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5 Fun Facts About Your Teeth

We don’t often think about our teeth other than that they help us chew our food, allow us to speak, and should be brushed at least twice a day. However, there are many facts that you may be interested in learning about those 32 chompers that live inside your mouth.

Teeth Hold the History of Your Life

One of the most interesting facts about teeth is that they hold the story of your life. From periods of illness to age, our teeth hold the truth of who we are and how we’re living our lives.

All Teeth Are Unique

Your smile is your unique mark of individuality. No two smiles are exactly alike, and that makes everyone’s smile incredibly special. In fact, from the beginning with our baby teeth to our final permanent teeth, no two are alike in shape or size. 

Your Mouth Is Home to 300 Types of Bacteria

The plaque in your mouth contains roughly 200 to 300 different species of bacteria. The biggest reason poor dental health occurs is Streptococcus, which converts sugar into acids that eat away at your teeth.

Cleaning Your Mouth and Tongue May Save You From Illness

You may be saving yourself from certain illnesses by cleaning your tongue during your daily oral health routine. Potential diseases include heart disease, respiratory illness, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Periodontal Disease Causes Tooth Decay

To help prevent tooth decay, ensure that you have a proper oral health routine. By appropriately brushing and flossing, it can brush away the bacteria that live in the mouth, leading to gum disease or periodontal disease.

Additional Quick Facts

  • Without flossing, only 35% of your tooth’s surface is getting cleaned.
  • You can only see ⅓ of your tooth because the rest of it hides in your gums.
  • Tooth enamel is the hardest part of the entire body.
  • 78% of Americans have a cavity by 17 years old.
  • There are more bacteria in the mouth than there are people in the world.

Contact Dr. Pollock

Are you interested in learning other facts about your teeth? We’ve got you covered. If you’re in need of oral surgery or dental implants, please call Dr. Pollock at Rockwall Oral Surgery to make an appointment with us. You can reach us today at (469) 264-8921. You can also visit our contact page or reach us via email at info@dentalimplantsurgery.com.