Fun Facts About Teeth

As you are teaching your kids about proper dental care, it’s a good idea to teach them in a fun way.  Instead of just telling them that they need to brush their teeth or they will get cavities, teach them interesting facts about their teeth and mouth that will get them excited.  Read on for fun and interesting facts about the teeth and mouth.  

Your enamel (the top surface of your tooth) is the hardest part of your entire body! Harder than bones!

Your teeth begin to form even before you are born, and some babies are born with teeth.  

You only get two sets of teeth – your baby teeth and adult, or permanent teeth.  It is important to take care of them because if you lose your adult teeth, you won’t get any more!

On average, people spend 38.5 days brushing their teeth throughout their life.

Just like we are right or left handed, we tend to be right or left mouthed.  Right handed people tend to chew with the right side of their mouth, and left handed people tend to chew with the left!

The first known dentist lived in Egypt over 5,000 years ago.  His name was Hesi-Re.  However, archeologists have found evidence of fillings in people who lived nearly 9,000 years ago!

People used to chew on twigs to brush their teeth.

Humans have 32 teeth, while dogs have 42, cats have 30, pigs have 44 teeth, armadillos have  the most teeth out of any land animal at 104 teeth.

Great white sharks have hundreds of teeth, and they lose a tooth about every week.  

Technically, snails have the most teeth, up to 25,000 teeth!  They don’t chew their food though, their teeth sit on radulas, ribbon-like structures that grind up their food.

An elephant tooth weighs about 6 pounds.

Everyone has a unique tongue print.

We use 14 million gallons of toothpaste in the United States every year.

50% of people say that a person’s smile is the first thing they notice when they meet someone new.  

In medieval Japan, people thought that teeth were ugly.  Women would stain their teeth black with ink and roots because that was more attractive than pearly whites.  

Your mouth produces enough saliva to fill two swimming pools during your life.  That’s over 25,000 quarts!

More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.  

Tooth decay is caused by a strain of bacteria that can be passed from person to person.  So technically, cavities are contagious!  Make sure that you brush your teeth to protect your mouth from tooth decay.