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Here are the top 25 most shocking facts about teeth

  • Most of us believe that bones are the hardest substance in the human body, but actually, it’s our tooth enamel! But don’t test it on bottle caps- it can be damaged by metal or glass.
  • Over 300 different species of bacteria are found in plaque. Remember to use mouthwash to kill them!
  • On average, a person spends only about 48 seconds per day brushing their teeth. But dentists recommend brushing for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Airborne particles from toilet flushing can actually make their way to your toothbrush bristles! Keep your toothbrushes in a drawer, or at least 6 feet from the toilet.
  • A West Virginia prison inmate in 1994 braided dental floss into a rope to climb up a wall- and successfully escaped! Dentists suggest that using it will clean up to 35% of your teeth’s surfaces that get missed when brushing alone.
  • Contrary to belief, do not place a cap on your toothbrush. It is actually causing bacteria to accumulate and fester within the moist environment.
  • Did you know that 59% of people would rather have a dental appointment instead of sitting next to a person that’s talking on a cell phone? Three out of every four Individual have some form of periodontal gum disease- the leading cause of tooth loss for people older than 35. But the good news is that gum disease can be prevented and can be controlled.
  • The first official toothbrush commercial was made in 1938
  • In 1948 in China, the first toothbrush with bristles was made by using hair from horses, hogs, and badgers.
  • Did you snail’s mouth is no larger than a pinhead- but it has more than 25,000 teeth.
  • The Romans used impressive dental technology for their time. They fixed cavity-ridden teeth with gold crowns. They also made bridges to fix gaps from missing teeth. They even had a form of toothpaste- a mix of honey and crushed eggshells.
  • In Medieval Germany, the only believed way to cure a toothache was to kiss a donkey!
  • The most choked on object is a toothpick. So… Choose floss instead!
  • The average woman smiles about 62 times per day, but the average man smiles only 8 times per day! Smile!
  • 50% of people say that someone’s smile is the first physical trait they notice!
  • Much like your fingerprints, we all have a unique set of teeth. Even a set of identical twins will always have different “dental fingerprints.”
  • Sports-related injuries are the cause for around 5 million missing teeth every year! Wear a mouth guard to protect your champers!

Here are our Top 5 Tips on how to get the most out of your daily brushing routine:

  • Brush for 2 MinutesA proper brushing should last for 2 minutes, or 120 seconds. Unfortunately, most of us are not aware of that! But it’s never too late to start. To help you get the timing just right, you can.
    • Use a stopwatch
    • Set an alarm to go off in 2 minutes
    • Use an egg timer
    • Keep an eye on the clock
    • Play a song that’s around 2 minutes in length and brush to the music!
    Remember, gently use short strokes. Be mindful of brushing along your gumline, molar teeth, fillings, or crowns.
  • Tilt your toothbrush to brush your gums.
    • Use the toothbrush in a way that gives you the most advantage! Tilt your toothbrush on an angle of about 45 degrees. Not only will this technique help you brush more of the inner and the outer surfaces of your teeth efficiently, it will help to brush your gums as well. Sweep the toothbrush upwards and away from the gum line on an angle in a rolling motion.
    • Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
      • Your tongue needs some attention, too! Be sure to gently brush your tongue. This helps to remove excess bacteria and give you even fresher breath!
    • Your tools are important… Replace your toothbrush!
      • Your toothbrush won’t last forever, it will eventually show wear just like any other tool you use. Replace your toothbrush about every 3 months. Also, it’s time for a new one after you’ve had a cold. Toothbrushes hold germs in their bristles. Avoid spreading them by tossing out the old and bringing in the new.
    • Choose a toothpaste that meets your specific needs.
      • Fortunately, there are several types of toothpastes for us to choose from. Pick one that suits your teeth- are they sensitive? Use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth! Gingivitis? There are toothpastes to help with that too. Whether your teeth are stained, have tartar, or have had cavities- there is a toothpaste out there for them. Take your pick!Lastly, make sure you visit your dentist for regular check-ups to make sure that your oral hygiene routines are optimal

    Teeth Whitening FAQ for Patients in The Dome MedDental Clinic

    Your smile goes a long way in making a first impression, which is why so many people in The Dome MedDental Clinic actively see out the best teeth whitening products. No matter how clean your teeth are, most people’s teeth fall into any range of light gray to yellow colors. For the brilliant smile you are after, Lumibrite teeth whitening gel can give you the ultimate smile that can dazzle.

    What causes tooth discoloring?

    Everyday items like medication, red wine, sodas and coffee can stain and discolor your teeth. Regular usage and smoking cigarettes or cigars can also discolor and stain your front teeth. Aging and the natural processes behind it also contribute to the discoloration of your teeth.

    Candies and foods with coloring in them can also lead to the staining of your teeth.

    Q: Are teeth whitening products safe?

    A: Over the counter products and in office whiteners can vary in how they whiten your teeth as well as range in effectiveness. When you want the best teeth whitening product, look for those that have been evaluated or approved by the Dental Association Authorities. Taking a look for the seal of approval is a quick and easy way to check that the teeth whitening product you are looking at is proven and safe.

    Q: How do teeth whitening products work?

    A: Most cream and pastes utilize whitening agents to cleanse through the use of peroxide. Either by ceramide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide in varying levels of concentration lightens your teeth and your enamel by passing oxygen through the gels to whiten your teeth. This bleaching process can be sped up through emulsions and additional propagators like teeth whitening lamps.

    As long as you choose a whitening that is suited for your purpose, it is likely to be effective in combination with comprehensive family dental care in MedDental clinic, we offer different options for whitening along with comprehensive dental services.

    Removing Wisdom Teeth

    This article is about removing wisdom teeth.

    What are wisdom teeth? What is their function?

    Wisdom teeth! They are the third, final set of molars are developed during late teenage years and early twenties. Sometimes they’re a valuable asset to a person’s mouth if they’re actually healthy and aligned properly, but usually they’re totally misaligned and need to be removed.

    Why do we extract wisdom teeth?

    Wisdom teeth may be positioned horizontally. They can be angled away from or towards the mouth’s second set of molars. Or, they may be angled inwards or outwards. Wisdom teeth in such positions can crowd a person’s teeth, or damage them. They can also cause pain in the jaw and nerves.

    Wisdom teeth can be more complicated than you think! They might be impacted, meaning they’re enclosed inside soft tissue, or in the jawbone. They can also be partially broken through the gums., which can allow an opening for bacteria to get in around the tooth and get infected. This may result in swolleness, painful jaw stiffness, and illness. These partially showing wisdom teeth are prone to tooth decay and gum disease since their awkward positioning makes brushing them very difficult.

    Your dentist or your oral surgeon might advise that your wisdom teeth be removed even before problems develop. They would make this decision based on your X-rays, as well as your own discomfort while they’re growing. Removing the wisdom teeth sooner than later will prevent more complicated extractions. The younger patient is easier to extract wisdom teeth from, because their wisdom teeth roots are not developed fully yet, and the jawbone is much less dense. In more mature patients, the healing and recovery time is longer.

    How are wisdom teeth removed?

    A wisdom tooth that is fully broken through the gum can be removed easily, like any other tooth can be. However, wisdom teeth beneath gums, embedded in jawbone, will require an incision to be made in the gums. Then, the surgeon will remove the portion of bone that lies over the tooth. Often in this situation, the tooth will be cut into smaller pieces, then those pieces will be carefully extracted. Doing this instead of taking out big the tooth as a whole minimizes the amount of bone that would have to be removed to get the wisdom tooth out.

    To learn more about removing wisdom teeth, Please contact The Dome MedDental Clinic office today for a free consultation.

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