Dental Facts

Did You Know?

Interesting and Crazy Dental Facts

  • Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body.
  • The plaque found on your teeth is home to more than 300 different species of bacteria.
  • While dentists recommend brushing your teeth for at least 2 or 3 minutes, the average person spends about 48 seconds per day brushing their teeth
  • In 1994, a West Virginia prison inmate braided dental floss into a rope, scaled the wall, and escaped.
  • The common practice of placing a cap on your toothbrush is actually more detrimental–bacteria favor the moist environment, which increases reproduction.
  • According to a recent survey by Time magazine, 59 percent of people would rather have a dental appointment than sit next to someone who is talking on a cell phone.
  • In 1498, the first toothbrush with bristles was made in China, using hair from hogs, horses, and badgers. The first official commercial toothbrush was manufactured in 1938.
  • In early America, blacksmiths often also served as dentists.
  • In Egypt, mummies have been found with fillings comprised of resin and malachite, and gold wire was used to bind together loose teeth.
  • In Medieval Germany, the only cure for a toothache was to kiss a donkey.
  • 73 percent of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss.
  • Like your fingerprints, everyone has a unique set of teeth. Even identical twins have different dental fingerprints.
  • The stone-faced farmer in artist Grant Wood’s famous “American Gothic” painting was actually the artist’s dentist.
  • Americans spend $100 billion per year on hair care products – and only $2 billion a year on dental care products.
  • Contrary to popular belief, George Washington’s famous dentures weren’t made from wood. His four pairs of custom chompers were crafted from gold, ivory, lead and a mixture of human, donkey, and hippopotamus teeth.
  • The cotton candy making machine that made widely consumed cotton candy possible was co-invented by a dentist. Before it was cotton candy, the fluffy confection was
    called “fairy floss.”

Now you know!