If you are a dentist, teeth are a serious business. However, there are times when you may want to share some of the fun facts about teeth.
Fun Dental Facts
- Today we have access to a multitude of dental products to help us maintain great dental health. But before modern dentistry, individuals cleaned their teeth using twigs, crushed egg shells, and ground animal hooves to clean and polish their teeth.
- Dental enamel is the hardest structure in the human body, but it is not invincible. It can be worn away with improper brushing tools and technique or damaged due to teeth grinding. Consuming sugary foods and beverages can leave teeth unprotected if there is a breach in dental enamel.
- Dental decay is the second most experienced disease. Number one is the common cold. This should trigger just how important it is to manage our oral health.
- Teeth actually begin forming in the womb. Baby teeth are present at birth in gum tissue just waiting for the right time to erupt beginning at three to six months of age. Once baby teeth are lost, permanent teeth come in. We only get these two sets of teeth and no two sets are alike. Our teeth are as unique as fingerprints.
The Serious Side of Dental Care
Our teeth are important for speaking clearly, chewing our food, and smiling with self-confidence. Caring for our adult teeth is no joking matter. Things you can do to promote great oral health include:
Diet: Drink water; soda or sugary flavored drinks should be saved for special occasions. The major food groups that we should consume daily include fruits, vegetables, dairy, healthy grains, and proteins.
Lifestyle: Do not use tobacco products in any form. This includes e-cigarettes and vaping products. Do not use illicit drugs and limit alcohol consumption.
Brush and Floss Daily: Brush twice daily for a minimum of two minutes each time using a fluoridated toothpaste. Floss every day to remove what your toothbrush missed.
Visit our team at Bliss Dental at least twice a year for a cleaning and exam. Not only will teeth look their best, but regular visits allow your dentist to spot problems before they have a chance to escalate. Call our dental office today to schedule your next appointment.