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10 Fun Dental Facts For Kids

We know that it can be tough to get kids excited about cleaning their teeth. Here, our Sault Ste. Marie dentists offer 10 fun dental facts to help make oral hygiene more exciting for your kids.

1. Oral hygiene was performed in ancient civilizations.

While ancient oral hygiene methods and practices seem rudimentary compared to those we use today, people back then had definitely figured out that there is a connection between oral hygiene and strong, healthy teeth.

Ancient people tried many different methods to keep their teeth clean. Some would go so far as to chew tree bark or wooden sticks with frayed ends to clean their teeth. Ancient Egyptians brushed their teeth using a powder made from pulverized eggshells and ox hooves mixed with water.

2. We didn't get the toothbrush until the 1700s.

A man in England named William Addis attached boar bristles to a bone handle to create the first mass-produced toothbrush. In the 1930s, brushes with nylon bristles and ergonomic handles were developed. These products seem primitive compared to modern toothbrushes, but they were highly innovative at the time!

3. The Tooth Fairy has had to pay more per tooth along with inflation over the years.

Today, the Tooth Fairy needs a lot more silver than she did in 1900 when she left an average of twelve cents per tooth. In 1998, she left an average of one dollar. In 2013, the going rate for a tooth reached an average of $3.50. In 2018, it was not uncommon for kids to find a $5 bill under their pillows! How much do you get?

4. More than 3 million miles of floss are used each year in North America.

But we're still not flossing enough! Only 30% of North Americans report flossing once a day.

5. Each person produces more than 25,000 quarts of spit over their lifetime.

That's enough drool to fill two swimming pools! Gross.

6. We can learn about the past using fossilized teeth.

Teeth are the hardest part of any mammal, which means they are the part most often fossilized. The size, number, shape, and organization of the teeth are different in every species of mammal, making them very useful in the classification of organisms (taxonomy). Without teeth, the fossil record would be quite a lot harder for us to understand.

7. the majority of cavities in this world are found in the US.

On the other hand, in some countries (like China), people eat such small amounts of sugar that entire cities are completely cavity-free. 

8. If you wanted to refer to something as old you would say 'Long in the tooth'.

This expression originated with horses. As horses age, their gums recede, making it seem like their teeth are growing. The longer the teeth look, the older the horse.

9. Snails' mouths are actually terrifying thanks to their many, many teeth.

Snails and slugs eat with a jaw and a flexible band of thousands of microscopic teeth called a radula. The radula scrapes up, or rasps, food particles and the jaw cuts off larger pieces of food, like a leaf, to be rasped by the radula.

10. According to Louisiana law, you can be charged if you bite someone, with increased charges if you have dentures.

This is because simple assault is committed with your person, and aggravated assault is committed with a dangerous weapon (which dentures are, if you're using them for biting people).

If your kids would like to hear more interesting facts about their teeth or need a dental checkup contact us to request an appointment.

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