It can be fun to explore some of the mysteries of your teeth that go beyond your ability to chew, speak and look good. Here are some interesting tooth facts that you may not have learned in your visits to a family dentistry practice, along with some tips for making the most of your smile.
Interesting Facts About Teeth
Did you know this about your teeth?
- Your teeth are unique, like fingerprints: Each tooth has a unique design. No two canines, incisors, or molars are identical, even in a single person’s smile.
- Your smile’s blueprint is in place from birth: When you are born, the crowns of your baby teeth are already in place, preparing to erupt into the smile within 3-6 months. At the same time, your permanent teeth are starting to form so that they can eventually make their debut.
- Your teeth reveal many bits of information about your life: Your teeth have a collection of data from your lifetime, shedding light on where you’ve lived, your nutrition, illnesses and even times when you’ve been stressed out.
- Ancient societies recognized the importance of good oral hygiene: They may not have been able to go to a local family dentistry practice, but early humans did understand the importance of oral hygiene. They used rudimentary toothbrushes made of twigs to clean the teeth, and concocted substances to polish their teeth from materials available to them.
Keeping Your Smile In Optimal Condition
Fortunately, the oral hygiene tools and techniques that we have at our disposal are far more effective than those used by our earliest ancestors. It’s important that you use them consistently to maintain your smile.
At a minimum, patients should be brushing twice each day and flossing daily. Make sure that you’re using proper technique and a brush that is in good condition. You should switch to a new brush every three months or so.
Adequate professional care is also essential to good oral health. Visit your family dentistry practice twice a year for checkups and thorough professional cleanings to keep your smile in tip top shape.
To learn more about the marvels of your teeth, ask us at your next cleaning and checkup. We are always happy to share our knowledge with you!