10 Fun Tooth Facts

There is more to your teeth than you might think! Keep reading for some amazing facts on your pearly whites:

  1. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body. It covers the outside of your teeth, and protects them from decay. It might be incredibly strong, but sugary drinks like juice eat away at enamel, causing cavities to form.
  2. Your mouth produces over 25,000 quarts of saliva throughout your life. You could fill two swimming pools with all that! Be thankful, salvia helps repair early tooth decay.
  3. Brushing your teeth daily reduces tooth decay by 25%. It’s a very important part of your day! Make sure you are brushing correctly for the best results.
  4. You can only see two thirds of your teeth. Where is the other third hiding? Underneath your gums! This is why you must floss your teeth daily, to clean the parts of your teeth you cannot see.
  5. Teeth are as unique as fingerprints. No two people have the same set of teeth. Smile and be proud of yours, it’s one-of-a-kind!
  6. You only have two sets of teeth during your lifetime. That might seem like plenty, but sharks get 40 sets. After your baby teeth fall out, the permanent teeth stay there the rest of your life. Take good care of them!
  7. Tooth brushes have existed for thousands of years. They were made from tree twigs and scientists say they were just as effective in preventing decay as the ones we use today.
  8. Everyone has the same number of teeth. Human mouths are designed to hold 32 teeth. That might seem like a lot, but snails have 25,600!
  9. Your teeth are forming before you are born. Teeth start to form when you are in the womb, but do not come out until you are between six and 12 months old.
  10. Baby teeth matter. They guide adult teeth so they come in straight. Also, cavities can spread from baby teeth to adult teeth. Healthy baby teeth equals healthy adult teeth!

Cheryl Lyons is the Social Media Specialist at Amélie Company, the local Denver advertising and marketing agency that works with Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation.