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The human body can be weird… Especially your teeth. We spend so much time looking after the dental care of our patients, sometimes we need to step back and marvel at the wonderful strangeness of our workplace: the human mouth.

But what makes dental care so oddly fascinating? And why should you find it so interesting? Let us creak open the mouth and reveal some fun facts about human teeth and the odd truths, dental facts and tips that lie within…

Did You Know?

  • Did you know that back in the times of the caveman, early humans didn’t suffer from tooth decay? This could be for two main reasons: one, there was no sugar in their diet; and two, they probably had their teeth knocked out with a club.
  • Did you know the first toothbrushes were tree twigs? Kissing a caveman would’ve given you splinters (and other gross things).
  • Did you know the first dentist lived in Egypt over 5,000 years ago? His name was Hesi-Re, and he also had a receptionist called Pam.
  • Did you know tooth enamel is the hardest part of the human body? 
  • With this in mind, did you know that teeth, unlike bones or other parts of the body, cannot repair itself? So don’t go brushing your teeth with twigs now.
  • Did you know there is a type of bird called the Crocodile Bird that flies into the open mouth of a crocodile and cleans the crocodile’s teeth? We do not recommend you use a Crocodile Bird to clean your own teeth.
  • Did you know the Guinness World Record for continuously brushing teeth is 45 minutes and 13 seconds, and was set by a man called Michael M? 
  • Did you know the record for the most people brushing their teeth at one time is 16,414 people, set at a public school in Delhi, India? What record will you break with your teeth?
  • Did you know teeth contain stem cells? This now means scientists are able to regrow your own teeth. Imagine that! One day you may be able to have hundreds of your own teeth in your mouth. That will make for one toothy grin!
  • Speaking of grinning, did you know that children laugh about 400 times a day whilst adults laugh about 15 times a day? That means adults are 20x less funny.
  • Did you know snails have over 25,000 teeth? That would make for one weird (and slimy) mouthguard.
  • Did you know the average money left by the tooth fairy in 1950 was 50 cents? Today it is closer to $5. 
  • Did you know the most expensive tooth in the world was bought for $37,000 and once belonged to the musician, John Lennon? That’s one generous tooth fairy!
  • Did you know that blue whales have no teeth at all? That’s why they don’t floss.
  • Did you know tongues, like fingerprints, have their own unique pattern? So if you’re suspected of licking someone else’s ice cream, you may be tongue-printed by police.
  • Did you know there are over 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque? You could say they’re having a plaque party in your mouth and every bacterium is invited!
  • Did you know giraffe only have lower teeth? Talk about an underbite!

Conclusion

The human mouth is a fun and weird place. Better take good care then to look after it so we can continue to keep those fun dental facts coming.

Contact

If you require a professional and experienced dentist in Perth, or a dentist in Duncraig, or would like to know more about booking a dental appointment for you or your family, please visit us at our Duncraig dental practice, visit our website at dvdental.com.au to book online or call our practice on 9246 9911. 

We take great pride in providing our patients with the most welcoming and professional dental care.