Fun Dental Facts


  • A sore jaw combined with chest pain can be a sign of an oncoming heart attack in women.
  • Right-handed patients will naturally chew food on the right side of their mouth, while left-handed patients chew on their left side.
  • Flossing helps clean 40% of the tooth surfaces that are missed by brushing alone.
  • Dental plaque is made up of approximately 300 different types of bacteria.
  • The teeth are as unique as fingerprints, as are tongue prints.
  • 50% of Americans state that the smile is the first thing they notice about someone they meet.
  • According to the Academy of General Dentistry, the average person fails to brush their teeth as long as necessary. Most brush for a minute or less, while the recommended time to brush is between two and three minutes.
  • Enamel on the tooth is the hardest natural substance in the body.
  • A woman smiles approximately 62 times a day, while a typical man only smiles 8 times!
  • By the age of 17, 78% of children will have developed at least one cavity.
  • Consuming three or more sodas on a daily basis can increase one’s risk of dental decay by 62%.
  • Cheese is a healthy source of phosphorous and calcium that can remineralize tooth enamel and reduce the development of plaque.
  • Over the course of one’s lifetime, the average American spends a total of 38.5 days brushing their teeth.
  • Tooth loss in patients over the age of 35 is often contributed by periodontal disease.
  • Gum disease increases the risk of developing certain medical conditions such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, and higher risks of strokes. Pregnant patients may also experience pre-term birth.
  • The common cold is the most common disease in American’s, while tooth decay is a close second.
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