10 Funny Facts about your Teeth

by Nick Seth July 17, 2015

We’re well aware of why we have teeth- so that we can eat of course! Teeth are another one of those things about our body we take for granted; only there to help us chew and to make sure our words don’t come out a garbled mess. But they are in fact, pretty cool. Take a look at some of these facts:

  1. U.S consumers buy 14 million gallons of toothpaste each year.
  2. Teeth start to form before one is even born- milk teeth are formed in the womb, but only start to come out when the baby is 6-12 months old.
  3. Your teeth are completely unique- no else has a set like yours! Be sure to take care of those pearly whites and remember to floss regularly.
  4. Think your teeth aren’t worth anything? Think again! In 1816 one of Sir Isaac Newton’s teeth sold for $35,700. Pretty crazy right? But then again . . . not all of us discovered the concept of gravity and revolutionized physics.
  5. What’s the first thing you notice about a person? 50% of Americans say it’s the smile! (source: http://www.perio.org/) Make sure they’re not yellow- go for teeth whitening strips!
  6. Enamel (the stuff that covers the pulpy, squishy stuff inside your tooth) is the hardest substance in the human body.
  7. Red wine contains a chemical that keeps bacteria from sticking to your teeth! Not that anybody needs an excuse to indulge in a glass of your favourite wine-but now you have one.
  8. Tooth decay is the second most common disease after the common cold. Make sure to take good care of your teeth- prevent yellowing and cavities!
  9. Scientists at Tufts and Princeton have been using teeth tattoos (yes you read that correctly) to determine the kind of bacteria in your mouth. Imprinted on silk, the tattoos contain graphene which monitors the mouth for bacteria.
  10. There are a lot of things animals have which we don’t and which we might envy- wings for example. Who wouldn’t like to fly? Claws maybe, for the more vicious amongst us. But teeth? Well turns out, you can envy shark’s teeth because they don’t get cavities! According to research published in http://phys.org/news/2012-07-shark-teeth-natural-fluoride.html, shark’s teeth are coated in fluoride which prevents bacteria build-up and associated teeth problems. 

So don’t take your teeth for granted- they’re pretty amazing! And also (if you have permanent teeth) they won’t grow back on their own. So really, keep those teeth white and clean!

Sources:

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/08/why-sharks-dont-get-cavities/278379/

http://www.toptenz.net/10-incredibly-weird-facts-human-teeth.php

http://www.childrensdentalvillage.net/patient/resources/interesting-facts/

http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/weird-way-red-wine-fights-cavities

 




Nick Seth
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