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The Wonderful World of Teeth

How well do you know the world of teeth? Take a look at these fun dental trivia and facts – there may be some that surprise you!  Visit Burns Family Dentistry for more information about our services (from dental cleanings to same day crowns to dentures – just to name a few- call us if you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment) or to see what our patients are saying about us 🙂  Hope you enjoy the fascinating world of dentistry as much as we do!

  • 90% of systemic diseases have oral manifestations.
  • Regular dental cleanings can help prevent heart attacks.
  • Tooth decay is the second most common disease in the U. S. after the common cold.
  • Not only is tooth decay the second most common and most widespread disease, but also it is the oldest. Skulls of pre-historic humans have been examined, and tooth decay was found.
  • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva (spit) in a lifetime. That is enough saliva to fill two regular-sized swimming pools. (Sorry we included this one!)
  • The Statue of Liberty’s mouth is three feet wide.
  • A sneeze flies out of your mouth at over 600 mph.
  • 100 years ago 50% of adults in North America were toothless.
  • Today, less than 10% of adults over age 65 have lost teeth.
  • If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 35% of your tooth surfaces.
  • Jaw muscles can contract with a force as great as 55 pounds of pressure on anterior incisors and 200 pounds of pressure on back molars.
  • In 1986, the winner of the National Spelling Bee won by spelling “odontalgia.” (What does it mean? Toothache!)
  • Paul Revere is the first American known to use dental forensics to identify the body of a colonial colonel, Dr. Joseph Warren, who was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill and buried in an unmarked grave with several other soldiers.  A year after the battle, the bodies were discovered, and the body was identified by the bridgework (a silver and ivory dental bridge made by Paul Revere).
  • Teeth are harder than bone and are the last part of the body to be broken down. Enamel is the hardest substance in the human body.
  • Every person has a set of teeth as unique as his/her fingerprints. Forensic dentistry is an integral part of most CSI departments.
  • According to legend, William the Conqueror used to secure his mail with sealing wax imprinted with his bitemark. His teeth were maligned which created a distinctive pattern which made it easy to determine the authenticity of his letters and documents.
  • James Dean, a 1950s heart throb, had no front teeth; he wore a bridge.
  • George Washington, the first president of the United States, was Dr. Greenwood’s most famous patient. President Washington had several sets of dentures made after he lost teeth. He suffered from toothaches all of his life, and his famous quick temper may have been result of this pain. By the time of his inauguration in 1790, Washington had only one tooth, his lower left bicuspid. A hole in his lower denture allowed this natural tooth to stick out. The dentures were made out of ivory, not wood.
  • Mick Jagger had an emerald chip put in the middle of his upper right incisor, but people thought it was spinach caught in his teeth. So, he changed it to a ruby until he tired of people thinking it was a drop of blood. He settled on a diamond.
  • Grant Wood’s classic painting American Gothic depicts a spinster and her stern, pitchfork-wielding farmer father. The model for the woman was Wood’s sister, Nan; and the model for the father was Wood’s dentist.
  • Paul Revere who was known for his famous midnight ride to warn that the British soldiers were approaching and for his work as a silversmith advertised his dental services in a Boston newspaper.
  • Doc Holiday helped Wyatt Earp win the OK Corral shoot out.
  • It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown.
  • Hopefully this made you smile!! Have a great day 🙂