Knowledge of oral health is vital for individuals heading into the dental field. Thus, after a series of long contemplations, I have decided to compile a series of fun facts about dentistry and oral health that can serve as motivation for individuals to improve their oral health.
Floss Like a Boss (as they say):
1) As some of us may know, we tend to miss about 40 percent of our teeth surfaces if we do not floss daily.
2) If you combine not flossing with a habit of drinking soda, which typically contains 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar, your teeth can easily become a breeding ground for over 300 types of bacteria that exploit excess sugars to produce dental plaque and cause cavities.
1) The side that we usually chew food on typically corresponds with whether we are left or right-handed.
2) Chewing gum can get rid of a large percentage of food scraps and stimulates saliva production, preventing the development of cavities.
3) American kids spend approximately half a million dollars on gum alone each year.
Brushing without Rushing:
1) The average American spends approximately 38.5 days on brushing their teeth. If this doesn’t sound much to you, you’re right. Because…
2) The average person spends roughly 45-70 seconds brushing their teeth, significantly less than the recommended 2-3 min per day.
3) People, on average, tend to prefer blue toothbrushes over red ones.
Bleak Or Unique?:
1) Although tiny, a snail has over 25,000 teeth that can fit into its mouth.
2) Tongue prints are unique to every individual.
3) On average, kids smile roughly 400 times a day, while adults smile only 15 times per day.
Although the latter fact may be far from fun, I believe that if we are determined to develop all
of the necessary habits that enhance our oral health, we can share a smile, without a doubt, whenever we want.