Dental Facts to Chew On!
Dentistry has come a long way since the beginning of time. Enclosed is a list of Dental Facts for you and your family to chew on.
- The number of cavities in the average mouth is down and people are keeping their teeth longer with the advances in dentistry. People, on average, have healthier mouths than even 10 years ago.
- 60% of people don’t know that a sore jaw, when combined with chest pain, can signal a heart attack – especially in women.
- The average American spends 38.5 total days brushing their teeth over a lifetime.
- The average person only brushes for 45 to 70 seconds a day, the recommended amount of time is 2-3 minutes.
- More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque.
- Just like fingerprints, tooth prints are unique to each individual.
- 32% of Americans cite bad breath as the least attractive trait of their co-workers.
- Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least six (6) feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.
- A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans
- Only 40% of young people age 6 to 19 have experienced their first cavity. That’s down from 50% a decade ago.
- Over the last ten years the number of people age 60 who’d lost all their teeth had decreased from 33% to 25%.
- 44% of dental care expenditures are paid out-of-pocket.
- It has been estimated that 69 percent of Americans age 35 to 44 have at least one missing tooth, and one in four over the age of 74 have lost ALL their natural teeth.
- Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves and stimulates natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.
- More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.
- More than 51 million hours of school are lost each year by children due to dental related illness.
- 94% of Americans say they brush nightly’ 81% say they do it first thing in the morning.
- People who drink 3 or more sugary sodas daily have 62% more dental decay, fillings and tooth loss.
- People with red hair are more sensitive to pain and consequently need more anesthetic during operations than other patients. Those with red hair needed 20 percent more anesthetic to numb the pain, according to New Scientist.
- The enamel on the top surface on your tooth is the hardest part of your entire body.
- Many diseases are linked to your oral health, including heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
- If you get your tooth knocked out, put it in milk and hold it in your mouth—this will help your tooth to survive longer. Make sure you see a dentist right away.