Did you know? – 10 Dental Facts

Tips for Managing Dental Problems at Home

We thought we’d share some interesting facts that you might not know about teeth and how to look after them. Our teeth really are an incredible part of our body!


Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, even stronger than bone. It can however be worn down by acid and a build-up of bacteria.


The teeth are the only things in the human body that can’t self-repair so it’s extremely important to look after them. The outer layer of enamel protects the teeth, but it isn’t a living tissue and if lost can’t be replaced.


The plaque found on your teeth is home to more than 300 different species of bacteria.


On average, people spend about 45 to 70 seconds brushing their teeth. However, the recommended time for brushing your teeth is two minutes, twice a day. So, many people fall short.


Teeth are as unique as fingerprints. Even identical twins have different dental patterns.


Avoid covering your toothbrush with a cap as moist environments can promote bacterial growth.


Aim to keep your toothbrush at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from the toilet as airborne particles from toilet flushing can make their way to your toothbrush bristles!


Saliva production varies throughout the day, with the highest levels typically occurring in the late afternoon. An average adult will produce around 1 to 2 litres of saliva each day. It’s really important. Research shows that it protects against gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral infections.


Babies start to develop teeth in the womb between the sixth and eighth week of pregnancy. These teeth are hidden beneath the gums until they erupt at around 6 months old.


Teeth are kind of like icebergs. Two thirds of each tooth is visible and the other third (the root) is hidden below your gum.

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