7 Interesting Oral Hygiene Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

7 Interesting Oral Hygiene Facts You Probably Didn't KnowTaking care of your mouth is incredibly important, and proper oral hygiene is absolutely essential for a healthy mouth. To help educate you about the importance of oral hygiene, we’ve put together a list of 7 interesting and surprising oral hygiene facts!

  1. Tooth Enamel Is Incredibly Tough (But Can’t Regenerate)

Tooth enamel is the hardest material in the human body and is the same substance as ivory. However, it’s also one of the only parts that can’t regenerate itself, which is why proper oral hygiene is so important!

  1. Your Jaw Can Produce Up To 200 Pounds Of Force

The masseter muscle in your jaw is one of the strongest in your body. However, our jaws are puny compared to alligators, who can produce up to 3,700 pounds per square inch of bite force!

  1. More Than 50% Of Adults Have Gum Disease

Gum disease is caused by oral bacteria and improper oral hygiene, and it’s more common than you may think. According to the CDC, more than half of all Americans have gum disease.

  1. Tooth Decay Is The Second-Most Common Disease In The United States

Tooth decay affects just about everyone. In fact, there is over a 90% chance that, by the age of 17, you will have at least one tooth that has been affected by a cavity. The only affliction more widespread than tooth decay? The common cold!

  1. Toothbrushes Are Nearly 4,000 Years Old

The first ever “toothbrushes” were known as “chew sticks,” which were twigs with frayed ends, used to brush the teeth, and trace back to ancient Mesopotamia. The first “toothbrush” as we know it was made of hog bristles during the Tang Dynasty, in China.

  1. Children Have Fewer Teeth Than Adults

The “baby” or “primary” teeth consist of 20 teeth, which are typically lost by age 6. The permanent teeth consist of 32 teeth, which come in after the baby teeth have been lost. The last four teeth (the wisdom teeth) don’t start coming in until the late teens or early twenties!

  1. Your Tongue Print Is Unique

You may know that your bite and teeth are unique, as are your fingers – but so is your tongue! No two tongues are quite identical, so a “tongue print” could be used to identify you!

Make Sure You Care For Your Teeth Properly!

We hope that this information has been helpful and fun, and helped you understand the importance of cleaning your teeth, and scheduling regular check-ups at Kantor Dental.