10 Tidbits About Your Teeth to Boost Your Dental IQ

10 Tidbits About Your Teeth to Boost Your Dental IQ

Posted by COVINGTON DENTISTRY on Sep 21 2020, 05:46 AM

Your teeth don’t often cross your mind unless it’s time to brush or you have a dentist’s appointment. Did you know that your tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in your body? If you didn’t, then here are more facts about your teeth that might interest you.

Wow, Your Teeth Are Unique!

Just like your DNA, your teeth are unique from others. No individual shares a similar set of teeth, not even identical twins. It’s due to this that archeologists use dental records to identify the remains of a human being. 

Like an Iceberg

Just like the iceberg, only the crown of your tooth is visible and not your root. Only one-third of your tooth can be seen.

Your Teeth Can’t Heal on Their Own

Every tissue in your body can heal its own, except your teeth. Though enamel is the strongest substance in your body, if damaged, it’s impossible to heal. 

For tooth decay, a filling or a cap is used.  Whereas for a missing tooth, dentures or dental implants are the available options. 

Yes, You Have 32 Teeth!

In total, you have 8 incisors, 4 canines, 8 premolars and 12 molars. Don’t worry if you have only 28 teeth, as the time when wisdom teeth appear can vary for different individuals. 

Your Mouth Has Billions of Bacteria

It’s believed that up to 700 types of bacteria call it their home. Your mouth consists of over 6 billion bacteria. That’s why scientists call a human mouth “human oral microbiome”. 

You Make Gallons of Saliva Over a Lifetime

A human body produces 2 to 4 pints of saliva every day. So that makes about 10,000 gallons over a lifetime. 

We Spend About 38 Days Brushing

Believe it or not, we spend an average of 38 days brushing our teeth over a lifetime. 

Our Teeth Are Naturally Yellow

So, think twice when you buy extra-whitening toothpaste.

Saliva Protects Your Gums From Bacteria

Saliva not only helps in chewing, swallowing, and digestion but also prevents tooth decay and gum disease.  

Your Teeth Are Formed Before Your Birth

Milk teeth are formed when the baby is in the womb. But it comes out only when the baby is between 6 to 12 months old. 

Covington Signature Dentistry offers the best dental care to maintain your healthy smile. For more details, call us at (253) 638-9955 or visit us at 27121 174th Place SE, Suite 202, Covington, WA 98042. 

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