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When thinking about all things dental related, there are many things we may not be aware of. Listed below is an accumulation of strange and interesting facts about teeth, smiles, and dental history.

-Among the first known dentists in the world were the Etruscans. In 700 BC they carved false teeth from the teeth of various mammals, and produced partial bridge work good enough to eat with.

-The first braces were constructed by Pierre Fauchard in 1728 in France . These braces consisted of a flat strip of metal connected to the teeth by pieces of thread.

-50′s heart throb James Dean had no front teeth! He wore a bridge.

-Movie star, Cary Grant was born without two of his front teeth, he had no lateral incisors.

-Model, Lauren Hutton, made the “gap” between front teeth, fashionable.

-Tom Cruise corrected his smile with braces at age 39.

-Tongue piercing did not become popular until after the movie, Pulp Fiction.

-The insertion of gems into teeth has long predated hip hop culture, with rich Mayans drilling pieces of jade into their teeth.

-Grills first became popular with hip hop artists in the 1980′s

-The first successful dental implants were done on dogs.

-The first human titanium implants were placed by Branemark in Sweden in 1965.

-Over 1.7 billion dollars is spent annually on tooth whitening products.

-Ancient Romans used urine and goats milk to whiten their teeth.

-The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill 2 swimming pools!

- A sore jaw, when combined with chest pain, can signal a heart attack-especially in women

-More people use blue toothbrushes vs red ones.

-You are should not keep your toothbrush near a toilet. The airborne particles from the flush can travel up to a distance of 6 feet. Yuck!

-People who drink 3 or more glasses of soda each day have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others. Put down the pop and sports drinks and pick up some nice fresh water instead.

-80% of people are not happy with their smile.

-In 1994, a prison inmate in West Virginia braided dental floss into a rope, scaled the wall and escaped.
If you don’t floss you are missing  35% of your teeth’s surfaces.

-You should replace your toothbrush at least every three months, and always after you have an episode of flu, cold or other viral infections. Notorious bacteria can implant themselves on the toothbrush bristles leading to re-infection.

-Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. However, we do not recommend that you use your pearly whites to open bottle caps.

-A recent poll has shown that health professionals (physicians, dentists and nurses) were among the most trusted people in The United States. The least trusted? Lobbyists and congressmen of course!

-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. Maybe some of us should take a hint!

-According to the Academy of General dentistry, the average person only brushes for 45 to 70 seconds a day, the recommended amount of time is 2-3 minutes.

- 3 out of 4 people in the United States suffer from some form of gum disease. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in people over age 35. The good news is, in most cases gum disease can be prevented or controlled!

-Children smile about 400 times a day.

-Women smile about 62 times a day compared to men who smile eight times a day on average.

-Each person’s set of teeth is unique much like their fingerprints. Even identical twins do not have exactly the same set of teeth. Forensic Dentistry is an integral part of most CSI departments.

-Did you know that your tongue print is also unique?

-Does the hand you write with affect your teeth? It can. Right-handed people, tend to chew food on their right side, while left-handed people tend to chew on their left side.

-50% of people say the smile is the first thing they notice about other people.

-William F. Semple, a dentist from Mount Vernon , OH . was issued the first patent in 1869 for chewing gum.

-Aztec dentists would mix iron fillings, water and navel lint bake and insert it in the cavities to seal it.

-The commonly used practice of putting a cap on toothbrush is actually more detrimental.The moisture entrapped in the cap favors bacterial growth.

-The first toothbrush with bristles was manufactured in China in 1498. Bristles from hogs, horses and badgers were used.

-The first commercial toothbrush was made in 1938.

-You are supposed to replace your toothbrush after you have an episode of flu, cold or other viral infections. Notorious microbes can implant themselves on the toothbrush bristles leading to re-infection.

-New born babies do not have tooth decay bacteria. Often, the bacteria are transmitted from mother to baby when she kisses the child or blows in hot food/drink before feeding the baby.

-Guess who worked as a silversmith, a copper plate engraver, a dentist, and still found time to warn the countryside when the Brits were coming? Paul Revere

-American’s best-known author of western novels, Zane Gray, was a dentist before becoming a writer

-There is a name for the soreness that results when you burn your mouth on melted mozzarella- it’s “pizza palate”.

-What famous artist depicted his stone-faced dentist as a farmer in “American Gothic”? Grant Wood

-83% of people believe their teeth are more important to their appearance than hair and eyes.

-How many athletes avoid dental tragedy each year by covering their pearly whites with mouth guards? 200,000

-Certain cheeses, including aged cheddar, Swiss and Monterey Jack, have been found to protect teeth from decay and help remineralize enamel.

-There are approximately 150,00o licensed dentists in the United States.

-Which Michigan city was the first in the United States to protect its citizens’ teeth by fluoridating the water? Grand Rapids

-Athletes are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth when not wearing a mouth guard during athletic activities

-Long ago, people used to ground up chalk or charcoal, lemon juice, ashes or even a mixture of tobacco and honey to clean their teeth. It was only about 100 years ago that someone finally created a minty cream to clean their teeth and it came to be known as Toothpaste.

-Research says that people with periodontal disease (Gum disease) are at higher risk for developing heart disease, stroke, uncontrolled diabetes, pre-term births and respiratory disease.

-People with gum disease are twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without disease.

-Top of the American teeth stakes in the poll for greatest looking teeth were Hollywood actors Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts.

-How much is the Tooth Fairy paying per tooth? Around $2 per tooth. (12/05, Money Magazine)

-32% of Americans cite bad breath as the least attractive trait of their co-workers.

-38.5 total days an average American spends brushing teeth over lifetime.

-73% of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss.

-A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans.

-Tooth decay remains the most common chronic disease among children ages 5-17 with 59% affected.

-Employed adults lose more than 164 million hours of work each year due to oral health problems or dental visits.

-At  birth the only fully developed organ is the tongue.  It is needed for sucking.

-Royal smile -there is someone whose job includes squeezing Prince Charles’s toothpaste onto the royal toothbrush. That someone is Michael Fawcett, the prince’s personal valet. Since Fawcett is, according to various news reports, the only person Charles trusts with this awesome responsibility, one must presume that the heir to the throne’s dental hygiene declines precipitously whenever the valet goes on vacation.

-50% of Americans do not receive regular oral health care

-In children under age 16, regular brushing with fluoridated toothpaste results in 24 percent fewer cavities than does brushing with non-fluoridated toothpaste.

-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 per cent more anesthetic to numb the pain, according to New Scientist. They also wear through anesthesia more quickly.

-American sweet tooth… Did you know…Americans spent $21 billion on candy in 2001. That is more than the gross national products of Lituania, Costa Rica and Mozambique combined.

-Dentistry is affordable:

Dentistry:  $50 Billion
Pet food:  $50 Billion
Hair care:  $100 Billion
Gambling (legal):  $300 Billion

-More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque.

-The total number of orthodontic patients has doubled since 1971 and today 15 to 20 percent of patients wearing braces are between the ages of 20 and 60.

-Teeth in a growing fetus begin to develop only six weeks after conception

-Among the first known dentists in the world were the Etruscans. In 700 BC they carved false teeth from the teeth of various mammals, and produced partial bridge work good enough to eat with.

-The first braces were constructed by Pierre Fauchard in 1728 in France . These braces consisted of a flat strip of metal connected to the teeth by pieces of thread.

-In Vermont , it is illegal for women to wear false teeth without the written permission of their husband!

-100 years ago 50% of adults in North America were toothless.

-Today less than 10% of adults over age 65 have lost teeth.

-Over three million miles of dental floss is purchased in North America each year

-Tooth Decay is the 2nd most common disease in the U.S. after the common cold.

-Today’s tooth fairy needs a lot more silver than she did in 1900 when she left an average of twelve cents. In 1998, the tooth fairy left an average of one dollar.

-The Blue Whale is the largest mammal on earth, but it eats only tiny shrimp because it has no teeth!

-The snail’s mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but it can have over 25,000 teeth!

-In 1866 Lucy Beaman Hobbs became the first licensed female dentist.

-George Washington never had wooden teeth. His dentures were made from Gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory and human teeth.

-Energy drinks have 11% more sugar than regular soda.

-Smokers are three times more likely than non-smokers to lose all of their teeth.

-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.

-A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 600 mph.

Summer is finally here! As the weather begins to heat up, most of us spend more time participating in outdoor activities. Different activities like Tennis, horseback riding, basketball, and swimming. As we have all of this fun, there are a few precautions one should take to protect their oral health. Protecting yourself will make the summer safer and much more fun.

Summer Smile Protection Tips

1. Sports Mouthguards – As we do more physical activities, we need to think about our teeth, just like our skin needs protection from the sun, our teeth need protection from trauma. Approximately 40% of all sports related injuries involve the head, more precisely, the face.Having your dentist fabricate a custom made athletic mouthguard, will decrease your risk of tooth loss from trauma significantly. Research has also shown that these athletic mouthguards can also lower the risks of a concussion, as well as, enhance your athletic performance by helping maintain airway and more efficient breathing.

2. Sports Drinks – Sports drinks (like gatorade) have become extremely popular beverages even for non athletes, but they can also be damaging to our smiles. Most sport drinks contain a high content of sugar and are highly acidic. Consumption of too many sports drinks can lead to tooth decay and tooth enamel erosion. If you choose to drink sports drinks during activity, keep a limit on them, drink plain water in between, and practice proper oral hygiene to keep the acids and sugars from attacking your teeth. Remember, sport drinks are made to replace what your body loses during extreme sweating and exertion, they are not meant to be a beverage consumed with lunch. Use them properly and you will not suffer the damage that they can incur.

3. Drinking Water – Water is great for your body, skin,and your teeth. Choose pure water with no added flavors or carbonation and you will not have to worry about demineralizing your teeth, many of the additives can cause tooth enamel breakdown. Water can also help by flushing away food particles and bacteria, keeping your mouth clean and fresh. The simple act of drinking water helps to maintain oral hygiene.  Maintaining good oral hygiene also includes proper brushing, flossing, and use of an antibacterial mouthrinse. Following a good oral hygiene program should always include staying properly hydrated. The best part about water is you can drink it any time with no side effects. It is truly the perfect drink for your entire body.

4. Swimming and chlorine- Swimming in your pool is a great way to exercise and spend time with your family and friends. The swimming pool contains chlorine, a very hazardous chemical, which can cause damage to your teeth even when levels are properly monitored.  Spending a lot of time in a pool with poorly maintained chemical levels can cause permanent damage to your teeth’s enamel. Water that is over chlorinated (such as many community pools) may cause tooth enamel erosion and  permanent staining of teeth. The tooth surface is directly affected by harsh chemicals, such as acid, causing the enamel to erode, thin, breakdown, and stain. When there are high levels of chlorine in the pool, the water becomes more acidic. Continuous exposure to acid can cause the damage to begin and subsequently progress.

5. Chewing Gum - Chewing a sugar free gum containing xylitol is a great way to protect your teeth. Gum chewing helps to increase the production of saliva in the mouth. Saliva helps keep the mouth neutral, or balanced. The addition of xylitol to the saliva helps this balance at another level.  Xylitol  cannot be converted to acids by oral bacteria, so it helps to maintain a proper alkaline/acid balance in your mouth. Chewing gum also helps satisfy your snacking desire, which may be a great way to decrease the intake of junk food snacks for you and your children.

Conclusion

We all look forward to Summer and enjoying the great weather. Now it is time to enjoy it fully, without suffering from it for the rest of the year. Be aware of the hazards, and be prepared for you and your family. Taking care of you and your family will make this the best summer yet!  Have a happy, healthy summer!

We all have heard the old saying, “We are what we eat”, but did you know it is just as important for your teeth as it is your body? Your choice of drink has a big impact on your waistline as well as your dental health. Most of the focus regarding the consumption of sugary soft drinks, sport drinks, and fruit juices surrounds obesity and diabetes. It is important to realize that these same drinks can contribute to tooth decay and possibly dental pain if untreated.

The average American consumes over 50 gallons of soda and other sweetened drinks each year. Statistics show that almost 20 percent of all children under the age of 19 have untreated cavities. The sweetened soft drinks and the like are wreaking havoc on our dental health. They work by constantly washing your mouth with sugar and acid allowing for the perfect acidic environment and constant supply of sugar for the bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria then produce more acids that lead to tooth decay by dissolving the enamel that protects our teeth. Sugar also dries your mouth out and makes you thirstier, causing you to drink much larger sized beverages to satisfy your thirst.

Worst Drinks for Your Dental Health

Soft Drinks

The most obvious of the bad drinks for you. This is probably not new information to anyone. Soft drinks are bad for you for two reasons. One is the sugar, but the other is the acidity. Carbonated drinks like Coke and Pepsi use phosphoric acid in their ingredients (Mountain Dew and Sprite use citric acid). The acid breaks down the enamel in our teeth. The enamel is the outer protective layer of our teeth and it also gives us an attractive, shiny smile.

Sports Drinks 

These drinks include Gatorade, flavored water, as well as others. These drinks are not acidic like soda but these come with a double does of sugar. Most of these drinks are great for their intended purpose…recovery from activity. These drinks are

Sports Drinks Marielaina Perrone DDS

Change Drinking Habits for Better Dental Health

generally not used for their intended purpose of severe re hydration, they are consumed as a regular beverage. Over time, when too often consumed, they can easily stain your teeth and cause tooth decay.

Fruit and Energy Drinks

Fruit drinks, and beverages like red bull, also pose a threat to your pearly whites. These drinks are also damaging to your teeth and need to be used in moderation as well. Fruit drinks like Hawaiian Punch and Sunny Delight are nearly as acidic as Coca-Cola. Combine the acid levels with the sugars already in the ingredients and you have a recipe for catastrophe.

How to Minimize the Damage from These Beverages

-Brushing. Tooth brushing after every meal is the best way to decrease the chance of developing tooth cavities.

-Rinsing. Swish your mouth out with water after drinking these beverages can help decrease the amount of acid contacting the teeth.

-Chew Gum. Chewing sugar-free gum or xylitol gum will also help minimize the damage caused by these drinks by increasing saliva production.

-Drink at Mealtime. Drink sugary and acidic beverages with meals, and never before bedtime unless you plan to brush your teeth before heading to bed.

-Use a straw. This also helps decrease contact of these sugars and acids with the teeth.

-Other drinks that contribute to tooth decay (sugary, acidic, or both): dairy milk, soy milk, energy drinks, protein shakes, wine, beer, tea, coffee, smoothies, all fruit juices, some bottled waters.

Conclusion

Yes, we are what we eat! Be smart about what you choose for yourself and for your family. Many health issues can be circumvented by choosing healthier options and using your educated judgement to make the best choices. Use sweet drinks in moderation, and take care of your dental hygiene in between drinks. As always visit your dentist regularly for dental examinations and professional cleanings for better dental health.