As human beings, we all know we have teeth and recognize their importance in our daily lives. But how much do we really know about these incredibly complex and fascinating parts of our anatomy? In this blog post, we’ll explore 15 things you didn’t know about teeth, brought to you by the Premier Dental Group. As leaders in the dental field, we know teeth better than anyone else, and we’re excited to share some mind-blowing facts with you.
1. Did you know the enamel on your teeth is the hardest material in your entire body? It’s even harder than your bones!
2. The average human spends approximately a total of 38.5 days brushing their teeth over the course of their lifetime, according to the Premier Dental Group’s research.
3. Speaking of brushing your teeth, it’s recommended that you do so for two minutes each time. If you brush any less, you might miss cleaning tiny crevices that can lead to larger issues later down the line.
4. Ever wonder why your teeth sometimes feel sensitive or tingly? It could be because you’re consuming too much acidic food or drink
5. While we eventually lose our baby teeth, our adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime (given proper care).
6. Some people have more than the usual 32 teeth. Often, these extra teeth are referred to as ‘supernumerary’ teeth.
7. Up to 30% of the population is genetically predisposed to having teeth that come in crooked or crowded.
8. Teeth have 4 different types of tissue: enamel, dentin, cementum, and pulp.
9. Teeth can be used to determine a person’s age, gender, and even what their diet was like many years ago.
10. The average person produces approximately 25,000 quarts of saliva during their lifetime. Saliva not only keeps your mouth moist, but it also prevents tooth decay and fights bacteria.
11. Your teeth are held in place by periodontal ligaments, which are made up of a complex web of fibers.
12. Teeth are considered dead once they’ve fully grown past the gum line.
13. While some people may think it’s fun to open bottles or gnaw on things with their teeth, doing so can cause serious damage or even breakages.
14. Tooth decay is considered to be the most common chronic disease in children.
15. Finally, the ‘wisdom teeth’ that many people get removed as teenagers are vestigial third molars. They used to serve a purpose in our ancestors’ diets, but as our diets have evolved, they’ve become less and less necessary.
From the structure of our teeth to how we should care for them, there is so much information to know about this crucial part of the human body. If you’re in need of a dental visit, The Premier Dental Group is here to help. We hope that these 15 facts have been enlightening and have given you a greater appreciation for your teeth. Remember, taking proper care of your teeth is key to a healthy and happy life.