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5 Fast Facts About Your Teeth!

Our teeth are more than just bone in our mouth, they help us communicate emotion, chew, speak, and even act as an accessory – have you ever heard the quote “you are never fully dressed without a smile”? Sometimes we forget about their significance, so we have come up with some “tooth truths” to remind us how teeth are really amazing!

1. People began polishing their teeth in 5000 B.C.
Leave it to the Egyptians! At around 5,000 B.C., by using crushed eggshells (full of calcium by the way) and ground hooves, the Egyptians began cleaning and polishing their teeth! Fast forward to the 1700’s when a British inventor created the first toothbrush with a bone handle and boar bristles!

2. Teeth and trees have a lot in common!
Just as tree bark and the rings inside a tree tell its story, age, and whether it is diseased, dental experts can tell a great deal about us just by examining our teeth. Teeth reveal our age, how we eat, and even carry environmental markers about where we have lived on Earth! In addition, our teeth show clues about our health, stress levels, even illnesses we may have endured. Our teeth are like mini health diaries!

3. No two teeth are alike!
Like snowflakes, no two teeth are alike. In our lifetime we have a total of 52 teeth, 20 baby teeth and 32 permanent teeth that serve us in adulthood. Each tooth has its own unique size, shape, and profile and they vary widely from person to person. Your smile is unique to only you making it one-of-a-kind!

4. You have teeth the day you are born!
Though the teeth are not visible, when a baby is born the crowns of their teeth – all 20 of them – are present under the gums just waiting for the right time to burst through, usually by the age of 6 months. (Ouch!) As your child grows, so are the crowns and roots of the adult teeth that will serve them throughout their adult life.

5. Floss like a boss!
We have all heard it, “are you flossing”? Cleaning between your teeth is just as important as brushing. The surfaces between your teeth make up a significant part of tooth enamel. In order to maintain a healthy smile, it is imperative the enamel between teeth is cleaned making it harder for bacteria to grow.

Your teeth are amazing and unique to only you! Be sure to schedule regular checkups with your dentist ensuring your one-and-only smile stays amazing! Are you looking for a dentist in the Charlotte area, call Premier Dentist today.