We dentists have a tendency to bombard our patients with information. Sometimes that happens during regular dental visits or on blog posts like this. I love giving my patients information that allows them maintain better oral health. A few days ago, I publish an article about some amazing dental facts that you need to know. I had you five facts then, and I have another five great dental facts for you today.
I hope you take these dental tips to heart. Here’s the rest of my list.
1. Most people believe teeth are your best cosmetic asset. Studies show that more than 80 percent of people believe the teeth factor more into your appearance than the eyes or hair. This is indisputable proof that the smile shapes the face and plays the biggest role in the first impression. Think about all the time some people spend on their hair every day. If we spent a few of those minutes on our teeth, we’d probably improve our oral health.
2. The tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body. Tooth enamel is harder than anything in your body — more than bone or muscle. Enamel is extremely durable and strong, but even tooth enamel can erode or become damaged over time. The reason why your enamel is so strong is because it protects the inner layers of the tooth — the dentin and pulp. We also use our teeth thousands of times every day to eat, drink, and speak. You have nerves and blood vessels inside your tooth. Patients with tooth pain often have dental decay that has reached the nerve. Healthy enamel can help keep your teeth functional and pain-free.
3. Archaeologists have found evidence of orthodontic treatment being used in ancient civilizations. It turns out that we humans have always looked for ways to change their smile. Researchers have found evidence that people in Roman and Egyptian societies used items like metal bands to straighten teeth or close gaps in teeth. Of course, we have changed the way we treat orthodontic issues, but it’s interesting that older civilizations looked for ways to repair their smile. Today, we have subtle and comfortable treatments to help you straighten teeth and get the smile you deserve. We can use traditional braces or even treatments like Invisalign, which gradually moves the teeth into a more appropriate position using clear, removable aligners.
4. The first toothbrushes were made from animal hair. Before toothbrushes were mass produced, they were made from different types of animal hair. Obviously, you need some strong hair, so people commonly used hair from badgers, boar, or even horses. It’s probably no surprise that these toothbrushes were fairly hard on gums and teeth. The first nylon toothbrushes were produced in the late 1930s. Since then, we’ve continued to adapt the toothbrush, making it more malleable in the mouth and also introducing electric models.
5. In the early 1900s, about 50 percent of adults in North America had no teeth. Not so long ago, it was common for people to lose all of their teeth. In fact, in many cultures, it was standard to present someone with dentures as a wedding gift — because losing teeth was expected. Today, losing teeth doesn’t have to be a fact of life. With prevention and state-of-the-art restorative treatments, there is no reason that you can’t keep your teeth from the rest of your life.
There you have it: 10 dental facts that you need know. I understand that some of these facts are unusual but you can still use these information to better your oral health. Call us today at 248-972-8720 if you want to schedule a consultation.