Once your adult teeth come through you have only one shot at looking after them. Failure to do so can lead to unwanted dental problems resulting in the need to have fillings or worse, teeth removed. This is why dentist stress how important it is to look after your teeth properly. Brushing correctly twice a day and visiting a private or NHS dentist regularly can drastically improve the health of your teeth.
Below are 10 interesting facts about teeth you may not have known.
- The hardest part of the human body is the enamel found on the top of the teeth. It isn’t however recommended that you abuse this by using your teeth to remove bottle tops.
- Every persons set of teeth are completely different from another’s. Unique just like the fingerprint, you should be proud of and take care of your teeth.
- Your toothbrush can harvest a whole army of bacteria particularly when wet. The best way to keep your toothbrush as clean as possible is to keep it dry. Keeping the toilet lid shut when flushing also helps to prevent faecal matter from reaching the brush.
- The average person brushes their teeth for just 45-70 seconds each day. They should actually be brushed for at least 2 minutes twice daily.
- If you are unfortunate enough to have a tooth knocked out you can help save it by doing the following. Pick the tooth up by the crown and rinse under water if dirty. Push the tooth back into the socket if possible as this will give the tooth the best survival chance. If this isn’t possible the tooth can be kept in the mouth next to the cheek or placed in milk. Visit the dentist straight away.
- There are more than 300 types of bacteria present in plaque.
- Failure to brush your teeth can not only effect your oral health but your overall health too. Poor oral hygiene is also linked to heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes.
- Milk teeth begin to form before you are born but don’t come through until you are around 6-12 month old.
- Humans have 2 sets of teeth in their life time. Their milk teeth which fall out to be replaced by their adult teeth. Once you have your adult teeth you will need to take good care of them should you want to keep your teeth.
- In a lifetime the average person spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth.