Eight Fun Facts About Teeth

flossingWhile you certainly know your way around your toothbrush and know more than a thing or two about your teeth, none of what you know right now can possibly prepare you for these fun facts about your pearly whites!

  1. Cavities were once believed to have been caused by tiny tooth worms

People during the medieval times believed that tiny tooth worms bore holes in the teeth, causing cavities. It’s said that these tiny tooth worms hid out of sight and that their wiggling caused the unbearable pain of toothaches.

Weirdly fun and certainly gross as that may seem, modern dental medicine has taught us that bacteria in the plaque that builds up around teeth over time are what causes cavities, not tiny tooth worms as previously believed.

  1. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body

If you thought that your bones were the hardest part of your body, then you’re wrong. As it turns out, our pearly whites, namely, the tooth enamel, is considered by experts as the hardest mineral substance in the human body – it’s even harder and stronger than bone!

The next time that you think about punching someone’s teeth out, you may want to think about how much stronger teeth are than your fists.

  1. The world’s most valuable tooth belonged to Sir Isaac Newton

Valued approximately at somewhere north of $35,000 in today’s money, Sir Isaac Newton’s tooth, which was encased in a ring, sold for $3,633 in London way back in 1816.

  1. Contrary to popular belief, George Washington never had wooden teeth

Contrary to popular belief, the first president of the United States never had wooden teeth. In fact, his dentures were made out of gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory and human teeth!

  1. No two people have the same set of teeth

While everyone mostly has the same number of teeth, and teeth almost all look the same, it seems that they’re just about as unique as our fingerprints.

In fact, dental records and teeth are often used in identifying people, dead or alive, in what’s known as forensic dentistry.

  1. Your teeth are good indicator of your physical and mental health

People who take good care of their bodies are more likely to have a good set of teeth. Likewise, the dentist can also tell if patients are under constant just by closely examining their teeth. This is because people who’re stressed often constantly grind their teeth, resulting into obvious signs of unnecessary wear and tear.

Additionally, poor dental health has been determined a risk factor for various illnesses, such as heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s.

  1. Your teeth have already developed way before you were even born

You probably don’t know this, but the tooth buds of your 20 primary teeth, as well as that of the 32 permanent teeth are already there in your jaws the very same day you were born. In fact, your teeth had already begun developing while you were still inside the womb.

The lone exception here is the wisdom teeth, which only begins to develop well into your adult years.

  1. The tooth fairy has been giving more money lately

On average, the “tooth fairy” left 25 cents almost half a century ago. This quadrupled to $1.00 by the 80s and has since increased to $2.00.

As fun as these facts may be, there’s one undeniable fact when it comes to your teeth and it’s that daily preventative care goes a long way in making sure you get to enjoy a healthy smile for years to come.

Make sure you’re in good oral health by contacting Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111 to schedule a checkup and professional cleaning today! Or visit www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com to learn more about oral health.

Why Should I Take My Child To The Dentist If Their Teeth Will Fall Out Anyways?

475936549It’s not surprising for parents to be unsure of when to take their child to a dentist, or to ask why they should even do so in the first place. The latter, for example, is a common concern because most parents believe that their children’s teeth will eventually just fall out anyways. So, why bother, right? Certainly, the possibility of having to deal with an extremely fussy child doesn’t help either.

The truth be told, however, there are reasons why dentists recommend taking a child to the dentist early, preferably, when the first tooth erupts or no later than the age of one or two.

Importance of Primary Teeth

In the past, most parents didn’t really think much of the baby teeth. In fact, even dentists didn’t really think they were that important. After all, conventional thinking was that they’d fall out eventually anyway, so why bother with them?

In recent years, however, dentists have found out that taking proper care of the primary teeth can benefit a child’s oral health well into their adulthood. And, for this very reason, pediatric dentists put an emphasis on making sure that children are able to keep their baby teeth for as long as possible.

Among the many problems prevented by keeping baby teeth in place for as long as possible include:

  • Misalignment and malocclusions due to missing baby teeth, which may require extensive, long-term orthodontic care.
  • The possibility of decay and infection spreading into the permanent teeth.
  • Periodontal disease.

The First Visit

Most pediatric dentists will tell you that the first visit doesn’t really involve much work. Considering most children can be extremely fussy when exposed to a new environment, the first visit is really much more about just introducing children to the dentist’s office and the staff members. This familiarization can go a long way in building trust and helping children associate the dentist’s office as something non-threatening.

The first visit will also often include discussions about how to take proper care of a child’s first few teeth, as well as the introduction to the specific, child-friendly language used in the office for certain items.

If the child is not fussy and feels comfortable in the office setting, the dentist may opt to do a quick examination to look for signs of early decay. Though, more often than not, the more thorough check is often conducted in future visits, when the child feels much more at ease in the dentist’s office already.

Why Pediatric Dentists?

It is recommended for parents to take their children not to a general dentist, but to a pediatric dentist for specialized dental care.

Pediatric dentists are dentists who have undergone the necessary additional training and education to better care for children’s teeth. They also use special tools and techniques specialized for small mouths, to help ease your fears, as a parent, about your child feeling uncomfortable during dental appointments.

By putting your child at ease and making the first dentist appointments a generally good experience, you will help put your child on the right track to develop good dental habits in the future.

Emphasizing proper and preventative dental care early on can help minimize the dental problems that your child will have to deal with in the future. Not to mention, this can help you raise a child who doesn’t just fear the dentist, but also looks forwards to his or her regular checkups and cleanings!

Be sure that your child has good oral health by contacting Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111 to schedule an appointment for your child. Visit www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com for more information regarding Dental Associates of Hoboken.

The Health and Social Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry | Hoboken General Dentist

Smiling young couple in loveCosmetic dentistry is the branch of dentistry that mainly deals with the appearance of teeth. The several procedures involved, which includes but are not limited to, teeth whitening, teeth straightening, veneers, crowns, bleaching and reshaping, are elective and considered “unnecessary” by many. The fact that most dental insurance companies do not cover the total costs of many cosmetic dentistry procedures seem to promote the notion that they are not really necessary.

While it is true that cosmetic dentistry is “elective” in more ways than one, in just as many ways, cosmetic dentistry also offers plenty of benefits, all stemming from a much improved smile and a better appearance.

Social Benefits

Cosmetic dentistry makes it possible to get the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Now, a million dollar smile may not be on top of many people’s priorities, but that’s not to say that it is not without its benefits. A much better looking smile helps improve your self-confidence and self-esteem significantly. This then makes it easier for you to go out, smile and socialize with other people.

Simply put, an improved smile helps you see the world in a different and much more positive light. Not only that, but because you have a reason to smile a lot more than before, you’ll project yourself as more approachable, affable and attractive.

By helping you become more confident about yourself and feel more attractive, you have a much better chance of living a better and more positive life.

Health Benefits

The word “cosmetic” always gives off the impression that the main, and only, beneficiary is one’s appearance and that it’s only done to improve one’s look. Though, as far as cosmetic dentistry goes, it’s not always just about esthetics, it’s also about improving your oral and overall health.

You surely want to have straight, better shaped, white teeth and once you have that, your teeth will only stay that way if you put an emphasis on sticking to a strict oral hygiene regimen. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing and rinsing with fluoride mouthwash preferably. Also, you’ll have to stay away from certain stain-causing food, such as coffee, tea and most especially, carbonated drinks or soft drinks. Certain habits should be avoided too, such as chewing on ice or other hard objects, smoking, frequent alcohol consumption and so on.

As a result of making the necessary lifestyle changes to make sure that your teeth remain perfect, your health too will improve significantly.

Not only that, but there are many other cases where cosmetic dentistry helps in improving the overall function your teeth.

For example, bonding can help strengthen worn-down teeth. Also, those with misaligned teeth or bites often develop worse dental problems that may result in painful areas outside of one’s teeth and this is something that cosmetic dentistry can help with.

Improved social confidence, better health and of course, the smile that you’ve always wanted, what more can you ask for?

Contact your dentist today and get to know just how cosmetic dentistry can help change your life for the better!

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