Halloween is the time when people buy the most candy

For your oral health, Halloween is more of a trick rather than a treat! The 10-week period around this holiday contributes to as much as 14% of annual sales of sweets in the U.S. Next profitable events for candy companies are Christmas and Easter.

Teeth scared by Halloween candies

The Crocodile Bird cleans the crocodile's teeth

Its real name is the Egyptian Plover and it eats leftover food particles and parasites. This is an example of symbiosis, a relation between two animals that is beneficial to both. You could say that the crocodile bird is a sort of a private dentist in the reptile kingdom!

Crocodile bird cleans crocodile teeth

75% of Americans store their toothbrush too close to the toilet

Toilet water can disperse as far as 6’ into the air when you flush. Meanwhile, as many as 3 out of every 4 Americans store their toothbrush closer to the loo. What’s more, 52% don’t close the lid when flushing. Due to that, your toothbrush is likely to have fecal matter on the bristles! This could cause the spread of infectious diseases.

Toothbrushes attacked by bacteria

In North America, people purchase over 3 million miles of dental floss every year

Dentists’ campaign for regular flossing is finally starting to pay off. North Americans are buying enough floss every year, that it could reach the moon and back 6 times! If you wanted to drive the distance at around 50 miles per hour, it would take you almost 7 years of constant driving.

Spacecraft with dental floss

Spinach can minimize tooth sensitivity

When spinach breaks down in your mouth it merges with saliva to make calcium oxalate crystals. Those are commonly used in dental treatments, allegedly minimizing sensitivity by targeting dentin. A similar compound is found in common desensitizing toothpastes.

A tooth in therapy at spinach-psychologist office

Tooth enamel is the hardest biological material

Even though it is very thin, enamel is the hardest natural substance. In fact, enamel is harder than gold, silver, and steel! It is a lot more brittle, though, so it still wouldn’t make very good construction material.

Enamel fighting with weaker materials

Dental fillings are believed to be 13,000 years old

Tooth decay has been around as long as we have. And it seems like ancient humans did not simply sit around with this problem on their hands. Scientists have recently found evidence of dental fillings being done in the hunter‐gatherer period in Italy. We can guess that treatment back then was significantly less comfortable than today.

Archaeological excavations

A snail's mouth has over 25,000 teeth while being the size of a head of a pin

Snails are the toothiest animals on earth. Their dentition may not be exactly the same as ours, but it serves the same purpose: it helps them eat. The umbrella slug goes through about 750,000 throughout its lifetime.

Snail with thousands of teeth

Regular dental cleanings can prevent heart attacks

Diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease can all be linked to poor oral hygiene. While regular dental cleanings are recommended by the ADA at least once a year, many Americans neglect to do this. So get your teeth cleaned before you need to visit a cardiologist!

Heart strenghtened by clean healthy teeth

Just like unique fingerprints, humans also have a unique tongue print

Ever wonder why murderers don’t lick crime scenes? It’s because it would completely give them away! Your tongue is as individual to you as your fingerprints. And while you can whip up some gloves to cover those, make sure to also keep your tongue in your mouth when committing the perfect crime.

Tongue prints taken from inmates

Teeth can be implanted to help restore eyesight

A part of a canine or premolar tooth can be implanted upon the eye to help those with sight defects regain vision. The procedure was first conducted in the 1960s in Rome, but the method has been perfected since then. Don’t you just feel like we’re living in the future?

Eyesight can be restored by tooth surgery

Tooth buds appear before a child is born

The substance which eventually makes up your teeth forms in the sixth week of fetal development. The hard tissues appear around 3 to 4 months into the pregnancy. So even though a baby has no teeth, primary and secondary dentition is all queued up and ready to go when the right time comes!

Tooth buds appear before a child is born

100 years ago, 50% of adults in North America were toothless

Lack of teeth has many disadvantages, both for the mouth and the entire body. Many studies prove that being toothless makes the quality of life much lower. Thankfully, the incidence of edentulism has improved greatly during the last century. That’s proof that brushing those pearly whites is of utmost importance!

Toothless Americans

During your lifetime your mouth will produce enough spit to fill a swimming pool

Think about how much you swallow every day. The human mouth makes an average of 10,000 gallons of saliva in a lifetime. That’s about the amount of a swimming pool. Now, how about taking a dip?

Saliva production

Toothaches can cause more discomfort when you’re laying down

It may seem like the minute you want to go to sleep, your toothache becomes worse. This is not just a feeling, the pain is actually getting worse. The reason is that when you lay down, blood rushes to your head. More pressure is put on areas in the mouth that might be painful anyway.

Toothache in lying position

Replacing a toothbrush after being sick helps prevent re-infection

Toothbrushes, just like sponges and nail files, can get contaminated. What’s the point of brushing your teeth with viruses and bacteria? Other than replacing your toothbrush after the recommended 3-4 months, make sure to buy a new one if you’ve been sick.

Replacing toothbrush after infection

Smokers are 4 times more likely to lose their teeth

Yep, you can add this to the list of problems associated with cigarettes. Studies show that smokers, especially men, are at a significantly higher risk of losing their teeth. The rates drop dramatically for those who have quit. Do you really need another reason to do the same?

Tooth loss among smokers

Kissing a donkey was considered a cure for toothache

It’s a shame we can’t just kiss our pets instead of going to the dentist. It seems, however, that the middle ages were a different time. Kissing donkeys was a customary recommendation to relieve toothaches. While today your dentist will likely simply tell you to brush twice a day, it can’t hurt to spoil your dog or cat with extra affection.

Donkey kiss as a painkiller for toothache

A dentist was the first person to use anesthesia

Yes, surgeons all around the world have a dentist to thank for this amazing discovery. In October 1846, William T.G. Morton used ether to sedate a patient who needed a tumor removed from his neck. While it’s sad for him, we bet you’re happy you don’t have to endure the pain of raw tooth removal, huh?

Anesthesia history

13% of children wake up after having a nightmare about oral health

The less you know, the better you sleep. It seems like this statement is not entirely true. Child psychologists claim that children may have nightmares to do with oral health due to lack of knowledge on the subject. That’s why desensitizing children should begin as soon as possible. There’s a myriad of books, films, games, and apps that can help you do this!

Oral nightmares in the childhood