10 Amazing Yet Weird Facts About Teeth

Your quick 5 minute trivia for the day about teeth is sure to keep you thinking all day! Read now!

We interact with them on a daily basis; they perform routine activities from opening packages to chomping down food. What are we talking about? Teeth! Despite interacting with them multiple times a day, we fail to even come close to the fact of recognizing how important teeth are. Made available to us since our infancy, teeth are a set of multipurpose tools that come with their own set of unbelievable or crazy facts. Join us, educate yourself and let’s explore the fascinating world of teeth. It’s time to amaze yourself with these ten crazy facts about teeth.

  1. Did you know the hardest part of your body is the top surface of your tooth known as ‘enamel?’
  2. The way you chew is as unique as your stride or the way you fold clothes. There are slow chewers and fast chewers, short chewers and long chewers, left-chewing people and right-chewing people, some chew side to side and others up and down. Your oral processing behaviours are a physical fingerprint.
  3. The amount of saliva produced in your mouth in a lifetime is about 24000 litres – that is sufficient to fill two swimming pools! Saliva not only helps with digestion but also keeps the bacteria away in your mouth.
  4. Only two thirds of the length of your tooth is visible, the remaining one third is underneath your gums.
  5. You teeth are as unique and one-of-a-kind, just like your fingerprint. No two people have the same teeth. No wonder on ‘CSI’ and other detective shows you hear the words ‘dental records’ being thrown around.
  6. Human teeth have the ability to detect a grit or grain of sand that is 10 microns in diameter. FYI: A micron is 1/25,000 of an inch. To make it simpler, if you shrink a coke can till it reaches the diameter of a human hair, the letter ‘O’ of Coke would sum up to about 10 microns. Unbelievable right?
  7. Teeth start developing when you are in the womb and they start of as baby teeth or milk teeth and appear only when your 6 to 12 months old.
  8. Teeth, unlike bones or skin are not capable of self-repair. This is why you need to visit your dentist regularly.
  9. In the crazy scenario you get your teeth knocked out, instantly put it in milk and hold it in your mouth. This helps the tooth survive longer. But of course, you need to visit the dentist immediately! Once knocked out, a tooth can survive for 15 minutes.
  10. At any given time, there are about 100-200 species of bacteria living in your mouth. People who practice oral hygiene possibly have 1,000 to 100,000 bacteria that live on each tooth surface whereas, those with mouths that are not as clean can have anywhere between 100 million and 1 billion bacteria living on each tooth surface.

Are you fascinated yet? Rather amazed? It’s absurd that there so much going in just your mouth region and that you didn’t know about it. Stay tuned for more articles on how the world of teeth can fascinate you. Remember, life is short smile all you can while you still have those teeth!

 

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