While 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.