Dental Trivia

Dental Trivia and Tips

  • The higher the sugar content in foods, the greater the risk for cavities.
  • The higher the starch content in food, the greater the chance for cavities.
  • Frequent snacking increases chance for cavities.
  • Sticky or dry foods adhere to teeth and increase chance for cavities.
  • Cheese and other dairy products can be anti-cariogenic due to their buffering effect. However, in combination with sugars or starches, they are not.
  • Fruit juices contain sugar and water and are no better for your teeth than soda pop drinks.
  • The amount of time food remains in the mouth, the greater the chance for decay.
  • The sequence that foods are eaten can determine the risk for cavities, i.e., if you eat sugary foods after meals, you decrease the chance for cavities, as opposed to just eating sugary foods alone.
  • Tartar-fighting toothpastes can cause blemishes around the mouth. It is important after brushing your teeth to wash your face thoroughly.
  • Tartar-control toothpastes may cause sensitivity in teeth due to the pyrophosphates they contain. Sensitivity-formulated toothpastes can take 4 weeks or longer to take effect before helping reduce the sensitivity.
  • There are almost 9,000 accidental pockings and piercings with toothpicks per year.
  • At least 20 new ideas for tooth care devices appeared in the magazine Popular Mechanics between 1920 and 1930. Interplak was the first rotary action toothbrush for home use that appeared in 1987.
  • Routine Dental Radiographs (x-rays), may be an effective tool in preventing strokes.
  • The most common injuries found in sports related injuries are orofacial.
  • Anyone playing any type of contact sport should wear a stock or custom mouthguard.
  • Although many people believe raisins are much healthier than chocolate, they can cause a higher incidence for tooth decay, due to their sticky properties and adherence to the tooth’s surface for prolonged periods of time.
  • According to Consumer Reports, dentists are among the 5 most trusted professionals in the United States.
  • In the United States, close to 3 million miles of dental floss was purchased in 1996 by dental consumers.
    Approximately $ 2 Billion a year is spent on dental products like toothpastes, mouthwashes and dental floss.
  • Approximately 94% of Americans say they brush nightly while only 81% say they brush first thing in the morning.
  • Earliest record of a toothbrush was found in Chinese literature about 1600 AD
  • In Arabia and India, dental cleaning sticks had a religious significance.
  • Prayers are made while brushing- 15 minutes of toothbrushing is said to equal 70 prayers.
  • The electric toothbrush was first introduced in 1939.
  • The first toothbrush was made by William Addis of Clerkenwald, England.
  • The Florence Manufacturing Company of Massachusetts, was one of the first companies to produce toothbrushes in America in 1885. The first model was the Pro-phy-lac-tic brush. This company was also the first to distribute the toothbrushes in boxes to prevent any cross contamination.
  • The first American to gain a patent for a toothbrush was H. N. Wadsworth.

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