Interesting Facts about Teeth

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  1. The average person only brushes for 45 seconds; however, the recommended amount of time is 2 minutes.
  2. Over a lifetime, this translates into approximately 35.5 total days of tooth brushing.
  3. There are 10-12 teaspoons of sugar in a single can of soda. People who drink 3 or more glasses of soda each day have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss compared to people who limit sugary and acidic beverages.
  4. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. However, we do not recommend that you use your pearly whites to open bottle caps!
  5. If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth surfaces. Make sure you brush and floss twice a day!
  6. Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a million dollars on chewing gum.
  7. More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.
  8. Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different
  9. The average woman smiles 62 times a day. The average man smiles about 8 times a day.
  10. Kids laugh around 300 times a day, adults just 15 times a day.
  11. Just like fingerprints, tooth prints are unique to each individual.
  12. 67% of Americans have had at least 1 cavity by age 19.
  13. 1882 was the year commercial floss was first manufactured.
  14. 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 $35,700. The tooth was set in a ring! (source: Guinness World Records 2002).
  15. More than 1000 types of bacteria make up dental plaque.
  16. Dogs have 42 teeth, cats have 30 teeth, pigs have 44 teeth and mosquitos have 47 teeth!
  17. A snail’s mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but it can have over 14,000 teeth!
  18. The elephant grinds its molars and grows new ones. This happens six times in a lifetime! An elephant’s molar is about 7 inches square and can weigh over 6 pounds
  19. The Blue Whale is the largest mammal on earth, but it eats only tiny shrimp because it has no teeth.
  20. The Crocodile Bird flies into the open mouth of a crocodile and cleans the crocodile’s teeth!

*Note: All facts and jokes have been gathered from different internet sources.