The biggest reason we write and publish so many blogs is to keep you updated on developments in dental health and to give you the tools to maintain a healthy and beautiful mouth.
We spent some time today collecting some of our favorite dental trivia facts. We hope you can use this list to improve your dental — or during a friendly game of Trivial Pursuit.
1.) Enamel is the hardest substance in the human. It’s harder than even your bone, but what’s interesting is that it can still break or erode. Your enamel is the outer layer of the tooth that protects the dentin and nerves inside the tooth. It’s the first line of defense against harmful acids and bacteria. But it can erode when exposed to harmful acids and bacteria. It can also break easily. The best way to protect your enamel is by brushing your teeth twice a day and maintaining regular dental appointments. We polish the teeth during your visits to make it more difficult for harmful acids and plaque to stick to the surface of the tooth.
2.) Sharks don’t get cavities. This is a random fact, sure, but there is a reason we’re telling you about it. Sharks have multiple rows of teeth and lose several teeth throughout their lives. But they do not get cavities because their teeth are coated with fluoride. Fluoride is one of dentist’s best tools in fighting off tooth decay, but sharks have it built into their teeth.
3.) Dental floss was used in a jail break. No, this wasn’t an overly health conscious criminal; he was just crafty. A West Virginia inmate escaped from a prison in 1994 using a rope he made from dental floss. After he was caught, the inmate claimed to have tried the escape two days earlier, but to no avail. Dental floss is a great tool, but we recommend that you use its power for good, like flossing your teeth. Flossing your teeth greatly reduces your risk of gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
4.) About 75 percent of Americans will suffer from gum disease. You learned earlier that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, but gum disease is also extremely common. The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is curable, but many patients with gum disease will deal with it for the rest of their lives. When gum disease is not treated, it can erode the gums and bone, causing the tooth to become loose and fail.
5.) Tooth decay is the number one chronic disease in children. It’s true that children suffer from cavities more than any other disease. But that’s not the only statistic you need to know about children’s oral health. About 25 percent of children who are kindergarten-age have never seen a dentist. We recommend that parents bring their children to our office when the child is 2, or when the first tooth appears. We start with gentle exams, and then once the teeth are more developed, we’ll begin gentle cleaning.
I hope you can tie these dental facts into your trivia tool bag. Later this week, we’ll have more dental trivia for you. As you probably already figured out, each of these dental facts to tied to a different element of your oral health. If you’re ready to take the next step to improving your dental health, call our office today at 503-917-0523.
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