What follows is a collection of tooth
and other dental facts which I found interesting and wanted to
share with you. There are facts presented
concerning both human and animal teeth.
1. Members of the
rodent family (for example, rats, mice, and chinchillas) have
teeth which grow continually throughout their lives. It is
therefore important for such rodents to gnaw often on hard
objects such as wood or mineral blocks in order to wear down
their teeth and avoid dental problems.
2. While many types of mammals grow
multiple sets of teeth during their lifetimes, dolphins only
grow one set of teeth throughout their entire lives.
3. Although a snail's
mouth is approximately the size of the head of a pin, it can
have over 25,000 tiny teeth.
4. Tooth decay is
increased by approximately 62% if a person drinks three cans
of soda each day.
5. It is stated on the
Valley Dental Group website that, "The Elephant grinds down
its molars and grows new ones. This happens six times in its
6. It is highly
recommended that your toothbrush be stored more than six feet
away from your toilet in order to avoid contamination of the
toothbrush by "...airborne particles resulting from the
7. According to an
article on StarSmilez.com, "Tooth decay remains
the most common chronic disease among children ages 5-17 with
8. "75 percent of the
U.S. population has some form of periodontal gum disease"
according to a StarSmilez.com article.
9. Commercial floss was
first manufactured in 1882 and was made of silk.
10. "The most valuable
tooth belonged to Sir Isaac Newton. In 1816 one of his
teeth was sold in London for $3,633.00 or in today’s terms
$35,700.00 The tooth was set in a ring. (Source:
Guinness World Records 2002)" according to a collection of
facts constructed by StarSmilez.com.