Dentists are experts on your teeth and dental health, but even they don’t know everything. Here are some fun facts to impress your dentist with at your next checkup!
Fact #1: Most kids first see the dentist at the age of three.
Fact #2: The first toothbrush with bristles was made in China in 1948. The bristles were initially made with hog hair, and horse or badger hair were used later on.
Fact #3: The first braces were made in France in 1728, and were made of a strip of metal attached to the teeth using pieces of thread.
Fact #4: Some cheeses, such as cheddar, Swiss, and Monterey Jack can help prevent tooth decay.
Fact #5: Your set of teeth is as unique as your fingerprints.
Fact #6: Americans buy over 3 million miles of dental floss every year.
Fact #7: If you don’t floss, 35% of the surface of your teeth doesn’t get cleaned.
Fact #8: False teeth were used as early as the 8th century BCE.
Fact #9: George Washington had several sets of dentures made from hippopotamus, cow, and walrus teeth, as well as elephant tusks.
Fact #10: Tooth decay is the second most common disease in the US, after the common cold.