Each February, the American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
We all know our teeth are important for eating, talking, and smiling, but most often we overlook how cool teeth can be. Read these 10 fun facts to learn just how special your teeth are!
- Surveys have found that at least 50% of respondents said that a smile is the first feature they notice about another person.
- U.S. consumers buy 14 million gallons of toothpaste each year!
- Most adults have 32 teeth. Though miniscule in size comparison, mosquitos have about 47 teeth, and snails have about 25 teeth . . . on their tongues.
- Your tooth enamel is the hardest part of your entire body.
- Teeth start to form even before birth. Milk teeth, or baby teeth, start to form when a baby is in the womb, but teeth don’t begin to show until a child is between 6-12 months old.
- Humans have 2 sets of teeth during their lifetime, while sharks have around 40 sets of teeth.
- Your mouth produces over 25,000 quarts of saliva throughout your life. That’s enough to fill two swimming pools! Saliva protects your teeth from bacteria in your mouth.
- The average person spends 38 days brushing their teeth during their lifetime.
- 1/3 of your teeth are underneath your gums.
- Modern toothpaste has only been available for the past 100 years. Before this invention, humans used charcoal or ground chalk, ashes, lemon juice, and honey-tobacco mixtures to clean their teeth!
Looking for an easy way to explain to younger children why taking care of their teeth is so important? Or maybe even why we use tooth paste to begin with? Try this great kidshealth.com article about teeth care for children! For a look for yourself about how to take the best possible care of your children’s teeth, check out this article on dentalcare.com for tips to keep kids’ teeth healthy and strong, year-to-year.