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Here are a few fun facts about teeth that I bet you didn’t know.
- According to the American Academy of Periodontology, 50% of respondents surveyed said that a smile is the first feature they notice about another person.
- U.S. consumers buy 14 million gallons of toothpaste each year!
- Most adults have 32 teeth. Though minuscule in size comparison, mosquitoes have about 47 teeth, and snails have about 25 teeth . . . on their tongues.
- Your tooth enamel is the hardest part of your entire body.
- Teeth start to form even before birth. Milk teeth, or baby teeth, start to form when a baby is in the womb, but teeth don’t begin to show until a child is between six and twelve months old.
- Humans have two sets of teeth during their lifetime, while sharks have around 40 sets of teeth.
- Your mouth produces over 25,000 quarts of saliva throughout your life. That’s enough to fill two swimming pools! Saliva protects your teeth from bacteria in your mouth.
- The average person spends 38 days brushing their teeth during their lifetime.
- One third of your teeth are underneath your gums.
- Modern toothpaste has only been available for the past hundred years. Before this invention, humans used charcoal or ground chalk, ashes, lemon juice, and honey-tobacco mixtures to clean their teeth!