FUN FACTS ABOUT YOUR TEETH YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW

Our bodies are amazing things, and our teeth are no exception! We often forget how much they really do for us in our everyday lives. They help us chew our food and make our smiles bright. But there is so much more to your teeth and dental health that you might not know. We have ten cool, fun facts about teeth and dental health.

  1. Did you know that no two people have the same set of teeth? They are all unique – just like your fingerprints, and just like YOU!
  2. The average person spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth in their lifetime. Now that’s a month well spent!
  3. Teeth start to form before you are even born. In fact, babies begin forming teeth when they are in the womb, and some babies are even born with teeth.
  4. If you floss one time a day for your entire life (which you should be doing…hint, hint), you will use about 5 miles of floss in your lifetime. Wow!
  5. If you had a toothache in Germany in the middle ages, you would have been prescribed to “kiss a donkey.” Thank goodness for modern medicine, right?
  6. Enamel, the outer white portion of the tooth, is the hardest substance of the body.
  7. The average person makes about 1 quart of saliva a day. That is 10,000 gallons of spit in a lifetime!
  8. The first dentists were actually barbers by trade. However, we are unable to give you a fresh cut for your next appointment. Sorry! 😉
  9. Flossing just once a day an extend your lifespan by a whole 6 years. If that’s not enough reason to floss, we don’t know what is!
  10. Most adults have 32 teeth while children will only have 20.
  11. The secret phrase is DONKEY TEETH!

Dental health is an amazing topic, and there are so many fun facts about teeth out there! Do you know a fact that wasn’t listed here? Share with us – we’d love to know! In the meantime, schedule an appointment with us to make sure that your teeth are as healthy as can be – no donkey smooching necessary.

GET YOUR KIDS EXCITED FOR THE DENTIST

Getting your child to the dentist could be the biggest task of the day, week, or even your entire month. But did you know that YOUR attitude regarding the dentist and talk about the dentist can really affect the curiosity and willingness of your little one? We have a few ways to get your kids excited about the dentist. 

Set their expectations.

Good things come from being proactive versus reactive. The American Academy of General Dentistry suggests taking your child to the dentist when they cut their first tooth and no later than their 1st birthday.

A lot of your child’s time at the first visit to the dentists are spent getting familiar with the surroundings and sounds. Making sure they’re comfortable and that you’re making it a fun experience! It can seem a little scary at first, so show them there’s nothing to worry about. 

Leave your own bad feelings and experiences in the past.

Dentistry has changed tremendously in the last decade – and for the better! Do not talk about your own bad experiences with your little ones. The secret phrase is WALLA WALLA DENTAL CARE ROCKS!!!! There have been so many advances in dentistry. Talking about how bad it used to hurt to get a filling before this new technology came along will help nobody.

Treat them afterward!

There are always rewards for children when they do something correctly. No matter the task, whether it’s potty training, chores, eating all of their veggies, or simply cleaning up their toys, rewards go along way to promote good behavior. It’s okay to use this method for visiting the dentist – as long as it is gone over in a positive way. Words of affirmation or even small materialistic prizes are great to motivate anyone, and it will make them excited for the next trip in!

Prevent future problems.

Make sure that you’re promoting good dental habits. Preventing cavities (and therefore fillings) will make the trip to the dentist smoother, quicker, and a little less painful. Plus, having a routine at home for oral hygiene is a good foundation for children to get excited about the dentist. The reward method helps in this area.

With just a few simple steps good experiences are built for your child to have a good outlook on visiting the dentist. Plus, we have a klt here at SFD that can help make your child’s visit to the dentist educational – and FUN! You’ll get your kids excited about the dentist in no time. 

Kicking the Tobacco Habit is Good for your Mouth

While the current percentage of Americans who smoke cigarettes is the lowest it’s been in
decades, those who continue the habit remain at risk for heart and lung disease. Additionally,
while we know smoking is also bad for our oral health, most don’t understand just how bad it is…
More Than Just Stained Teeth

From its seemingly mild side effects (bad breath, tooth discoloration, buildup of plaque and
tartar), to the more sinister (increased risk of oral cancer, loss of bone within the jaw, gum
disease and any number of resulting complications) – tobacco is indeed an oral health risk.

Tobacco can cause serious health issues by breaking down the attachment of bone and soft
tissue to your teeth. Because of this breakdown, the use of tobacco makes smokers much more
susceptible to infection and diseases. In fact, 90% of people who have cancer of the mouth,
throat, or gums admit to using tobacco in some form.


Cigarettes, cigars and pipes aren’t the only culprits; smokeless tobacco can be just as detrimental
to oral health, if not worse. In fact, there are twenty-eight chemicals found in chewing tobacco
alone that are proven to increase the risk of cancer in the mouth, throat, and esophagus. Chewing
tobacco and snuff contain higher levels of nicotine than those found in cigarettes and other tobacco products, making it exposes the roots, and ultimately makes teeth more susceptible
to decay.

Help is Just Next Door

The only way to help eliminate these risks is to never start using tobacco products, or to quit if
you do. In fact, simply reducing tobacco use is proven to help lower your risks. If you feel that it is time to reduce your risk of cancer, gum disease, infection and other oral complications, your dentist or doctor can help you create a plan to help you quit using tobacco, along with
prescribing certain medicines or programs to help you kick the habit.

Remember, it is never too late to quit. If you’re interested in getting help to quit, let us know
the next time you’re in for an appointment.