40 Amazing and Interesting Facts about Teeth | Amazing Facts 4U 

  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. Baby teeth are usually replaced by adult teeth between the ages of 6 and 12. The second teeth called the permanent teeth has final 32 teeth in the set.
  2. Teeth start forming way before birth during the fetal stage but they don’t really show up until the baby attains the age of about 6 months.
  3. The tooth enamel is hardest known substance in entire human body.
  4. The plaque formed on our teeth is known to have more than 300 different species of bacteria which are unhealthy.
  5. Amazingly on an average, a person spends around 38 days in his/her entire lifetime for brushing teeth.
  6. Only 2/3rd of the teeth can be seen. The rest 1/3rd is hidden inside the gums.
  7. Just like fingerprints, teeth are very unique to every human being and can’t be duplicated.
  8. The different types of teeth have specific functions, e.g. 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.
  9. Amazingly our mouth produces enough saliva in a lifetime to fill two swimming pools. Besides aiding digestion, it protects our teeth from bacteria.
  10. Cavities or dental caries (tooth decay) is actually one of the most common diseases found in the world. People who drink 3 or more glasses of soda each day have 60% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others. Brushing daily can reduce your chance of tooth decay by 25%.
  11. Just brushing teeth is not enough. Brushing takes care of 40% of oral hygiene. Remaining 60% is taken care of by flossing which removes plaques and food particles between the teeth and in gum area.
  12. Amazingly the bacterial population in our mouth exceeds the world population.
  13. Toothbrushes accumulate millions of bacteria every day and best way to keep them free of germs is to keep them dry because bacteria thrive in moist conditions.
  14. Amazingly Americans spend $100 billion per year on hair care products and only $2 billion a year on dental care products.
  15. Brushing teeth right after eating is not recommended as the saliva in mouth has high concentrations of acid and acidity along with abrasions leads to faster wearing of teeth enamel.
  16. The Romans, in 200 AD, restored cavity-ridden teeth with gold crowns, and utilized fixed bridgework to fix gaps from missing teeth. They also used a form of toothpaste concocted from honey and crushed eggshells.
  17. In medieval Japan white teeth were considered ugly and women used roots and inks to stain their teeth black, which was regarded as more attractive.
  18. In the middle ages in Germany, if you had a toothache, you would have been told to kiss a donkey to cure it!
  19. 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. These twigs are equally effective as modern toothbrushes.
  20. In China, in 1498, the first toothbrush with bristles was made, using hair from hogs and horses. The first official modern commercial toothbrush was manufactured in 1938 with Nylon bristles. Modern toothbrush generally has about 2,500 nylon bristles grouped in forty tufts.
  21. In 1873, Colgate released the first commercially prepared toothpaste, which had the minty taste we know today.
  22. In the past, people used charcoal ashes, chalk, lemon juice, and other concoctions to brush their teeth.
  23. An average person spends about 38 days brushing their teeth over their lifetime.
  24. A tooth that gets knocked out will start to die within 15 minutes. You can extend its life of a knocked out tooth by placing it in milk or holding it in your mouth.
  25. Contrary to the myth, George Washington never had wooden teeth. His dentures were made from gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory and human teeth! In fact, at the time of his inauguration, George Washington only had one real tooth!
  26. In Sri Lanka in the city of Kandy, you will find Buddha’s left canine on display in the Temple of the Tooth. After the Buddha’s cremation, the tooth became a symbol of power so much so that whoever owned the canine had the right to rule Sri Lanka, and it was passed down from monarch to monarch.
  27. The most valuable tooth belonged to Sir Isaac Newton. In 1816 one of his teeth was sold in London for $3,633, or in today’s terms $35,000. The tooth was set in a ring!
  28. Norway has world’s largest tooth bank which stores milk teeth from babies. The bank has 17,000 teeth stored. Milk teeth are excellent indicators of what pollutants are in the environment.
  29. Ashik Gavai, a 17 year old Indian boy suffered from a benogn tumor called odontoma which was removed surgically . Amazingly within the tumor the doctors found 232 “pearl-like” teeth.
  30. In Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, fake tooth braces are considered style statements selling for a price range of $100 to $1200.
  31. Amazingly teeth tattoos can be applied to a cap or crown. These images are remain permanent.
  32. Among animals Dogs have 42 teeth, cats have 30 teeth, pigs have 44 teeth, and an armadillo has 104 teeth.
  33. A snail’s mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but it can have over 25,000 teeth!
  34. The elephant grinds its molars and grows new ones. This happens six times in a lifetime! An elephant’s molar is about 7-inch square and can weigh just below 3 Kg.
  35. Amazingly even mosquitoes have teeth numbering 47.
  36. Dolphins only use their teeth to grasp as they can’t chew, because dolphins’ jaws have no muscles.
  37. Humans have two sets of teeth during their lifetime, while sharks have around 40 sets of teeth.
  38. Amazingly the Crocodile Bird flies into the open mouth of a crocodile and cleans the crocodile’s teeth!
  39. The Blue Whale is the largest mammal on earth, but it eats only tiny shrimp because it has no teeth.
  40. Amazing fact is that giraffes only have bottom teeth. 

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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