dental facts

I bet you didn't think it was possible, but here are a few dental fun facts that may find you saying "Wow, I didn't know that!"

Each person's set of teeth is unique - much like their fingerprints - even in identical twins.

Some cheeses are have been found to protect teeth from decay.

The Mexican version of the Tooth Fairy is known as the Tooth Mouse, which takes the tooth and leaves treasures in its place.

If you're right handed, you will chew your food on your right side. If you're left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.

The major causes of tooth loss in people under age 35 are sports, accidents and fights.

George Washington's dentures were made from walrus, hippopotamus, and cows' teeth, as well as elephant tusks.

The most valuable tooth was one a nobleman purchased - belonging to the famous scientists Isaac Newton - for $4,560. It was set in a ring.

In 200 AD, the Romans used a mixture of bones, eggshells, oyster shells and honey to clean their teeth.

Queen Elizabeth I's teeth were noticeably discolored. A German traveler, Paul Henter, speculated that the discoloration was due to the Queen's excessive consumption of sugar, making the first recorded association between sugar and tooth decay.

The second most common disease in the United States is tooth decay. The first is the common cold.


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