Earlier this week, we posted a blog about amazing — and even somewhat — weird dental facts. These are great facts to keep in your trivia bin, but you can also use them to improve your oral health. Today, we have another five fun dental facts for you.
You’ll learn about this country’s first dental forensic examiner (Hint: He also has something to do with the founding of our country) and how wearing a mouthguard can protect your teeth during sporting activities.
1. Time is ticking when a tooth is knocked out. Not only is a knocked out tooth a traumatic and possibly painful experience, but a tooth begins to die just 15 minutes after it’s knocked out. That’s why it’s important to have a plan in place for dental emergencies. The quicker you act, the better your chances are of saving the tooth. If the tooth is knocked out, pick it up by the crown — never the root. It’s best to place the tooth under the tongue because the mouth is its natural environment. You can also place the tooth in water or milk. Then, get yourself to our office as soon as possible.
2. The Romans used gold to restore teeth. Even some of the earliest civilizations understood the importance of restoring teeth, despite not having access to modern tools. Archeologists have found evidence of gold fillings and gold crowns from the Etruscan civilization. While gold is less common in modern dentistry, it’s extremely strong and durable. Sounds like the Romans were on to something!
3. An alligator’s bite force is 3,700 pounds per square inch. The average person’s bite force is about 30 to 40 pounds per square inch. Denture wearers have a a biting force of just 15 pounds per square inch. Without your natural teeth, it’s difficult to eat the food you love or to get the nutrition you need. Bad nutrition can lead to a number of serious health problems and lower life expectancy. Think about these facts when you don’t want to brush your teeth or floss. You may be risking more than your teeth!
4. Blacksmiths and barbers often doubled as dentists. Back in colonial times, the town blacksmith or barber would often moonlight as the town dentist. Yikes! In those days, tooth loss was extremely common, and blacksmiths and barbers had the tools to remove teeth. Paul Revere, a silversmith by trade who alerted the colonies that the “British are coming,” studied with a dental surgeon and crafted false teeth. He later became the first known American forensic dentist when he identified the remains of a soldier based on dental records.
5. You’re 60 times more likely to damage your teeth while playing sports when you DO NOT wear a mouthguard. The rate of oral-facial injuries dramatically decreased once sports like football and hockey began mandating mouthguards. But you still need to wear the mouthguard! There are several mouthguards available to you. We’ve found that custom mouthguards, which we can craft in our office, effectively protect the teeth and do not obstruct the airway like some boil-and-bite mouthguards.
Some of these above facts are a little jarring, but understand that we offer modern and gentle techniques for patients of all ages. We can provide state-of-the-art dental restorations, and we even create custom mouthguard for youngsters in sports and all of our adult weekend warriors. We can even restore your missing teeth.
If you have questions about your teeth or need to schedule a dental visit, call the office today at 503-917-0523.
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