Top 10 Facts About Your Teeth
Ignoring your dental health can lead to serious health problems, so if you’re putting off your next check-up until you need to see a 24-hour emergency dentist in Perth then we recommend getting to know your smile a little better! Our dental emergency specialists are ready for anything their Perth patients need, but you can avoid any serious disasters by remaining aware of your oral hygiene and taking care of your pearly whites. Here are some interesting facts to get you interested in teeth and dentistry.
- Coming in second place after the common cold, dental decay is the world’s second-most common disease, as well as being the oldest. Signs of tooth decay have been discovered in the remaining skulls of prehistoric humans.
- Research shows us that ancient cultures understood the benefits of dental care, and in the place of toothbrushes they used twigs and roots. By chewing on these, they were able to give their teeth a coarse cleaning.
- Cows are known for their cartoonish side-to-side chewing, while we humans chew up and down… Right? Well actually, we chew the same way in a side-to-side motion.
- Sometimes the only part of a person that stand the test of time is their teeth, proving that dental enamel is the hardest substance on the human body – even harder than bone!
- Mammals only get two set of teeth, and humans are no different. We get our baby teeth and our adult teeth, whereas in other toothed vertebrates the old are replaced by new teeth.
- Our bones and skin are able to repair themselves should they become broken or torn. Our teeth, unfortunately, cannot. This is why dental work such as fillings are so important to protecting our teeth from further damage.
- In Australia, over 20% of people over age 65 do not have any of their original teeth remaining. For age groups 45-64, the number is just over 5%.
- In 2011, a Canadian dentist bought the discoloured molar of John Lennon at an auction for $31,200! His plans were to eventually clone the renowned musician by extracting the remaining DNA from the tooth.
- Our teeth contain stem cells, which means that researchers can use these stem cells to grow new human teeth! This means that someday we could be replacing our lost teeth with brand new teeth after all.
- More than 1 in 3, or seven million, Australians go without dental care, or delay treatment, due to financial reasons.
If you’re concerned about your dental wellbeing, or if you’ve been putting off a check-up for a while now, then it’s a good idea to make an appointment with Carillon City Dental. Our team of expert professionals can make sure that your smile is healthy and clean, and advise you on any further procedures or care that your teeth may need. Regular brushing and flossing can help you to avoid any dental emergencies or urgent care, and keep you clear of any problems or irregularities later in life.