Tooth Trivia

Do you like trivia? These fun dental facts that will make you smile and enhance your oral health by giving you the whole “tooth” and nothing but the truth!

  • Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body
  • The Egyptians invented toothpaste over 5,000 years ago
  • The earliest known dental work was performed between 7,500 and 9,000 years ago
  • George Washington’s dentures were constructed of gold, ivory, lead and a mixture of human, donkey and hippopotamus teeth
  • Prehistoric kids almost never had cavities because they didn’t eat sugar
  • Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different
  • The strongest muscle in proportion to its size in the human body is the tongue
  • Lilac is the official color of dentistry
  • The official emblem of dentistry was adopted by the American Dental Association (ADA) in 1965
  • Your teeth started forming before you were born
  • The average woman smiles about 62 times a day, a man only 8 and kids laugh at least 400 times a day
  • Adults have 32 teeth, children have 20 teeth. Dogs have 42 teeth while cats have 30 teeth. Pigs have 44 teeth
  • According to a recent survey done by Time Magazine, 59% of Americans would rather have a dental appointment than be sitting next to someone talking on a cell phone
  • Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a billion dollars on chewing gum
  • The average person only brushes for 45 to 70 seconds a day, the recommended amount of time is 2-3 minutes
  • Americans spend over $2 billion a year on dental products such as mouthwash, toothpaste and dental floss
  • 73% of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss
  • 3 million miles of dental floss is purchased in the United States every year
  • In 1994 a prison inmate in West Virginia braided floss into a rope, scaled the wall and escaped
  • People who drink 3 or more sugary sodas daily have 62% more dental decay, fillings and tooth loss
  • It takes 17 muscles to smile but 43 to frown
  • More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones
  • Dentists recommend that a toothbrush be kept at least six (6) feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush
  • Dogs are less likely than humans to develop cavities because their saliva has a very high PH, preventing the loss of tooth enamel
  • A tooth that has been knocked out starts to die within 15 minutes but if you put it in milk or hold it in your mouth it will survive longer
  • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of spit in a lifetime, enough to fill 2 swimming pools
  • If you are a female and live in Vermont, it is still illegal to wear dentures without the written consent of your husband


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