeth from babies. The bank has 17,000 teeth stored. According to Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) researchers, studying the milk teeth along with urine and blood samples from parents help them to find out how environmental pollutions impact the health of both child and mother because the researchers believe that the milk teeth are good indicators of environmental pollutions.
22. In Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, fake tooth braces are actually style statements and youth consider these braces to be cool as opposed to being ugly, geeky and uncomfortable. These braces sell at a price range of $100 to $1200.
23. A 17-year old boy named Ashik Gavai from India was suffering from composite odontoma which led to the formation of a tumor in his lower jaw. The tumor was operated and doctors removed 232 teeth from his mouth. In addition, the doctors also found a brick-like marble structure that they had to break apart using chisel and hammer to remove it completely.
24. The saliva in mouth is responsible to protecting teeth from bacteria.
25. Cavities or dental caries (usually referred to as tooth decay) is one of the most common diseases found in the world.
26. Lucy Beaman Hobbs was world’s first licensed female dentist. She received her license in 1866.
27. World’s first known dentist lived 5000 years ago. He was an Egyptian by the name Hesi-Re.
28. The scientific term used to describe toothache is Odontalgia.
29. Right-handed people will usually chew their food in right side of their mouth and left-handed people chew food in left side of their mouth.
30. The most preferred and commonly used toothbrush color is blue.