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Fun Facts About Teeth!


We brush them, floss them, smile with them, chew, crunch, and munch with them. There’s even a fairy for them. Our teeth are an essential part of our daily lives, and yet there’s a lot that we don’t know about them. So we’ve compiled a list of facts about teeth. How many do you know?

If you're right handed, you will chew your food on your right side. If you're left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.

An average American spends 38.5 total days brushing teeth over a lifetime.

If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth surfaces. Make sure you brush and floss twice a day!

73% of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss.

More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque.

Teeth are made out of calcium, mineral salts and phosphorus.

While The Academy of General Dentistry recommends that the average person brush for 2-3 minutes, most people only brush for 45 to 70 seconds a day.

The second most common disease in the United States is tooth decay. The first is the common cold.

The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough saliva to fill 2 swimming pools!

An Elephant's tooth can weigh over 6 pounds and measures one foot across.

The average person spends 38 days brushing their teeth during their lifetime.

One third of your teeth are underneath your gums.

Giraffes only have bottom teeth.

Just like fingerprints, tooth prints are unique to each individual.

A snail's mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but it can have over 25,000 teeth!

We buy 14 million gallons of toothpaste every year.

More than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental related illness in children.

Do you want to know more about the health of your teeth? Call or click to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Struble at 541-848-6642.

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