Monday, 26 September 2011

Interesting dental facts!

Did You Know...

The major causes of tooth loss in people under the age of 35 are sports, accidents and fights.

George Washington's dentures were made from walrus, hippopotamus, and cow's teeth, as well as elephant tusks.

In 200 AD, the Romans used a mixture of bones, eggshells, oyster shells and honey to clean their teeth.

The second most common disease in the United States is tooth decay. The first is the common cold.

How much is the Tooth Fairy paying per tooth? Around $2 per tooth, according to Securian Dental Plans, an insurance provider.

An average American spends 38.5 total days brushing teeth over a lifetime.

Commercial floss was first manufactured in 1882, but Egyptians invented the first toothpaste 5000 years ago.

American sweet tooth: Americans spent $21 billion on candy in 2001. That's more than the gross national products of Lituania, Costa Rica and Mozambique combined!

Egyptians were among the first dentists. Some mummies have teeth filled with a kind of resin and malachite. In other mummies, gold wire has been used to bind loose teeth.

The greater the amount of time food remains in the mouth, the greater the chance for decay.

The sequence that foods are eaten can determine the risk for cavities. If you eat sugary foods after meals, you decrease the chance for cavities, as opposed to eating sugary foods alone.

In the United States, close to 3 million miles of dental floss was purchased in 1996 by dental consumers - enough to circle the earth nearly 120 times!

During the middle ages, people went to barbers for tooth extractions. These practitioners were called barber-surgeons and were marked by the iconic red and white striped barber poles that are still used today.

Anesthesia was invented by a dentist - Dr. Wells from Hartford, CT. A monument dedicated to his contribution is located in Bushnell Park in Hartford.

The above fun facts are from:

Dental Care Bellevue WA
Smiles of Bellevue

Tel: 425-455-2424
1418 112th Avenue NE, Suite 200
BellevueWA 98004

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