Five Weird Facts About Teeth

Posted by Taylor Schachter on Dec 17 2019, 07:15 PM

Five Weird Facts About Teeth

Let’s face it: Teeth are weird things! Made of the hardest material in your body, teeth aren’t actually bones. Each individual tooth can withstand 168 pounds of pressure per bite - all in all that’s 5,600 pounds of pressure throughout your entire mouth. Think that’s weird? Here are some more cool-but-weird facts about your teeth.

Plaque Is Really Gross

That gross, sticky plaque that binds to your teeth (and that you brush away each day) contains more than 300 different species of bacteria - gross!

Your Teeth Are Unique

Your teeth are as unique as your fingerprints. That’s because each person's teeth are shaped and arranged differently from anyone else’s on Earth.

We Generate a Lot of Saliva

We generate on average 25,000 quarts of saliva over a lifetime – that’s enough to fill two swimming pools!

Long in the Tooth ...

The longest human tooth on record was a whopping 3.67 cm long. It was a canine tooth belonging to an Indian man named Urvil Patel. Patel now holds the Guinness World Record for the longest tooth.

Toothpaste Is Really Old

The first indications of toothpaste are over 5,000 years old. The ancient Egyptians developed a paste made of wine and pumice to brush their teeth with. Ouch!

To clean your own fascinating teeth, give Dr. Abelar’s office a call at 858-256-4707.

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