Dental history and trivia is quite intriguing. There are plenty of myths around that we blindly believe and follow. Here are some interesting facts that most people do not know about dentistry. Enjoy !!!
Animal Dental Facts
Dogs have 42 teeth.
Cats have 30 teeth.
Pigs have 44 teeth.
An armadillo has 104 teeth.
A snail’s mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but it can have over 25,000 teeth.
An Elephant grinds down its molars and grows new ones. This happens six times in its lifetime.
An elephant’s molar teeth are about 7 inches square.
The Blue Whale is the largest mammal on earth, but it eats only tiny shrimp because it does not have any teeth.
The Crocodile Bird flies into the open mouth of a crocodile and cleans it’s teeth for it.
The teeth of the Pocket Gopher grow up to 15 inches a year. By continually gnawing, they wear their teeth down and they stay the same size.
Rats, mice and hamster’s are among others animals that have teeth that grow continually. If you have one as a pet, it must have wood to gnaw on to shorten its teeth, or it can die.
A Dolphin only gets one set of teeth to last a lifetime.
Dental Facts By The Numbers
18 yards – the amount of floss bought each year per person.
10 to 12 – the number of teaspoons of sugar in an average 12 oz. soda.
122 yards- the amount of floss that should be bought each year.
$2.025 billion – the amount spent on Hallowen candy in 2011.
$1.8 billion – annual amount spent on toothpaste.
$775 million – annual amount spent on toothbrushes.
79% – of Americans have at least one cavity by age 17.
85% – of Americans have some type of periodontal disease.
3 sodas – the number of sodas that increase tooth decay by 62%.
45-65 seconds – the amount of time most people brush a day.
2 – 3 minutes – the recommended amount of brushing time.
$50 billion – the amount spent on dental care.
$100 billion – the amount spent on hair care.
$300 billion – the amount spent on lottery tickets.
300 – the number different species of bacteria make up dental plaque.
1,611,000 – the number of school days missed in 1996 due to dental problems.
600 – the number of cans of soda consumed yearly by the average American.
Historical Dental Facts
In 1866 Lucy Beaman Hobbs became the first licensed female dentist.
In 1986, the winner of the National Spelling Bee won by spelling ODONTALGIA (which means toothache).
The average amount of money left by the Tooth Fairy in 1950 was 25 cents. In 2011 it was $2.00.
The earliest dentist known by name is Hesi-Re. He lived in Egypt over 5000 years ago..
In Egypy, mummies have been found with tooth fillings of resin and malachite. Loose teeth were held together with gold wire.
The first toothbrushes were tree twigs. Chewing on the tips of the twigs spread out the fibers, which were then used to clean the teeth.
Ancient Greeks used pumice, talc, alabaster, coral powder or iron rust as toothpaste.
George Washington never had wooden teeth. His dentures were made from Gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory and human teeth.
Blacksmiths also served as dentists in early America.
In 201 AD the Romans were dental experts – using gold crowns and fixed bridgework, and a paste made of ground eggshell and honey to clean the teeth.
In 1905 dental assistant Irene Newman was trained to clean teeth. She became the first Dental Hygienist.