Fun Facts about Dentistry

Visiting your Glendale dentist and talking about dentistry doesn’t always have to be boring! Check out these super fun and interesting facts below about everything dentistry.

Did you know?

  • Just like fingerprints, your tongue print and teeth are completely unique
  • The average American brushes around only 45 to 70 seconds a day, when all dentists recommend brushing for 2-3 minutes.
  • Close to 78% of Americans will have had at least one cavity by the time they reach the age of 17.
  • There are approximately 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar in a single can of soda.
  • Elephants are known for grinding their molars and growing new ones. This happens about six times in their lifetime!
  • The first form of commercial floss was released in 1882.

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  • Giraffes only have bottom teeth.
  • Children in the U.S. spend about half a million dollars on chewing gum every year.
  • The Blue Whale, known as the largest mammal on earth, has no teeth.
  • Crocodile birds clean crocodile teeth!
  • There are over 300 types of bacteria that exist in dental plaque.
  • A snail has a head no larger than the size of the head of a pin needle but has over 25,000 teeth!

Interesting facts about dentistry

  • Irene Newman was the first Dental Hygienist and was trained to clean teeth in 1905.
  • George Washington wore dentures that were originally made of gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory and human teeth.
  • The first licensed female dentist was Lucy Beaman Hobbs.
  • In 1950, the average amount of tooth fairy money left for a child was 25 cents. The average amount left for children today is about 5 dollars.
  • Ancient Greeks were the first known users of toothpaste and used a substance that was made of pumice, talc, alabaster, coral powder and iron rust.

Remember, you should always visit our dentist in Glendale regularly. Call us today to schedule your visit and let us know if you’ve discovered more interesting dental facts!

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