10 Fun Facts About Teeth

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Healthy teeth and gums are really important to minimise decay and to stay on top of oral health.
Without this, you could lead to many problems such as tooth loss and gum disease.
Some of us however may not know all the secrets behind teeth – that is why today at River Practice we are revealing ten fun facts about your mouth!

You may be surprised to know that enamel is actually the hardest substance in your entire body.

Enamel is the outer layer of your tooth made up of minerals and hydroxyapatite. It is the only visible part of the tooth, which covers the crown – acting as a barrier to protect the tooth from any damage.
Enamel prevents any damage from the regular daily uses of the mouth such as biting, grinding and chewing.
If your enamel is damaged, unfortunately it cannot be restored. Your tooth enamel can be eroded in a number of ways including consuming sugary food and drink such as soda, orange juice and chocolate. This works away at the enamel, and softens the surface leading to damage.
Regular visits to your dentist for check ups, cleaning and polishing can work towards removing surface stains and keep your teeth healthy for the long term.

Accessorised teeth is nothing new

Did you think that gold teeth were a modern phenomenon? This fashion accessory has existed for centuries. Mayans used to drill small holes in their teeth and fill them with gemstones! Gold teeth were also used as a sign of wealth throughout the ages.
Today rappers are best known to flaunt accessories in the mouth. This includes gold teeth and grills, which can be spotted in many music videos.

Toothbrushes are not clean!

We use our toothbrushes twice a day and this is important to maintain good oral hygiene.
A sign your toothbrush is in need of renewing, the bristles may appear frayed. Otherwise, change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.
Your toothbrush is used to remove plaque and bacteria, therefore it is probable your toothbrush is covered in this bacteria.
We can do a number of things to reduce the amount of bacteria that makes it onto the brush.
This includes not sharing your toothbrush with anyone else, rinsing your toothbrush thoroughly and not keeping it in a closed container.

People used twigs as toothbrushes…

Toothbrushes and toothpaste are not new either…
The Egyptians were known to use a frayed twig to tackle their plaque and as time progressed, horsehair and feathers were also used to act as the bristles on a brush.
Would you be happy to use toothpaste that contained ox hoof? Neither would we.
But this is what people were believed to have used back then to keep their teeth squeaky clean. Ox hooves’ ashes, burnt eggshells and pumice were all ingredients which were used to create a paste. Tasty. Other ingredients included crushed bones, charcoal and even chalk.
The most enhanced toothpastes to date are those containing teeth whitening properties. Also, toothpaste containing Triclosan acts to protect your mouth against trouble such as gum disease and bad breath.
Toothpaste today also contains colouring, flavouring and fluoride.
Overall a very successful invention!

Your tongue and teeth are completely unique, just like a fingerprint

Why do you think your dental records are so important? The patterns and texture of your fingerprint and tongue are unique to you. Identical twins don’t even have identical fingerprints!

Tooth worms are a myth

Dentists used to believe that tooth worms were the real deal. They were very wrong because what they were actually seeing were the tooth nerves…
Pain of the tooth was thought to be this little worms causing trouble and in ancient times there was no other explanation.
It was believed that the tooth worm made a hole through the teeth and would remain beneath the tooth.
Herbal remedies were used as well as teeth extractions. Today, we know that plaque bacteria are the reason for this, eroding the enamel and causing tooth decay.
That is why it’s so important to visit your dentist!

Plaque is not your friend

Dental plaque is the horrible build up you find on your teeth, this is usually noticeable if you have eaten something very sugary.
It’s a bacteria that grows on the surfaces of your teeth and gums. It begins colourless and when it turns into tartar, it will turn into a pale yellow colour.
This build up of plaque can lead to a number of problems such as cavities and gum disease. This is why it is so important to remove the plaque on a daily basis. You can do this by brushing your teeth twice a day and also flossing.

Saliva is your best friend

Saliva is the best for your teeth. It is produced through the glands in your mouth, containing mainly water it helps to digest food and keep your teeth healthy.
Not only does it make your mouth comfortable by being moist, it also tackles bacteria in your mouth and prevents that awful bad breath we all fear. Not only this, the proteins and minerals found in saliva also combats tooth decay by protecting your tooth enamel.

If your tooth is knocked out – put it in milk!

If you are injured and your tooth is knocked out, this is a dental emergency and you must see a dentist as soon as possible.
Firstly you must pick up the tooth by the crown, rinse with clean water and put it back in position within your mouth.
If that’s not possible, put it in a glass of milk and seek your dentist immediately. Your tooth may be inserted back into your mouth straight away, however the later you leave this, the less likely your body will accept the tooth.

You spend a whole day each year brushing your teeth!

This is if you brush your teeth the recommended two times a day and for two minutes each time.
Do you have any more questions?
Contact River Practice today for more advice and guidance for healthy, happy teeth.